Co-champion University has moved up the Dunedin premier rugby standings to fifth.
The standings may present the Hurricanes as the second best team in Super Rugby – but they're certainly not playing like it.
The Queensland Reds have closed their South Africa trip on a high by defeating the Sharks 21-14 in Durban.
Wakatipu showed some steel in its 20-12 win over Mossburn in the Southland division one game at the Queenstown Events Centre.
The first phase of the Southland premier club competition finished on Thursday night, and the main talking point is Woodlands has qualified for the top six.
Mackenzie Haugh scored three and set up two tries in Southern's 45-19 win against Alhambra-Union at The North Ground this afternoon.
Just minor changes have been made to the Highlanders' starting team this week for the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy match against the Blues in Dunedin on Saturday night.
Last weekend was a special one for James Doleman. The Otago referee controlled his 100th world series sevens match a week shy of his 28th birthday and in front of his parents.
The Southern Region competition takes a break for Easter, but the annual North versus South challenge will take place tomorrow at Kaitangata at 2pm.
Derbies do not get much better than that scheduled for Jack Reid Park in Arrowtown on Saturday when Wakatipu challenges Arrowtown for the White Horse Trophy.
Excelsior is a Latin word often translated as ever upward and the club is certainly living up to its moniker this season.
Paul Dwyer tracked down Dean Moeahu the coach of the high flying Green Island - spannerheads or grizzlies whatever you prefer - to find out why they are going so well.
Rugby Australia bungled its contract negotiations with Israel Folau by failing to insert social media restraints, according to a Sydney media report.