Underestimate us at your peril. That's the message from Hurricanes assistant coach Chris Gibbes as his side prepare to resume their Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Sunday.
Opening with two defeats to the Blues at Eden Park, and the Crusaders at Wellington's Sky Stadium, the Hurricanes sit bottom of Super Rugby Aotearoa, winless from their first two games.
However, the Wellington side have the chance at their first victory this weekend, travelling to face fellow winless side the Chiefs in Hamilton.
With just 10 rounds and no finals in Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Hurricanes are running out of time and matches if they're to mount a title challenge against the likes of the Blues and Crusaders.
Speaking to media this afternoon, though, assistant coach Gibbes made it clear that morale hasn't dropped within the Hurricanes' camp, confident that they have what it takes to turn things around.
"You could look at it like it's not working out for us - we're not looking at it like that," Gibbes said.
"It's only two games in, and we're a great team, with a great environment and culture.
"The boys are working hard for each other, and that's all we can ask for as management, as coaches.
"We're not far off, and if anyone takes us lightly, it'll be at their own peril."