Coach Johan Ackermann admitted to “grey-hair moments” as he came within two minutes of ending his tenure with the Lions on a sour note when they were forced into a late rally to beat the Sharks.
Fullback Damian McKenzie landed four penalties and wing Shaun Stevenson scored a try late on as the Chiefs claimed a hard-fought 17-11 victory over the Stormers.
On a chilly night in Canberra, the Hurricanes felt the early heat from the Brumbies, but pulled away in a strong second stanza.
If the weather stays as awful as it has been, stick the mortgage on the Crusaders.
See how the action unfolded in the Highlanders' Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
The temptation to go overseas is always there, Highlanders co-captain Ash Dixon says, but a serious injury earlier in the season made him realise what is important to him.
One leaves in the morning and one stays in the afternoon.
The premier club rugby semifinals are in limbo and the Dunedin Metropolitan Rugby Council match committee will meet this morning to decide whether to go ahead as planned.
The Highlanders will be forced to travel to Christchurch this morning after the wet weather scuttled plans to leave yesterday afternoon.
This is when the cream rises to the top.
A very green-looking shadow Otago side will take to the field at Kettle Park tomorrow as the blue and golds take their first steps in the 2017 season.
Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa will play for French club Toulon while winger Waisake Naholo will stay with the Highlanders.
Malakai Fekitoa is officially heading to Toulon.
All eyes will be on the Wakatipu Basin tomorrow as both Wakatipu and Arrowtown Rugby Clubs host semifinals in the Central Otago premier competition.
The top four looked set weeks ago but who will make it through to the final? Club rugby writer Adrian Seconi previews the semifinals.
Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith says it was a massive relief to know he was not suffering a concussion problem.
The lamp has shone a light on some very disappointing news.
Jermaine Ainsley has come a long way since his days in the Otago Boys’ High School Third XV.
The Highlanders are expecting nothing less than a bruising battle against the Crusaders in Christchurch tomorrow night.
Paul Dwyer gives his run down on the week in rugby.