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Jane relishing chance to win a Super Rugby title



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Former All Blacks and Hurricanes winger Cory Jane is relishing the chance to play in his first Super Rugby final this weekend.

Although the Hurricanes hosted the final in 2015 Jane was not part of the team that lost to the Hurricanes as he was injured at the time.

The Hurricanes only prior appearance in a Super Rugby final was in 2006 which was a year before Jane made his debut in 2007.

Thirty-three-year-old winger Jane has played for the Hurricanes over 100 times and has signed to play in Japan for the next two seasons so this could be his final chance to win a Super Rugby title.

Although he will return to the Hurricanes next season the chance of injury is increased when players take up an extra stint abroad and with him being 34 next season he could drop some of his pace.

Jane jokes about whether or not he will be picked to play in the final but he is a core part of the Hurricanes defence that has kept opposition teams tryless for the last 221 minutes.

The last player to score a try against the Hurricanes was in their final regular season round match against the Crusaders when Crusaders midfielder Ryan Crotty scored in the first half.

The Hurricane kept the Sharks scoreless in the quarter final and then conceded three penalties to the Chiefs in the Semi-final and Jane is proud of the team’s huge defensive effort.

“When the team talk about (defence coach) John (Plumtree) or the media do I get a little bit of satisfaction there too because I’m behind the scenes helping him out as well,” Jane told Stuff.

“We changed our defensive structure from what it was last year and even (from) game one (this season) to what it is now. (We’re) slowly getting better and better at it and I think the boys are believing in it too, which is cool.

“Teams are trying to unlock it and when we don’t quite get it right teams can put points on us. But at the moment the boys are working hard for each other and we’re putting pressure on the opposition.”

While Jane plays a major role in the Hurricanes defensive game he is still a threat on attack but concedes that first five-eighth Beauden Barrett has taken a massive step up in attack in recent weeks.

“Since coming back from the All Blacks (series against Wales in June) he’s really taken his play up another level. He was already at a high level before then,” Jane said.

“I just think his understanding of the game (makes him dangerous). He backs himself, scores some freakish tries, he’s quick as well, definitely a talent. I guess where we’re at offensively is a lot because of him.”

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