Among the Southland Stags' swot for their crunch test tomorrow night, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has lumped the boys in maroon with two further head-scratching assignments.
There was enough displayed in Blenheim yesterday to pique the interest of the Southland faithful as the Stags took on provincial powerhouse Tasman.
North Otago staged a great fightback in the second half to beat Buller 30-24 at Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Saturday.
Southland rugby’s lack of size at the under-19 level was again exposed on Saturday in a 46-7 loss to Tasman in a game played in Christchurch.
The Southland Stags forwards may well find themselves waking up in a cold sweat over the coming days with the powerful Hawke’s Bay lineout drive etched in their minds.
Otago will look to the engine room to wrestle control against Canterbury during an under-19 match at the University of Otago Oval today.
The Mitre 10 Cup will kick off tomorrow night when North Harbour takes on Northland. For the next two months, provinces will do battle. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn takes a look at the competition and who will come out on top.
A Riverton teenager has emerged as a rising star of Southland rugby as she prepares for this year’s Farah Palmer Cup.
Southland's fringe Stags players got a confidence boost yesterday with the Spartans’ 44-38 victory over the Otago Sassenachs at Rugby Park in Invercargill.
The Otago Whalers will be looking to build on the success of last season during which the team became the South Island Premiers and fell just short of the big show.
Eastern has again highlighted its strength in Southland rugby circles with a commanding showing in a sub-union tournament on Saturday.
The Clutha Steamers have done it again. They won the Otago Countrywide final for the fourth year in a row with a hard-fought, last-minute 31-28 victory over Upper Clutha in Balclutha.
Through mud, sweat and torrential rain Wyndham hung on in the dying minutes to win its first rugby final on home soil.