Ngatai eyes midfield victory

Date published: May 12 2015

Chiefs centre Charlie Ngatai says his combination with Sonny Bill Williams is starting to gel ahead of a key Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes.

The pair are set to go toe-to-toe with Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith this Saturday in what is a pivotal derby fixture in the New Zealand conference in Wellington.

And Ngatai is determined to come out on top as the Chiefs return from a bye week, looking for a win that could close the gap on the 'Canes to five points.

"Me and Sonny have worked pretty much the whole season together and are just starting to get our combination right," he told

"It's working well for us and we're feeding off each other so hopefully we can pair up this weekend and it will be good."

The Hurricanes are expected to welcome back TJ Perenara and Julian Savea to their side but will be without Beauden Barrett due to injury, with Ngatai saying his charges need to cut out any mistakes or their hosts will make them pay.

"It has to be error-free in a big game like that. We've just got to come out and do the right things and put a good accurate performance out there," he added, with last season's 45-8 loss in Wellington a warning of how the 'Canes can cut loose.

"We just didn't turn up but this time I think we are a lot better prepared coming off the bye, have freshened up and are really looking forward to it," he said.

"The pressure's on us at the moment [with the Hurricanes top of the New Zealand Conference], but that's good, we thrive on that."