It is a homecoming for Elliot Dixon and he is hoping for a happy one.
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The Highlanders are putting a brave face on the four-game ban
for utility back Jason Emery with his teammates not shy in
giving him a bit of stick.
For all the aesthetically pleasing rugby they have played in
the first half of the season, the Chiefs were probably due to
win an ugly one.
The more Ardie Savea plays, the more he fascinates. He brings
the broadest footballing portfolio to a role that has
traditionally had relatively narrow demands.
Back-up Highlanders loose forward Gareth Evans was dynamic
during Dunedin's 48-25 shock win against Taieri.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has shrugged off Australia's
struggles in Super Rugby this season and hit back at critics
for being too pessimistic about the local game in the lead-up
to the home test series against England.
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