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.’’