WELLINGTON – Hurricanes scrumhalf TJ Perenara offered support to Salesi Rayasi and told the rookie winger not to curb his instincts after he was sinbinned for a deliberate knockdown in the Super Rugby quarter-finals on Saturday.
The 22-year-old, who also scored two tries after he replaced the injured Wes Goosen in the 19th minute, conceded a penalty try when he attempted to intercept the ball as South Africa's Bulls looked almost certain to score in the corner.
Rayasi's absence allowed Bulls winger Cornal Hendricks to grab his second try but the Hurricanes held on to win the match 35-28 and advance to a semi-final against the Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch next week.
"If he picks that off, he scores down the other end," Perenara said of the 52nd-minute incident when Rayasi attempted to intercept the ball less than 20-metres from his own line.
"For our players, I'm a big believer in trusting their instincts and pulling the trigger on it and we'll live with the consequences, good or bad.