TJ Perenara reveals the key behind the Hurricanes’ good begin

Halfback TJ Perenara has credited the Hurricanes’ depth as the key behind the team’s good begin to the season after they left it late to beat the Crusaders 14-10 in Christchurch.

Down by three factors with the full-time hooter virtually warming up, the Canes determined to not take a penalty shot at objective as they as a substitute opted to pack down for a scrum.

After the scrum was blown up for a penalty, and Du’Plessis Kirifi selected to attempt to steal the victory by taking a fast faucet, the Hurricanes unleashed an onslaught of attacking stress onto the attempt line.

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Eventually, replacement Justin Sangster crashed over for the match-winning score as the men from the capital kept their unbeaten run in 2024 alive.

It was a historic five-pointer as the Hurricanes went on to claim only their seventh win ever over the Crusaders in Christchurch, while the hosts’ winless run this season stretches to four games.

“It’s a tough place to win,” TJ Perenara said on Sky Sport NZ’s broadcast.

“Coming down here and playing against a Crusaders outfit, I know that they haven’t started the season the way they wanted to but they’re always a force to be reckoned with.

“Getting a win over them down here is important for us, it’s important for our season… it hasn’t happened a bunch of times so we cherish each time we get one.”

After starting their season with wins over the Western Force, Queensland Reds and Blues, the Hurricanes’ depth was tested again in round four against the ‘Saders.

Without the likes of Brad Shields and Jordie Barrett, other players have stepped up this season when they’ve needed to. As Perenara explained, that’s why the Hurricanes have started strong.

“We’ve got a good squad, we’ve got a deep squad as well,” Perenara added.

“Our ability to have players in and out, people starting, people coming off the bench – the range of talent in our environment… once we get on the field we’re really confident in what we can do out there.

“We understand there’s a lot of good teams in this competition and on any given day, if a team plays at their highest level and we’re off a little bit, we can be (beaten) by them.

“Our ability to stay at the best that we can be at, we think we’ve got a really good chance at winning most games.”

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