Hurricanes falling short says Boyd

05 March 2018 01:19:27 EST

Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has demanded more from his side, despite seeing them beat the Jaguares 34-9.

The Wellington franchise ran in five tries without reply in Buenos Aires, getting them off the mark for the Super Rugby season, after they'd lost away to the Bulls in their opening match.

They now face the team most likely to challenge them at the top of the New Zealand Conference, the Crusaders, in a big clash at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

And though the visitors will be without star first five-eigthth Richie Mo'unga, who's out for an extended spell after breaking his jaw, Boyd says his team will have to raise their game if they're to overcome the Christchurch team.

They had a comfortable victory margin against the Jaguares, but their set-pieces were not too solid and they took too little care in possession at Estadio Jose Amalfitani.

"There was little patches of good footy and then there was some patches in between that weren't so great," said Boyd.

"It was a long way from a complete performance - a long, long way - but I think it was a step in the right direction after a poor performance last week."

The coach expects the Crusaders to be just as strong without Mo'unga, as they can choose between Mitchell Hunt and Mike Delany as his replacement.

"They bring slightly different things to the game and I'd be interested to see which one they pick but, at the end of the day, we'll just plan accordingly," Boyd said of the opposition.

"It'll be business as usual; we've had a look at the last couple of Crusaders games and there's plenty in there that you know is coming at you, that's for sure."

The Hurricanes are 1212/1 to win the Super Rugby Grand Final, with the Crusaders 2/25 and the Chiefs 5000/1.

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