The Press

Canes happy with Jackson


Two doses of referee Glen Jackson shouldn’t be a bad thing for the Hurricanes.

With Jackson in charge, the defending Super Rugby champions easily won the penalty count against the Crusaders last week. It finished 16-7 in the Hurricanes’ favour and now Jackson’s joined them in Canberra, for Friday’s quarterfin­al against the Brumbies.

Jackson and Hurricanes captain TJ Perenara didn’t immediatel­y hit things off last Saturday and there was a period where Brad Shields had to handle negotiatio­ns instead. Familiarit­y can breed contempt, but the Hurricanes would be fools to allow relations between themselves and Jackson to deteriorat­e.

‘‘I think we went pretty well with Glen last week. Obviously our penalty count was one of the best it’s been all year. Look, I think we played well under his rules and we adjusted to the way he refs pretty well,’’ Shields said. "Maybe having him two weeks in a row, and knowing the way he does ref, maybe that is a bonus.’’

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