Hurricanes back-rower Victor Vito says that the side's defeat to the Rebels back in 2011 hasn't been forgotten about ahead of this weekend.
The Rebels, then playing in their first season, defeated the 'Canes 42-25 in a painful loss for Vito and his team.
Hosting the Melbourne outfit on Friday, Vito stated that the lessons from that day had been taken on board.
"We learned the first time we played them a while back not to take them lightly," Vito told the Dominion Post.
"That's something that sticks in my mind and that was not an enjoyable year to be honest, so every time I see them that serves as a little reminder to be on my guard."
The Hurricanes are top of the New Zealand Conference after a perfect start of five wins from five matches, although backs coach Clark Laidlaw admits they could have scored more tries, pinpointing the reasons why they've failed to do so.
"It's more excitement rather than a lack of patience," said Laidlaw.
"Off turnover ball we're getting a lot better at the composure part. I think we just need to not get overly excited when we see those opportunities and take our time."