Hurricanes hope to have record crowd for Chiefs

The Hurricanes are hoping to have their biggest crowd attending their final regular Super Rugby season clash against the Chiefs on Friday.

The Hurricanes have to beat the Chiefs preferably with a bonus point if they are to stand any chance of reaching the play offs.

Currently at eighth on the competition ladder, the Hurricanes and Reds (seventh) both trail the Bulls (fifth) and Sharks (sixth) by just one point.

Only the top six will go through to the playoffs one week later.

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith has spoken of the fans’ support in must-win games. “It would be awesome to see the stadium packed with black and yellow fans. “

“This match is a huge challenge for us and to hear a massive crowd right behind you only pushes you harder.”

“We go out there to entertain and hopefully our fans have enjoyed that this year. I am proud of where this team has got to this year but we don’t want to stop this weekend. Hopefully we can give our supporters more to cheer about.”

The Hurricanes had their biggest crowd since 2008 this year when they played the Crusaders at Westpac Stadium in April, with over 22,000 in attendance.

One group that have been there week in, week out in 2012 are the Flying Squadron. Founding member Evan Belford said, “We will have a big turnout this week in the Hangar. “

“The team have needed our support this year after a tough season in 2011 and they have repaid their faithful fans with some awesome matches.”

“You can’t beat being at the games and the more supporters we have the better it will be!”

Ticket sales past the pre-sold figure of 16,000 on Monday four days ahead of the clash.

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