Newsletter

Get the Sport24 daily newsletter delivered to your Inbox!

LIVE

    Boyd: Knockout momentum with Hurricanes

    2016-08-05 12:13

    Cape Town - Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd feels that his side's "knockout" attitude going to back to the beginning of May has been a key factor in their success.

    Boyd's team haven't lost since that 32-15 loss to the Sharks in Durban on May 7, finishing the regular season with five straight wins before triumphing in the quarter-final and semi-final against the Sharks and Chiefs.

    Building that experience of playing under the highest pressure Boyd feels is a key asset heading into Saturday's final.

    "If we go back to when we lost against the Sharks and came back home, I think we've been playing knockout football since then," Boyd told NZ Newswire.

    "So we've been playing knock-out football for a long time now and are getting pretty good at it. Last year, we didn't have the luxury of that momentum."

    Boyd also recognised the impressive form of the Lions in the play-offs following their big wins over the Crusaders and Highlanders over the last couple of weeks.

    Much has also been made of the battle at flyhalf between Beauden Barrett and Elton Jantjies, with Boyd hailing the Lions number ten as a quality player.

    "They've scored a huge number of points this year and dispatched two New Zealand sides in the last two weeks," Boyd said.

    "Clearly their set piece is going to be a key factor, especially if it's going to get wet.

    "I think [Barrett and Jantjies] are different, but they both have capable skills.

    "He [Jantjies] is a quality player and his confidence will be very high after the last couple of weeks."

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    23 February 2017
    • Rebels v Blues, AAMI Park 10:45
    24 February 2017
    • Highlanders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Reds v Sharks, Suncorp Stadium 11:00
    25 February 2017
    • Sunwolves v Hurricanes, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 06:15
    • Crusaders v Brumbies, AMI Stadium 08:35
    • Waratahs v Force, Allianz Stadium 10:45
    • Cheetahs v Lions, Toyota Stadium 15:05
    • Kings v Jaguares, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:15
    • Stormers v Bulls, Cape Town 19:30

    Results

    06 August 2016
    30 July 2016
    23 July 2016
    22 July 2016
    16 July 2016
    15 July 2016
    09 July 2016
    08 July 2016
    02 July 2016
    01 July 2016
    29 May 2016
    28 May 2016
    27 May 2016
    21 May 2016
    20 May 2016
    14 May 2016
    13 May 2016
    07 May 2016
    06 May 2016
    30 April 2016
    29 April 2016
    24 April 2016
    23 April 2016
    22 April 2016
    16 April 2016
    15 April 2016
    09 April 2016
    08 April 2016
    03 April 2016
    02 April 2016
    01 April 2016
    27 March 2016
    26 March 2016
    25 March 2016
    19 March 2016
    18 March 2016
    12 March 2016
    11 March 2016
    05 March 2016
    04 March 2016
    27 February 2016
    26 February 2016

    Opinion Poll

    The Kings will play this year's Currie Cup in the "B" First Division. How will this impact their Super Rugby participation next year?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.