Otago Spirit coach Scott Manson has named his side and there is a lot of change.
He has one tattooed just below his right elbow. But newly-minted All Black Ethan de Groot's no snowflake.
Highlanders co-captain Ash Dixon has come a long way in the past couple of years but another honour just eluded him on Saturday night.
The Highlanders will lick their wounds and thoughts will switch to national honours and next season as the chapter is closed on 2021.
Highlanders prop Ethan de Groot is one of four new caps in the All Blacks squad named to face Tonga and Fiji next month.
Alhambra-Union ignited a spark in an attempt to qualify for the top six playoffs next month with a 20-12 victory against early-season favourite Harbour at Watson Park.
Crescent kept the top-four battle interesting with a last-minute 22-21 win over West Taieri at Outram on Saturday.
Cromwell Goats and Wakatipu, which finished first and second in qualifying play, are safely through to the preliminary finals of the Central Otago premier club rugby competition.
Courage can only go so far. The Highlanders defended like men possessed and had one hand on the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman trophy when playing the Blues in the final in Auckland. But it wasn't to be.
The Blues hold a narrow lead over the Highlanders at half-time in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final at Eden Park.
East and South Auckland rugby fans heading to Eden Park tonight are being advised to avoid using trains due to damage caused by this morning's tornado.