It was a huge effort, but in the end it was not quite enough.
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Peter Umaga-Jensen scored two first half tries as the Hurricanes beat the Chiefs 31-18 in the penultimate weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
King's has kept its unbeaten record intact with a 26-7 win against rivals Southland Boys' during an Otago Premier Schools game in Dunedin this afternoon.
Round 6 of the Dunedin Premier Rugby competition kicked off this afternoon - and it was a try-fest for Dunedin who thrashed University 53-12.
As coaches and players get ready to head back to Japan, one big advantage of playing in the country has been taken away.
Former Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has gone back to the grass-roots, but is soon to return to the international game.
Cancer survivor and World Cup winner, the curtain has fallen on Aaron Cruden's time in New Zealand rugby, with the former All Black left out of the Chiefs final Super Rugby Aotearoa match of the season.
The Highlanders have made just one change to their team to take on the Crusaders on Sunday in Christchurch.
It is going to be tough for the Highlanders to win on Sunday against the Crusaders, but the side is not going to hoist the white flag.
Woodlands, Marist, Pirates Old Boys and Star are all still in contention for the Galbraith Shield final heading into the last round of matches tomorrow.
The pace-setting Cromwell Goats team is chasing perfection when it takes on Maniototo in the Central Otago premier club championship at Anderson Park tomorrow.
Southern just about wrapped up a top six spot with a hard fought victory over the winless Spannerheads, who languish on two points with three to play — they are consigned to the bottom two in a season that promised so much.
Beauden Barrett is back wearing the No10 jersey for the Blues but Richie Mo'unga's showdown with Josh Ioane on Sunday might give a more informative assessment of the All Blacks' depth at first five.