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Semi-final Rugby Returns to Sky Stadium

At a Glance:

  • Hurricanes side named to take on the Chiefs at Sky Stadium, in the second semi-final of DHL Super Rugby Pacific.
  • Tyrel Lomax returns at tighthead prop, Pasilio Tosi shifts to the bench.
  • Adult tickets start at Just $30 to catch finals rugby!

For the 46th time, the Hurricanes and Chiefs go head-to-head, this time in the semi-finals of DHL Super Rugby Pacific, as crunch time hits at Sky Stadium this Saturday.

The Hurricanes were made to work hard in the quarters, as the Melbourne Rebels held out valiantly in the first half before the Hurricanes prevailed seven tries to two.

Head Coach, Clark Laidlaw – said a new challenge awaits the side. “The Rebels really came out and took it to us with their physicality which is what we had expected. We obviously have a of empathy toward their players, staff and fans. The Chiefs will provide another tough challenge for us, and one we are really excited for.”

With more than 25,000 people expected at Sky Stadium – Laidlaw says the side are embracing the challenge of finals rugby, at home.

“There’s a level of excitement in the group, another week for us to improve and grow together, and put out a performance for our fans, which we can all be proud of.”

“The energy that our fans bring to Our House, gives the team that extra push, and we can feel the energy when we’re out there, representing you.”

In the front row, Pouri Rakete-Stones starts at loosehead for the injured Xavier Numia, with Asafo Aumua and the returning Tyrel Lomax.

Justin Sangster and Isaia Walker-Leawere anchor the second row, with Captain Brad Shields at blindside, Peter Lakai and Brayden Iose at openside and number 8.

TJ Perenara and Brett Cameron link up in the halves. Duo Jordie Barrett and Billy Proctor will again look to influence the game from the midfield.

Salesi Rayasi retains his spot on the left wing, Josh Moorby on the right and Ruben Love returns at full-back after a week on the sidelines.

Tevita Mafileo shows his versatility covering the loosehead side with James O’Reilly and Pasilio Tosi ready to go at hooker and tighthead respectively.

With the six-two split chosen by the coaches, James Tucker, Devan Flanders and Du’Plessis Kirifi cover the second and back row, with Richard Judd and utility Bailyn Sullivan rounding out the bench.

The Hurricanes team to take on the Chiefs at Our House, Saturday 4:35pm.

Unavailable: Caleb Delany, Ben Grant, Xavier Numia, Cam Roigard

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