Home is a fortress for the Chiefs

Chiefs take on Hurricanes in the Vodacom Super 14 semifinal in Hamilton, New Zealand, tomorrow (9.35am SA time).

Chiefs take on Hurricanes in the Vodacom Super 14 semifinal in Hamilton, New Zealand, tomorrow (9.35am SA time).

And they will be hoping that home ground advantage will be one of their weapons.

The hosts have lost only two matches at this venue during the past two Super 14 seasons. They will go into the semifinal having won their last five matches here, their last defeat being against Sharks in February. Last year they won six out of seven matches at home.

Their recent home form against Hurricanes also suggests that the Wellington side will have to be at their best to prevent Chiefs from reaching their first Super Rugby final.

The teams have met four times in Hamilton since 2002 with Chiefs winning on three occasions. Hurricanes's last win in away to Chiefs was a 39-32 triumph in 2007.

Before 2002, however, the visitors tasted success on three consecutive visits to Hamilton.

The two have met on 14 previous occasions in Super Rugby with Chiefs winning six games and the Hurricanes eight. In their most recent meeting, the Chiefs beat the Wellington side 16-8 in Hamilton.

Chiefs have only reached the last four once before - in 2004 when they were defeated by the Brumbies.

Hurricanes will make their fifth semifinal appearance but have advanced to the final only once, in 2006, when they lost to the Crusaders.

The Chiefs have proven to be one of the most dangerous teams in the Super 14 with big, ball-carrying forwards and a set of skillful and talented backs.

They can attack and defend well, scoring 43 tries in the league stage of the competition.

Hurricanes, who with 49 scored the most tries in the league phase and conceded 35, have excelled as the tournament has progressed. - Sapa

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