Hurricanes title an All Blacks blueprint?

Another double column day for me today, with my latest column for South Africa-based Rugby365 also going live today. In it, I suspect the rush defence used so well by the Hurricanes to take the Super Rugby crown might just be a live trial for the All Blacks…

The Lions headed to Wellington for the Final against the Hurricanes with the best attack in Super Rugby, and arguably the most complete set piece – both scrum and line-out – were a definite strength for them.

Coming into the Final, the Lions had scored 81 tries; eleven more than the Hurricanes as the next best team to that point, and at an average of 4.8 tries per game.

But for all their abundant attacking ability, the Lions would still have to overcome one literal hurdle: the Hurricanes’ defence.

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