The Hurricanes have one of the most dangerous back lines in the competition with the likes of Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, Beauden Barrett and Andre Taylor making them lethal. In the loose they are very good too, with Victor Vito the leader of a group that also includes three other highly underrated players, as well as promising up-and-comers.
But as the old saying goes, you can have all the backs you want, the best flankers in the world, but you will struggle to get the best out of them without a good tight five.
The Reds got the better of the Hurricanes in this department in the weekend, particularly early where the Hurricanes couldn’t get anything going and found themselves trailing. They struggled defending the rolling maul from the Reds line-out, while the Reds also got the better of the breakdowns.
At times the Hurricanes were their own worst enemies, dropping too much ball and preventing them getting any flow on. But this is made all the more likely when the tight five is not setting a strong platform.
Ultimately it was a game they could have won, but they simply squandered too many chances.