DURBAN – The Hurricanes had never beaten the Sharks in Durban in the 25 years of Super Rugby until the weekend and their coach, John Plumtree said the key was getting stuck into the Sharks physically and ruffling their feathers.
The game was a mean-spirited, ill-tempered affair with constant blow-ups between the players. Both sides refused to budge an inch, and with the Sharks not enjoying the physical dominance that had been predicted, they battled to get their game going for periods of the game.
The Sharks sunk to a 3-20 deficit after just 20 minutes but fought back valiantly to 17-20 before the game got away from them in the final quarter.
“Physicality was always going to be the key to winning... Absolutely,” Plumtree admitted. “We read and heard plenty about what they were going to bring to the game (physically) so that added fuel to our fire, which was great.
“For us as a Hurricanes team to come over here and win in Durban for the first time since Super Rugby started is very special,” Plumtree acknowledged.