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Hurricanes frustrated by 'strange' loss to Reds

Beauden Barrett kicked all of the Hurricanes points

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Article Published: Friday 1 March 2013|

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith said that their 18-12 Super Rugby loss to the Reds in Brisbane was one of the strangest games he has played in.

The Hurricanes started the match on a four game wining streak over the Reds and as the match wore on it looked like the streak would be extended to five matches.

However, the Hurricanes dominated territory and possession the final quarter but could not get over the line or convert their opportunities into points.

Small errors cost the Hurricanes two try scoring opportunities as a foot in touch and a knock on cost them tries that could have won the match.

Smith was convinced that he had scored the match wining try four minutes from full time but the TMO ruled that Smylie had knocked the ball on and ruled No try.

Speaking after the match Smith was still in shock at how they had let the match slip.

"Man, in some ways that is one of the strangest games I've played," All Black centre Smith said.

"I don't really know what to make of it at the moment, but there were some things going on that I didn't understand. "

"The boys tried hard and it's just frustrating."

A storm hit Brisbane before the match which made the ball greasy and Smith said the greasy conditions were difficult to play but it was all about gaining field position.

"It was just a matter of staying down there and the points would come. I thought they would, but somehow and some way they didn't manage to come."

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