You could grant the Chiefs a patchy performance in their season opener, but what followed in their subsequent showing was completely inexcusable.
After a very good performance against the Crusaders at Eden Park, the Blues have fallen back on old and very bad habits in Durban beaten by the Sharks 26-7.
The Crusaders condemned the Wellington Hurricanes to another forgettable trip to Christchurch on Saturday with a 38-22 hiding to claim their second win of the Super Rugby season.
As the build-up to the Rugby World Cup begins in earnest, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has one particular position in mind where he'd like a star to emerge.
The Highlanders seemed to have to win last night's game against the Reds about three times, coach Aaron Mauger said last night.
Highlanders hooker Ash Dixon is slowly easing into his work - although his passport and suitcases have had a busy past six months.
Former Southland club player Blake Roff has been banned from playing after admitting buying the stimulant Clenbuterol from the clenbuterol. co. nz website.
Highlanders midfielder Sio Tomkinson has escaped further punishment from his red card and has had it removed from his record.
Four All Blacks have come back into the Highlanders starting side but Liam Squire will continue to cool his heels.
Prop Feao Fotuaika and new recruits Sefa Naivalu and Bryce Hegarty will make their debuts for the Reds against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.
Waisake Naholo makes a return to a Highlanders team that includes nine All Blacks for their Super Rugby clash with the Reds in Dunedin on Friday night.
Toulon rugby boss Mourad Boudjellal has defended his criticism of former All Black wing Julian Savea and launched another stinging attack on the under-performing star.
The Highlanders may not have been beaten at home for nearly two years but it means nothing when every game kicks off.