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Bonus point win welcomed by Boyd

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Friday, May 11, 2018    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Coach Chris Boyd said one of the disappointments in what is shaping as something of another memorable season for his side was their inability to score a lot of bonus points.

"We've generally accumulated, over the last few years, a lot of bonus points.

"We haven't done that this year and I think in 2016 on the back of quite a number of bonus points in the last week we went from seventh to first on the log and it makes a massive difference where you are going to play your quarters from there. So yes, the most pleasing point was to get the bonus point," he said.

Boyd said he had been disappointed with the Hurricanes' first half and in the end it was the contribution of his substitutes that spelled the difference.

Another player to make a large impact on the game was No.8 Gareth Evans who has been making the most of his transfer from the Highlanders to his home region.

"Gareth has been really good for us. He's a really capable footballer, he's got a really good understanding of defensive lineouts," Boyd said.

"Gareth is a smart footballer and he's got a good balance in his attack and his defence. He's not physically brutal as someone like Akira [Ioane] is, Luke Whitelock is a very good example of a defending No.8 and Gareth I think is a really good allrounder," he said.

Introducing halfback TJ Perenara, coming back from injury, with 30 minutes to go had been crucial. The side needed a spark, he said, and he gave that immediately.

"His energy on attack and defence, his commitment around the place and also the way he organises other people is really important to us," he said.

Captain Brad Shields' call-up for England's June tour of South Africa had been pleasing. Shields had been determined to play international rugby and when the chance didn't come for the All Blacks, he had taken his chance with England.

As a consequence of that, there was every chance Shields would not play the first Super Rugby game after the Test series. If he was selected for the third Test he was unlikely to be back in New Zealand until the Tuesday afterwards. That week the Hurricanes play the Brumbies.

But with players of the quality of Gareth Evans, Ardie Savea, Blade Thompson and Reed Prinsep it wouldn't be too much of an issue, he said.