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Win over Hurricanes a long time ago: Cane

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/06/2017

The Chiefs took out round one against the Hurricanes, but co-captain Sam Cane says a lot of water has passed under the Super Rugby bridge since that encounter.

The teams are preparing for a rematch in Wellington on Friday, three months after Cane and his men prevailed 26-18 on a wet Hamilton night.

"It's that long ago and I think we're both better teams," the All Blacks loose forward said.

Cane admits his side will have to improve following a scratchy defensive effort in their 46-31 home win over the Waratahs last Saturday.

Up 32-3, the Chiefs let in four tries in the second half to miss out on a bonus point.

They will also be without premier lock Brodie Retallick, who has been ruled out with concussion.

"We weren't too happy with our last half an hour against the Waratahs where we leaked a few points and Brodie is a big loss, so everyone is going to have to step up to cover in his absence," Cane said.

The defending champion Hurricanes boast the competition's most lethal attack, having amassed 551 points in their 13 matches.

"We're going to have to be on top our game because we know they have game breakers all over the park," Cane said.

The Chiefs, however, won't be lacking motivation heading to the capital.

They lost 25-9 in last year's semi-final at the same venue and Cane hasn't forgotten.

"That's something that sticks in the memory pretty strongly, so you see it as a big challenge."

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