The Hurricanes are embarrassed by their performance in their 52-10 loss to Brumbies in Canberra according to All Blacks back-row Victor Vito.
Vito didn’t mince his words in the aftermath of Friday’s thrashing by the Brumbies, who outscored them seven tries to one.
“It hurts having to say that,” Vito told Fairfax Media.
The 28-year-old feels it’s not stretching things to say 2015’s runners-up were embarrassed by the result.
“For the team we want to be, I think personally that we were [embarrassed],” he added.
“At the time I didn’t want to see anyone, but we’ve got over it and you’ve got to make sure you lick your wounds in this competition.
“It’s only week one [but] the way it was feeling it was almost like we lost the final all over again.”
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd said some players received some hard truths when the team reviewed the match on Monday.
Boyd feels his charges’ response will be crucial when they take on defending champions the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday.
“It will be interesting to see [how the players react],” Boyd said.
“I don’t think anyone who does anything competitive likes to get a whipping and so I’m sure that some individuals and parts of the game will want to right their wrongs from the weekend.”