Canes deny Beau­den at back nod to ABs

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The Hur­ri­canes have dis­missed sug­ges­tions Beau­den Bar­rett's shift to full­back against the Chee­tahs tonight is due to pres­sure from ei­ther the All Blacks or Blues.

There are four changes in all, Otere Black slot­ting into the No 10 jersey, and pos­si­bly tak­ing the goal kicks, while Bar­rett starts his first Hur­ri­canes game at the back in more than four years.

Sam Lousi makes his first start at lock in place of Mark Ab­bott, while Wes Goosen replaces Cory Jane on the wing, and Ben May i s back at loose­head prop.

Hur­ri­canes coach Chris Boyd dis­missed claims Bar­rett's move was due to a quiet word from All Blacks se­lec­tors want­ing to see Bar­rett at No 15, and de­nied the el­e­va­tion of Black was a re­sponse to the Blues' court­ing of the Manawatu pivot.

“Some of those changes are around min­utes and vol­ume. The change with Otere was to give him some min­utes and to keep tick­ing over, while the de­ci­sion to rest Jordie [ Bar­rett] was to give him less min­utes. He could do with­out start­ing this week,” said Boyd.

Po­si­tional shuf­fling aside, the Hur­ri­canes are putting the onus on the for­wards to de­liver at set piece.

Although Boyd said ear­lier in the week the set piece stats against the Cru­saders last week­end were not as dire as first thought — a sur­pris­ing dec­la­ra­tion — the Hur­ri­canes have been drilling their li­ne­outs, at­tack­ing and de­fen­sive, with for­wards coach Richard Watt.

The Chee­tahs scored sev­eral tries off li­ne­out drives in their 50- 32 loss to the Blues, and ap­peal as a team will­ing to chance their arm, es­pe­cially as they could well be ex­it­ing the com­pe­ti­tion as one of the t wo South African fran­chises in pro­posed cuts.

The Hur­ri­canes are also not averse to in­no­va­tion, and even threw Jordie Bar­rett in at No 2 on a 5m li­ne­out against the Cru­saders.

He's tall and not too hefty to lift, so that idea was not as out­landish as it may have seemed.

But they would set­tle for a steady sup­ply of ball as they seek a bonus point vic­tory against the Chee­tahs.

More im­por­tantly, they seek a Beau­den Bar­rett Wes Goosen Vince Aso Ngani Laumape Ju­lian Savea Otere Black TJ Per­e­nara ( c) Brad Shields Ardie Savea Reed Prin­sep Vaea Fi­fita SamLousi J Toomaga- Allen Ricky Ric­citelli Ben May CBlom­metjies Sergeal Petersen Fran­cois Ven­ter ( c) Clin­ton Swart Ray­mond Rhule Fred Zeilinga Shaun Ven­ter Henco Ven­ter Oupa Mo­hoje Uzair Cassiem Carl Weg­ner Ar­mandt Koster Jo­han Coet­zee Elan­dre Huggett Ox Nche slicker per­for­mance af­ter sev­eral weeks of in­con­sis­tency.

“We've put a fair bit of time into the bits that failed last week­end, and there were a few. The Chee­tahs are a very, very good at­tack­ing side,” Boyd said. “They can score tries and have av­er­aged 31 points against New Zealand sides.”

Pic­ture / Photosport Welling­ton. 7.35 tonight

Beau­den Bar­rett has shifted to full­back.

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