Super Rugby Pacific: Sevens exponent Clark Laidlaw makes dream start as Hurricanes head coach

Life as a Super Rugby Pacific head coach couldn't have gotten off to a better start for new Hurricanes boss Clark Laidlaw.

Hailing from Scotland and making his name as All Blacks Sevens coach, Laidlaw came to 'Canes with some unknowns.

Now undefeated and top of the table after four rounds, those in the capital are hoping the hot start can continue.

Clark Laidlaw at Hurricanes training.
Clark Laidlaw at Hurricanes training. Photo credit: Getty Images

With four wins to start the season, life's pretty good for Laidlaw, but he hasn't lost his self-deprecating humour.

"I guess if we lose, I'll be Scottish and a sevens coach," he said. "If we win, I might get a little more grace."

That's certainly the case after their latest victory - a clutch win against the defending-champion Crusaders. Laidlaw believes his sevens experience has helped in a daunting away trip for any coach. 

"Sevens puts you under a lot of pressure," he reflected. "You play six games in a weekend... we've only played four.

"I'm not even through one weekend's worth of sevens."

You understand why he's not getting ahead of himself, but there's no denying his start to the campaign has been better than imagined.

"There's a lot of us that hadn't met 3-4 months ago, like literally hadn't even met each other, so that's been pretty cool to build new relationships," he said.

They appear to be working, with the players embracing some of Laidlaw's more unique approaches.

"We've been doing things in the heat chamber here around problem solving, under fatigue and giving us various scenarios out on the field," said No.8 Brayden Iose. "If you look back at the Crusaders game on the weekend, you saw a bit of that come out."

If they can continue to be clinical in the big moments, who knows what the season may hold for the Hurricanes.

"I think it's sort of our mentality, you know," said Iose. "Play to win."

That's what they intend to keep doing at home against Melbourne Rebels on Friday.

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