Cooper canes Bully Boys

Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper told the New Zealand media the Bulls don’t have a second game plan.

Cooper, elated at his team’s 26-23 win, admitted good fortune played a part in the Canes win when TMO Linston Manuel did not award the Bulls a legitimate try. But Cooper told the Dominion Post the Bulls did not have answers to what the Canes threw at them in the second half.

“How many times did they stop because they were out of breath?” he asked. “We were getting a roll on and wanted to put the pressure on them to make them go to their `B’ game – and I don’t think they have a `B’ game.”

The Hurricanes won two out of three matches on their SA tour, losing the first one in the final minutes against the Cheetahs after leading 25-10, and then winning the last two in the final minutes against the Stormers and Bulls.

They are currently second on the table and play the Sharks in Wellington this weekend. It is a match that could determine whether they make a top two or top four placing. It is a dangerous match for the home team, who arrived back in New Zealand on Sunday, while the Sharks have been in the country for the last fortnight.