North Harbour are not done yet, as their 35-14 win over Southland today shows.
A date with the Hawke's Bay defence was all that Tasman needed to revive their flagging Mitre 10 Cup fortunes.
A tense local derby played in awful conditions - it was no surprise it boiled down to a couple of critical moments.
Canterbury gave Otago a solid reality check in Christchurch.
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Canterbury skipper Luke Whitelock will become the third member of his family to play 50 games for Canterbury today — yet the most successful member of the clan has not even got half that number.
The career of Fletcher Smith is in the ascendancy. He has taken a step up for Otago this year and is kicking the goals and making plenty of plays.
North Otago will field a full strength-team against Wairarapa-Bush in a crucial Heartland match in Oamaru this afternoon.
In a year of surprises, nothing has matched the unexpectedness of seeing Owen Franks develop into one of the All Blacks' better ball handlers and line breakers.
We all wondered what would happen if the Steelers uncorked an allround display.
New Zealand Rugby lobbied furiously to change the Super Rugby playoffs format but were knocked back by South Africa and Australia, according to the organisation's chief executive, Steve Tew.
Brad Thorn is expected to make his return to top-class rugby tomorrow at the age of 41, playing in Australia's National Rugby Championship.
Shae Tucker signed up for North Otago this season - and he has already had some adventure.
The Highlanders have more or less settled on their squad for next season and looking for a coach for the following year is not an urgent priority.
Otago has brought Matt Faddes back into the midfield but, as expected, is missing a couple of key players for its match against Canterbury in Christchurch tomorrow.
A rare hat-trick from their hooker helped Wellington dispatch a determined Northland last night and leave the Taniwha still searching for their first win of the season.
Elliot Dixon's first appearance this season coincided with Southland's maiden win of the campaign.
Otago has finished fifth at the Jock Hobbs Memorial national under-19 tournament in Taupo despite battling Manawatu to a 13-13 draw.
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