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Semi-final rugby returns to Sky Stadium

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 lot 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.

With adult tickets starting at just $30, Hurricanes fans are encouraged to get down to Sky Stadium and back their team as semi-final rugby returns to Our House for the first time since 2016. Tickets available here.

CEO, Avan Lee, said “Saturday is going to be awesome. We will have a great crowd and an awesome game of rugby against the Chiefs. We encourage fans to get to the Stadium early, with gates opening at 2:30pm. There are plenty of food and beverage options, as well as activities to keep the fans entertained pre-match.”

Hurricanes fans can enjoy 50% off transport, with off-peak rates applying for Snapper Card users.

Hurricanes vs Chiefs - Match Day Information

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


  1. Pouri-Rakete-Stones
  2. Asafo Aumua
  3. Tyrel Lomax
  4. Justin Sangster
  5. Isaia Walker-Leawere
  6. Brad Shields ©
  7. Peter Lakai
  8. Brayden Iose
  9. TJ Perenara
  10. Brett Cameron
  11. Salesi Rayasi
  12. Jordie Barrett
  13. Billy Proctor
  14. Josh Moorby
  15. Ruben Love
  16. James O’Reilly
  17. Tevita Mafileo
  18. Pasilio Tosi
  19. James Tucker
  20. Devan Flanders
  21. Du’Plessis Kirifi
  22. Richard Judd
  23. Bailyn Sullivan

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


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