Hurricanes full-back James Marshall is excited about the prospect of facing off with the Chiefs in their Super Rugby fixture on Saturday.
This semi-final will see last week's two big winners meet as the 'Canes beat the Sharks 41-0 while the Chiefs won 60-21 at the Stormers.
Marshall said he watched the latter victory on television and couldn't help but be impressed by how their fellow New Zealanders performed.
"I watched that Chiefs-Stormers game at the weekend and the Chiefs looked pretty impressive – it is pretty exciting. I thought we played well at the weekend so it's going to be a hell of a match," said the full-back when speaking to superrugby.co.nz after the weekend action.
One factor in Saturday's game could be the travel as the Chiefs are returning from South Africa while the Hurricanes remain on home soil. But Marshall, who has been in good form at the back for last year's finalists, thinks they would be foolish to think the Chiefs would suffer.
"I don't think it [the travel] affects you on game day but obviously it affects your preparation a little bit. You've got a shorter week and you're tired up until that Thursday or Friday but once you get to the game I don't think it really affects you," added the smart Hurricanes full-back.
The Hurricanes are currently playing a waiting game over the fitness of captain and hooker Dane Coles, who suffered a rib injury against the Sharks last Friday. Whatever decision is made regarding selection before kick-off though will be no reason to panic, according to Marshall.
"He (Ricky Riccitelli) brings a lot of energy, he's really enthusiastic. When he gets out on the field he's shouting and doing all sorts of interesting stuff and he brings that energy and gets the boys pretty pumped. He's an accurate thrower and a hard worker and he's good on the edge, fast like Dane Coles," he said ahead the game in Wellington.