The winner of this game will propel themselves into the semi-final to be played the following weekend.
The location of this semi-final will be dependent on the winner of the second quarterfinal to be played between the Crusaders and Sharks. If the Chiefs beat the Hurricanes and the Crusaders beat the Sharks, the Chiefs will travel to Christchurch next weekend to play the Crusaders in the semi-final.
On the other side of the quarterfinal draw, the Waratahs face off against southern rivals, the Highlanders in Sydney and the Lions host the Jaguares in Johannesburg. If the Highlanders can win in Sydney, they will either face the Lions in Johannesburg for the semi-final or face the Jaguares at home in Dunedin.
A Waratahs win will see them travel to Johannesburg for the semi-final if the Lions win their respective quarterfinal, or host the Jaguares in Sydney.
Hurricanes team and injury news Overall, Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has made just three changes to the team that will run on to FMG Waikato Stadium from the one which faced the Blues last round.
Prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen is promoted from the bench along with lock Michael Fatialofa in changes to the pack while competition leading try scorer Ben Lam also returns. Lam is the only change to a back line which produced six tries against the Blues, including a club record-equalling four for second five-eighth Ngani Laumape who will again form a midfield combination with Wes Goosen.
Boyd has also made a few tweaks to the bench where Chris Eves, Reed Prinsep and Finlay Christie all return after a week away. In the backs, Damian McKenzie comes back into first five-eighth, with Charlie Ngatai starting at 12 and Sean Wainui slotting back into the right wing.
Damian coming back brings a lot of X-Factor into our game.