The Highlanders are
missing targets both on and off the field.
Highlanders chairman Ross Laidlaw said crowd numbers for home
Super 14 games this season had failed to meet expectations.
The side had entertained hopes this year of reaching the
upper echelons of the competition table, which would have
attracted crowds to home matches.
But with the side having only two wins from nine games, and
sitting 11th on the table, spectators had not turned up in
Fewer than 7000 watched the game against the Blues at
Carisbrook, while crowds of about 5000 turned up for matches
against the Sharks and Lions.
About 5800 watched the match against the Force in Queenstown.
Laidlaw said attracting small crowds was in line with what
had been happening across the country.
The season had been disappointing but he had not given up
hope, and it could be salvaged if the side won its last four
The New Zealand Rugby Union had carried out its usual
mid-season review this week, with coach Glenn Moore fully
involved, Laidlaw said.
The review had gone reasonably well, but he was not prepared
to make any comment on Moore's future.
The all-encompassing review involved former All Black captain
Graham Mourie and others, he said.
The coaches and players would be reviewed at the end of the