Non-try wasn't the issue for Hurricanes
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But Boyd said in the aftermatch press conference: "You could probably pick out 20 similar tries or no tries and you'd get 10 awarded and 10 not. It's one of those.
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"That is not the reason we lost the game.
"If the try was awarded we may have won the game but at the end of the day, frankly, we didn't deserve to win," he said.
Boyd was disappointed the Bulls finished stronger to negate the concentration the Hurricanes had applied to their build-up.
The Hurricanes travelled to Pretoria two days earlier than usual only to meet a Bulls team in better physical shape than in recent seasons. That was compounded by altitude issues which the Hurricanes felt they had prepared for.
"It is a game we prepared well for. We need to look back at that preparation because it delivered just about zero," he said.
The changed Bulls approach had not been an issue for the Hurricanes.
"What you know is that you are probably going to battle physically, that they are going to come at you physically and you have to stay in that contest for long periods of time otherwise it will be a long day at the office.
"That is exactly what happened to us. We didn't control tempo, we didn't control territory or momentum. We lost control of the game really and ultimately paid for it," he said.
Boyd said the Bulls deserved credit as they had played to a plan.
"I think they'd be delighted to win but I suspect, knowing Mitch [Bull coach John Mitchell] he would not be happy with the way they played either," he said.
Now the side had to confront the other issue of their tour, the demanding travel to Buenos Aires to prepare to play the Jaguares, who also lost in South Africa.
"Next week is a pretty key game for us, as it is for the Jaguares," he said.
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