26 Jun 2015

Hurricanes coach unphased by Brumbies history

12:12 pm on 26 June 2015

The Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd is confident his team can overcome the Brumbies in this weekend's Super Rugby semi final in Wellington, despite losing their last four encounters with the ACT side.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd Photo: Photosport

While the Hurricanes spent last weekend off the field, the Brumbies have come off a 39-19 win against the Stormers in Cape Town in the first of the preliminary semi finals.

The last time the two sides met was in round one last year at Westpac Stadium, with the Brumbies walking away with the win.

Chris Boyd says those results don't mean a thing when it comes down to finals rugby.

"I don't think this team's ever played the Brumbies."

"We didn't play them this round robin so what was in the past was in the past so historically the Brumbies might have beaten the Hurricanes but they haven't beaten this team."

Meanwhile Boyd says the Hurricanes are hoping a near sell out crowd at Westpac Stadium for this weekend's semi final will spur them on to victory and into the final.

It's the first time the Hurricanes have had a home semi-final in nine years, with only a handful of tickets still available for Saturday night's game.

It's also the first time the Hurricanes and Brumbies have met this season.

Boyd says he's pleased to see his side has reinstalled the faith of their fans.

"For us to have this at home and it looks like it's going to be a sellout and I think that at the start of the year we talked about the barometer of re-engaging the fans was trying to fill the stadium and we're pretty happy we've managed to do that."

The Highlanders travel to Sydney to play the Waratahs in Saturday's second semi-final.

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