Live updates: Super Rugby Pacific - Hurricanes v Chiefs at Wellington's Sky Stadium

  • 13/04/2024

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Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Hurricanes v Chiefs Super Rugby Pacific clash at Wellington's Sky Stadium.

The home side are the only remaining unbeaten team left in this year's competition, but will come off a bye week, after the loss of star halfback Cam Roigard for the season.

In his place, veteran All Blacks TJ Perenara will have a chance to rekindle his international career that seemed over, when he ruptured an Achilles tendon two years ago.

The Chiefs atoned for their loss to the Crusaders, gifting the defending champions their first win of the season, with a big win over Moana Pasifika last week and will be eager not to suffer a third defeat so early in the schedule.

The contest features head-to-head match-ups all over the park, with fullbacks Ruben Love and Shaun Stevenson both eyeing black jerseys later in the year, midfielders Jordie Barrett and Anton Lienert-Brown already established in the national team, and hookers Asafo Aumua and Samisoni Taukei'aho also battling for higher honours.

Join us at 7pm for kickoff.

TAB Odds: Chiefs $1.72, Hurricanes $2.15, Draw $15


Chiefs, unbeaten Hurricanes braced for litmus-test Super Rugby Pacific encounter

Two Super Rugby Pacific heavyweights are bracing for their first true litmus test of the season, when they face off in the capital this weekend.

The Hurricanes and Chiefs are two of the frontrunners to go all the way this season, and with Clark Laidlaw's side fresh off a bye and yet to drop a game so far, the Chiefs have been kept on their toes.

Fresh off a demolition of Moana Pasifika, Chiefs training may have an extra edge this week, but coach Clayton McMillan is all too aware they're about to get a true measure of their progress.

"It's a great opportunity to test ourselves against the frontrunners in the competition," he said. "I make no bones about that and whatever comes out of that will hopefully have us in good stead for the backend of the season."

The feeling is mutual. Although the Hurricanes have not dropped a game so far, Laidlaw feels the Chiefs will show just how much progress has been made in the capital.

"It's a crucial part of the season, not just with the games we've got, but you get through these next four games and you know roughly we're you're sitting with four games to go," he said.

Crucial to the Chiefs hopes of toppling the 'Canes will be containing Jordie Barrett. The Hurricanes second-five is a key pillar in their attack, but McMillan is wary of narrowing their focus solely on him.

Anton Lienert-Brown and Jordie Barrett will face off in the midfield.
Anton Lienert-Brown and Jordie Barrett will face off in the midfield. Photo credit: Getty Images

"There's lots of threats in the park, so if you put all your focus on one guy, you're probably going to get exposed somewhere else."

All Blacks teammate Anton Lienert-Brown is tasked with that this week, but that's a challenge he thrives on.

"I'm actually excited to go down there and play against him, even though we're good mates," he said. "I guess I just love competing and I can't wait."

McMillan is just as eager for a crack at the only unbeaten team remaining.

"It'll be a real stiff test down in Wellington," he said.

The Chiefs hope they can lay down a marker to the rest of the competition.