The Bay of Plenty Steamers produced a nine-try annihilation of the Southland Stags in a 57-0 win at Rotorua International Stadium last night.
It does not happen often these days but a genuine curtain-raiser will be played before tonight's game between Otago and Auckland.
Otago will be looking to the wide open spaces to beat Auckland tonight in what looms as a crucial game for its season.
When Kane Jury returned to New Zealand after a decade in Hong Kong he wanted to immerse himself in rugby.
All Black great Richie McCaw says a touch rugby team he is selecting for a game in Queenstown next month will be ''up for the challenge''.
Auckland has named a powerful loose forward trio for its match against Otago tomorrow night.
Tom Rowe was a power forward in his round ball days.
Rugby writer Steve Hepburn has a look back at the All Blacks' home test season this year.
There is constant discussion about moving the provincial competition to one division but it is a case of trying to squeeze something too big into something too small.
Otago B ended its campaign with a tight 31-29 loss to Canterbury B at Logan Park on Saturday.
Lima Sopoaga looks set to start for the All Blacks against Argentina in two weeks time, with a number of big names left out of the squad heading to South America.
Otago is about to enter its tough period and it has casualties but will be buoyed by the depth in its squad.
If one thing North Otago rugby has is consistency, the closeness of its games in Heartland Rugby has caused a rapid rise in the blood pressure of its loyal supporters.
Otago Country has wrapped up its season with a hard-fought 22-20 win over a more fancied Canterbury Country side in Balclutha.
For the first time in three years the Otago Spirit has won back-to-back games.
The hooter did not actually give a hoot — well, not at the right time anyway.
Tyrel Lomax had a flying trip to Dunedin on Saturday but he is about to become very familiar with the South.
Scans seem to show troublesome knee injury will keep him out for the rest of the season.
Criticising the Springboks after their 57-0 humiliation by New Zealand ''is like clubbing a baby seal'', former South Africa coach Nick Mallett says.
All Black lock Brodie Retallick only briefly considered tackling the streaker who invaded the pitch during the All Blacks' 57-0 win over the Springboks last night.