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Hurricanes Set to ride home crowd energy in semifinal showdown

Hurricanes Set to ride home crowd energy in semifinal showdown

All BlacksJune 12, 2024

Advantages of playing at home in front of a big crowd of local supporters will be a boost for the Hurricanes when they try to maintain their winning touch over the Chiefs in their DHL Super Rugby Pacific semifinal at SKY Stadium on Saturday.

First five-eighths Brett Cameron said that they know what to expect on Saturday with their recent experience against the Chiefs.

"They pose a lot of threats and are a physical team, so we expect much of the same."

Cameron landed a late penalty goal to ensure a win for the Hurricanes in that game and said it was part of his role to be ready for those situations and to step up.

"That's my job as a goalkicker. And there're plenty of other boys that have similar roles that they've got to nail in crucial moments."

He said the team's kickers spent a lot of time preparing in that department, although it did depend on how their bodies felt.

"It's something we pride ourselves on and putting each other under pressure during the week as well as something that we work on."

While he only focuses a little on his direct opposition, Damian McKenzie, he always enjoys testing himself against great players.

Just some of the #SuperRugbyPacific faithful who were out and about this weekend! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/PXeht1zoc6

— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) June 10, 2024

Cameron also relishes the prospect of playing with a dry ball and having a 4.30 pm start to the game.

"Whatever comes on Saturday, we'll be ready.

Assistant coach Bryn Evans said tighthead prop Tyrell Lomax still had some boxes to tick ahead of the weekend, and it would be a case of seeing how he gets through the week.

The lesson they took from the Rebels quarterfinal was how small margins can be in games, and they needed to improve their weaknesses.

"This week's going to be another big game and we need to be better at those small moments."

One of the key areas would be lineouts, something the side had worked hard at achieving a large base through the season. They had to work on what they felt would work against the Chiefs on Saturday, especially how opposing sides would defend against them.

"We won't try and change too much, we will just focus on ourselves to get the job done."

Your #SuperRugbyPacific Semi Finals are SET 🔒

Who will make the big dance? pic.twitter.com/Q8rOqfZZhU

— Super Rugby Pacific (@SuperRugby) June 8, 2024

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