Better ball control since their last nightmare meeting with the Lions has the Waratahs confident they can reverse that result.
The Hurricanes concede it's unrealistic to rely on defence to topple proven Super Rugby playoff kingpins the Crusaders in Saturday's semifinal.
The ease with which the Crusaders dispatched the Sharks in their Super Rugby quarter-final has only served to cement their status as favourites for a ninth title.
Winning a playoff is classic Crusaders but their performance wasn't one to get overly excited about.
The serious stuff arrives tonight for the Highlanders and the question is: which Highlanders side is going to turn up?
Make it four semifinals in four seasons for the Hurricanes, with their golden era booking another spot in the final four with a rugged quarter-final victory over the Chiefs.
Super Rugby has come down to the quarterfinal stage and it is now win or go home. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn with the help of the Lamp, has a look as what side is going to be smiling come August 4.
Scott Robertson doesn't hide from the fact he's drowning in talent after naming a fearsome Crusaders team for their Super Rugby play-offs clash with the Sharks.
The Crusaders look set to receive a big lift in their squad for Saturday's quarterfinal against the Sharks in Christchurch.
Somethings in life are clear-cut. Night follows day, three buses come at once, rates will go up to build bridges to nowhere.
A string of Super Rugby controversies has prompted SANZAAR to announce a review into the way TV match officials are allowed to operate.
A Melbourne Rebels rugby star has been bailed to two apartments in Australia and Japan after an alleged assault of a team-mate in Dunedin.
The Waratahs will host the Highlanders in a knockout quarterfinal next weekend after the final eight teams in this year's Super Rugby competition were confirmed.
The Sharks clinched a Super Rugby quarter-final against the defending champion Crusaders with a 20-10 victory over an under-strength Jaguares in Durban.
The Crusaders took a while to hit top gear but eventually got on a roll to thrash the Blues 54-17 last night.
Referee blunders are ruining the game of rugby says All Blacks and Hurricanes first-five Beauden Barrett.
The Chiefs have made a statement to the Hurricanes, one week out from the Super Rugby quarter-final clash.