Konrad Hurrell grabs two for Auckland Vulcans

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 05:00 19/08/2012
Konrad Hurrell
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DEMOTION: Konrad Hurrell in action for the Auckland Vulcans.

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Blockbusting centre Konrad Hurrell bagged a double for the Auckland Vulcans after the centre, originally named to play for the Warriors today, was dropped to the New South Wales Cup this weekend.

Hurrell was impressive in the Vulcans' 26-16 victory over the North Sydney Bears at Mt Smart Stadium No 2 Field yesterday, scoring two tries before limping off with around 20 minutes remaining due to an aggravation of his recurring ankle injury.

Hurrell, whose injury will be assessed, was told early last week that it was likely he wouldn't be playing for the Warriors this weekend, even though he was named to start for the first-grade team today.

Warriors coach Brian McClennan, who attended the game, said coaching staff wanted to decide on Hurrell's inclusion during the week.

"We hadn't decided, so we thought we would name him and see how things were going during the week and then we'll decide from there," McClennan told Sunday News.

"Konrad just needed to go back because he's been down on a bit of confidence, particularly the last couple of games on edge defence, and we just needed to take him back."

Hurrell said he took the demotion on the chin, saying he just wanted to do "what's best for the team".

"Whatever comes from the coach, that's what's best for the team," Hurrell said.

"He said to go down and look at a few things I've done wrong in the last few games. I took it on and said ‘I agree with you', and I have come down to work on my errors and defensive mistakes."

A reshuffle for the Warriors will probably see utility Ben Henry shift to centre, and Sebastine Ikahihifo join the starting second row and locks.

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