As the Highlanders head into their crunch game on Friday night, the onus will be on defence and trying to stop the Waratahs from scoring.
Braden Currie is not resting on his laurels and plans to leave no stone unturned in having a real crack at the World Ironman Championships in Hawaii in late October.
The Highlanders are still in the fight.
The Highlanders have missed out on fullback Will Jordan.
Otago is confident it has made the right call in drafting an 18-year-old prop into its Mitre 10 Cup squad.
If you wanted to go to a country to learn your football craft, there would be few better than the Netherlands.
Vrooom - yes, that was the Highlanders playoff hopes disappearing into the wide blue yonder.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger said last night's game was indicative of their whole season - some good stuff mixed with the bad.
The Highlanders and Bulls have fought out a 24-24 draw which has done neither side any favours in the playoff race.
There will be plenty of nostalgia and memories talked about tonight.
Otago is bringing in some tall timber for its Mitre 10 Cup campaign but has worries over the health of some of its key backs.
The Highlanders are losing a raft of players at the end of the year so some new cattle are required. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn takes a look at who is in the picture.
The Black Caps will be looking to continue with a bouncer barrage as the side heads to London to take on Bangladesh in the World Cup.
Highlanders hooker Ash Dixon is looking for a big two weeks.
A perky Liam Squire is ready to play his first game of the season.
The equation is simple for the Highlanders - get out and win, and win big, and then cross all appendages.
The Rugby World Cup kicks off in 140 odd days in Japan. Otago Daily Times rugby writer Steve Hepburn, who has short arms and deep pockets, won’t be there.
The Otago Rugby Football Union will get a board representative from the Otago Country area.
So Tony Brown is coming back to the Highlanders. That leads to the next question - what about Jamie Joseph?
High school sides will have every incentive to keep their mouths shut this season.