Perenara shirks favourite tag
Canberra - Hurricanes scrumhalf TJ Perenara says the defending
champions are not favourites for the quarter-final clash with the Brumbies on
Even though the Hurricanes have won twice as many matches as
the Brumbies, the match will be played in Canberra due to the Super Rugby
"It is what it is, everyone knew the system before the
season started. Yes we'd like to be at home, but if you told me at the start of
the year we'd be in quarter-final anywhere, I would have taken it,"
Perenara told the Canberra Times.
The Brumbies have scored a measly 41 tries this season when
compared with the Hurricanes' tally of 89 tries. The Hurricanes are defending
champions and broke the Crusaders' unbeaten streak last weekend.
However, despite all the statistics swaying in favour of the
Hurricanes, there is one statistic that is making Perenara approach the tie
Last season, the Brumbies humiliated the Hurricanes 52-10 in
Canberra despite the Wellington outfit going on to win the entire competition.
And Perenara, who will continue to captain the side in
regular captain Dane Coles' absence, admits that he does not have happy
memories of playing in the Australian capital.
"We a got hiding here last year and throughout my
career I don't remember coming to Canberra and ever winning. Everyone knows
it's a tough place to come and get a win and we know we've got a big job ahead
for us," Perenara said.
"We haven't talked about being favourites, that's
external chat. Canberra is very tough place to play and the Brumbies is a very
proud franchise and they're playing in front of their home crowd for a spot in
"Regardless of what results have happened in the
season, when you come to crunch time, it doesn't mean anything. You can go
through a season unbeaten then lose in the quarter-final and your season is