Low-profile packs key in Super Rugby final

They boast backlines to envy but the Hurricanes and Highlanders both reckon their less-heralded forward packs hold the key to victory in the Super Rugby final.

Hurricanes to give Savea every chance to play

Getting closer: Ardie Savea was unlucky not to win a spot in New Zealand's World Cup squad announced at the weekend.

Toby Robson   Ardie Savea has had scans on his injured knee, but regardless of results the Hurricanes plan to give their openside flanker until the last possible minute to be fit for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Highlanders.

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Ankle injury gives Toomua Wallabies leg up over Lealiifano

Matt Toomua of the Brumbies is tackled by Brad Shields of the Hurricanes on Saturday.

David Polkinghorne   Matt Toomua has the jump on Christian Lealiifano for the Wallabies' No.12 jersey, Rod Kafer believes.

Pocock disappointed to lose, but happy to be back

David Pocock of the Brumbies leaves the field dejected despite an outstanding individual display.

David Polkinghorne   Brumbies flanker David Pocock was just happy to be back playing despite the agony of Saturday's semi-final loss.

Hurricanes blow Brumbies out of Super Rugby finals

Dane Coles of the Hurricanes celebrates the try scored by Ardie Savea against the Brumbies.

David Polkinghorne   The ACT Brumbies are out of the Super Rugby finals after running into a red-hot Hurricanes side on Saturday.

Close losses costly in end for Brumbies

Nigel Ah Wong of the Brumbies leaves the field dejected.

David Polkinghorne   Stephen Larkham says the Brumbies' inability to win close games throughout the season took its toll in the end.

Talking points: Hurricanes v Brumbies

David Pocock of the Brumbies leaves the field dejected despite an outstanding individual display.

David Polkinghorne   David Pocock's ability to turn over the ball stands him ahead of the other contenders for the Wallabies; No.7 jersey.

Live: Super Rugby semi-final: Brumbies v Hurricanes in Wellington

Brumbies winger Joe Tomane will be a player to watch in Saturday night's semi-final against the Hurricanes.

Lee Gaskin   Join our live blog of the first Super Rugby semi-final between the Brumbies and the Hurricanes at Wellington's Westpac Stadium from 5.30pm (AEST).

Mogg hopes for two Brumbies swansongs

Jessie Mogg wants to last one more week with the Brumbies at least.

David Polkinghorne    Jesse Mogg isn't ready for his time with the Brumbies to come to an end just yet.

Taliauli unfazed by super-sized Savea

Lausii Taliauli will replace Henry Speight on the wing.

David Polkinghorne    ACT Brumbies winger Lausii Taliauli loves contact and is unfazed by reputation.

Unfinished business for Hurricanes

Tana Umaga knows the Hurricanes have a point to prove.

Toby Robson   Tana Umaga would love nothing more than to see the Hurricanes complete some unfinished business.

Pocock's pilfering needed to cane Wellington

David Pocock trains for the Brumbies this week.

David Polkinghorne   Former Wallabies captain Ben Mowen says flanker David Pocock will need to be at his world-class best on Saturday.

SA attitude to Super Rugby is hurting game

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Spiro Zavos   South Africa need to change the rule that allows players to go to Europe and still qualify for the national team.

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Brumbies pick Taliauli as their defensive Savea

Lausii Taliauli will replace Henry Speight on the wing.

David Polkinghorne   It's all about stopping Wellington Hurricanes winger Julian Savea.

Brumbies appeal Speight ban

Brumbies winger Henry Speight has been suspended for five weeks.

David Polkinghorne   The ACT Brumbies feel Wallabies winger Henry Speight has been made a scapegoat following his five-week ban for a lifting tackle.

Hurricanes to keep emotions in check

BIGGER PICTURE: Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith is not getting carried away with his team's unbeaten start to the season.

Daniel Gilhooly   Keeping the Hurricanes on an even keel will be captain Conrad Smith's greatest challenge heading into their Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies.

Hurricanes loose men have point to prove

Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes.

Daniel Gilhooly   Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd is expecting plenty from forward pack hit men Victor Vito and Ardie Savea in a Super Rugby semi-final which could boost the Test aspirations of both.

Mowen sees red over Speight's red

Oh no: Henry Speight shows his dismay after receiving a red card against the Stormers.

David Polkinghorne   Ben Mowen thinks Brumbies winger Henry Speight should be cleared to play Saturday's semi-final against the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes fear Brumbies' lineout

Scott Fardy will be a danger man for the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Toby Robson   The Hurricanes are wary of the Brumbies' lineout drive ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final

Speight expectations: Brumbies want star cleared

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20: Henry Speight of the Brumbies receives a red card during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Brumbies at DHL Newlands Stadium on June 20, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne    The ACT Brumbies will fight Henry Speight's dangerous tackle and lifting charges.