Players in tonight's match in Tokyo should be extra careful of giving away penalties as it could be costly.
The Highlanders will be without their talisman for a match shaping as a potential banana skin for the side.
A close battle between north and south is brewing at Forsyth Barr Stadium this evening as the Highlanders lead the Blues 7-5 at halftime.
Enjoying an Easter egg hunt at the Dunedin Botanic Garden are (from left) Freddy Ma (7), Highlanders first-five Marty Banks and Lei Wang (5).
Just minor changes have been made to the Highlanders' starting team this week for the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy match against the Blues in Dunedin on Saturday night.
Highlanders midfield back Rob Thompson says players must be honest with each other and demand better of each other.