It wasn't as electric as the first round win over the Blues,
but the Highlanders looked like a different team than the one
that limped through last season's Super Rugby season.
They went to Hamilton with their heads held high, but the
Highlanders could not best the Chiefs, who notched up a 21-19
victory on Saturday night.
The Highlanders have
kicked off the 2014 Super Rugby season in style with an
exciting 29-21 win over the Auckland Blues.
It was a see-saw battle, but Southland claimed the scalp of
neighbour Otago by 38-32 to take the Donald Stuart Memorial
back to Invercargill.
An 11-try spectacle has placed Tony Brown's young Otago side
back on track, the home side came out on top by 52-41 over
Manawatu in Dunedin on Friday night.
Otago have brought the Ranfurly Shield back to Dunedin after
56 years, putting in a spirited and hard-fought effort to
beat Waikato by 26-19 in Hamilton on Friday.
Otago beat Bay of Plenty 32-29 and in the process held a near
perfect kicking clinic in Dunedin on Sunday afternoon as they
opened their ITM campaign.
Following a comprehensive 47-29 drubbing by the All Blacks,
Australian turned their eyes to the coaching box, only to
remember they can no longer blame a New Zealander for their
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