The Otago Spirit has nearly brought up a century of points in its first two games after a convincing 40-7 win over Northland in Whangarei on Saturday.
The sun did come up in Southland yesterday, but there was still a fog of disappointment hanging over the province's rugby team.
Otago won its final game at the national under-19 tournament on Saturday but it was a case of what might have been.
Otago put on a poor defensive display to be soundly beaten 54-24 by Wellington in a Mitre 10 Cup match in the capital.
It does not take a rocket scientist to know more Super Rugby players in a provincial side will lead to success.
Rugby writer Steve Hepburn's signed up for Spark Sport’s tournament pass and is walking the tightrope until next Friday when the coverage of the World Cup begins.
After a whirlwind and rugged effort last weekend, Otago has proceeded with caution for tomorrow afternoon's match against Wellington.
The Rugby World Cup is less than 10 days away. The Otago Daily Times will examine the 20 teams taking part in the tournament in Japan. Steve Hepburn looks at pool A.
The Highlanders are confident of having Tony Brown on board for the full season, irrespective of what happens in the All Blacks coaching ranks.
The Highlanders will get a week off at the start and in the middle as Super Rugby kicks off in January next year.
Otago in 2017, Highlanders last year, All Blacks this season. What can Josh Ioane do next season after a whirlwind couple of years?
It might not have been the result they were looking for but Southern players Blair Tarrant and Kane Russell will look back at the just completed transtasman series with some fondness.
Electric Otago winger Jona Nareki is making every post a winning one, racking up a try in nearly every game in the blue and gold jersey.
The Otago Spirit put a statement on the board in its opening game of the season with a convincing victory over Taranaki Whio yesterday.