Larkham begins Hurricanes mind-games

Date published: June 23 2015

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has questioned how sharp the Hurricanes may be after their rest week ahead of their Super Rugby semi-final.

While the Brumbies travel back from Cape Town to Canberra before heading on to Wellington, the Hurricanes had their feet up after finishing in first spot and securing a home semi-final.

Larkham queried whether that rest, plus players coming back from injury, might mean that some of the 'Canes fluidity would be hindered.

"They've had the week off, they'll be nice and fresh, but maybe their combinations will be lacking," Larkham told the Canberra Times.

"They've had a number of injuries over the last couple rounds and a lot of those players are potentially coming back this week.

"We'll see if that affects their combinations. For us, it's about continuing the momentum that we've had."

Larkham did however recognise why the Hurricanes have been so successful this season, picking up 14 wins from their 16 matches.

"They've been quite physical and their unstructured attack is good," added Larkham.

"You could say their backline is where their biggest threat is, but their forward pack has been playing exceptionally well.

"That's the reason they're on top… they've got a really good all-round game."