Steve Hepburn

Rugby: Bench of six forwards selected

Rugby: Bench of six forwards selected

The Highlanders have stacked their bench with forwards and will be looking to go deep into the well in the Super Rugby semifinal against the Lions in Johannesburg.

Rugby: Nothing too glamorous

Rugby: Nothing too glamorous

The Lions and the Highlanders go into battle this weekend. The sides actually have quite a bit in common, both in history and efforts on the field. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at the similarities of the sides.

Rugby: Wilson ready if call-up comes

Rugby: Wilson ready if call-up comes

Jack Wilson is not alone.

Rugby: Highlanders need to take step up

Rugby: Highlanders need to take step up

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has given his side six out of 10 for its performance against the Brumbies and knows it must do better to compete against the Lions.

Rugby: Smith 'fizzing' over semfinal

Rugby: Smith 'fizzing' over semfinal

Aaron Smith admits he is grateful about being in the semifinals and is "fizzing'' for the game.

Semi pits best defence against best attack

Semi pits best defence against best attack

It is shaping as the best attack against the best defence when the Highlanders take on the Lions in their semifinal Johannesburg on Sunday (NZ time).

Coaches go up the ladder looking for the big break

Rugby in these professional days is full of buzz words.

Rugby: Travel, altitude against Highlanders

Rugby: Travel, altitude against Highlanders

The Highlanders will have to overcome travel and altitude factors for their semifinal match against the Lions but nothing seems to rattle the southern men.

Rugby: Highlanders face daunting mission

Rugby: Highlanders face daunting mission

The Highlanders may have lost out on a home semifinal but the side still has a chance of returning to Forsyth Barr Stadium this season.

Phew! Highlanders squeak in

Phew! Highlanders squeak in

The Highlanders stayed alive.