Hurricanes brace for Reds onslaught

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Thursday, May 17, 2018    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

The Reds suffered a heavy 28-63 loss to the Sunwolves last weekend and Hurricanes captain TJ Perenara said he knew from his own experience how his side reacted when they had been beaten or hadn't played well and that was what they expected the Reds would be wanting to achieve at Westpac Stadium.

"If you recall we got pumped by the Sharks in Durban a few years ago and we came back and used that as fuel for the rest of the season and won the championship. We got on a run post that game and we didn't lose a game.

"We know what happens when teams lose games and when you've got your backs against the wall you come together as a group and your performance after that is often one of your best performances so we know the threat that they hold this week," Perenara said.

The Reds have had wins over the Bulls, the Jaguares and the Lions so they could not be taken lightly at all.

Perenara said the goal was always to be looking for the perfect game and while that was often a stretch ahead it remained something the side strived to achieve each week and while they might fall short of it, it was always something to keep working towards.

He wasn't so concerned about the dominance New Zealand teams have achieved over Australian sides, it was more about wanting to make Westpac Stadium a hard place for other teams to win.

Winning away from home and at home was his goal all the time, but having a fortress in Wellington was the incentive.

"The more you can build a fortress, and an aura, the harder it can be and all the confidence you get is something we are aware of and we do pride ourselves on," he said.

"We know we only get limited time to run out on the field each year and when we do get that opportunity we make sure we make the most of it," he said.