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Canes' attack world-beating - Hammett

15th February 2014 13:29


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Bullish: Mark Hammett

Hurricanes boss Mark Hammett is happy with how his squad are shaping up, claiming their attack can defeat anyone.

The Hurricanes' pre-season matches have ended with a win over the Blues but losses to the Rebels and Crusaders.

Now the Wellington franchise travel to South Africa to face up against the Sharks in their opening match of the season.

Hammett admitted his team's defence needs work, but his bullish confidence in the Hurricanes' attacking game should raise some eyebrows - even with the likes of Beauden Barrett, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane and Julian Savea in the squad.

"I was really happy with some of our contact area,'' Hammett told the NZ Herald.

"I wouldn't say I'm really happy but I'm sort of 8/10 happy in terms of where we are starting to get to on our defence.

"And in terms of our shape on attack, when we've got the ball we'll beat any international side, so the attack's not really a concern.''

Notable absentees from the Hurricanes squad include Tim Bateman, Brad Shields, Victor Vito, Matt Proctor and Reg Goodes all due to injury.

Hurricanes squad for South Africa:

Forwards: Mark Abbott, James Broadhurst, Dane Coles, Ben Franks, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, Motu Matu'u, Mark Reddish, Ardie Savea, John Schwalger, Blade Thomson, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Brendon Edmonds, Chris Eves, Adam Hill.

Backs: Beauden Barrett, Marty Banks, Cory Jane, Alapati Leiua, James Marshall, Hadleigh Parkes, TJ Perenara, Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, Chris Smylie, Cardiff Vaega.

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