Super Rugby Pacific: Hurricanes brace for Chiefs payback in semi-final

The Hurricanes are poised to attract a record crowd for their Super Rugby Pacific semi-final with the Chiefs, as they look to repeat history.

They're out to replicate their feats of eight years ago, when they beat the Chiefs to book a spot in the final, en route to their maiden title in 2016. 

"It's going to be awesome in front of a busy crowd," said midfielder Billy Proctor.

Billy Proctor in action for the Hurricanes.
Billy Proctor in action for the Hurricanes. Photo credit: Getty Images

While there hasn't been too much reflection on that semi-final encounter, plenty of lessons were learned from their most recent clash, when the 'Canes earned a hardfought 20-17 win last month.

"Last time we had an awesome first half against them and we were really on top, and then they came our firing in the second half," recalled Proctor. "It was a battle until right until the end."

The defeat was the second of the year for the Chiefs against the men from the capital, who also beat them handily 36-23 in April. 

"Sometimes, good teams that have been the best team all year don't necessarily get the job done," warned Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan.

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