The Highlanders will have nothing to lose when they take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday night.
The Super Rugby quarter-finals have been set after a dramatic final morning that saw the Highlanders sneak into the final spot after other results went their way.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger is threatening to take his side to Carisbrook such was its display in the slippery conditions in Invercargill last night.
Ben Smith wants to play for Green Island again before he hangs up his boots, but has no plans of quitting rugby any time soon. He speaks to Paul Dwyer in parts three and four of an ODT interview series.
Should a team which has won only five games all year even be in with a shout in the final round of the season?
When asked for the highlight of his career Ben Smith doesn't hesitate and it's not winning the Rugby World Cup. He speaks to Paul Dwyer in the second part of a three part interview.
Ben Smith will need a big favour from his team-mates and the rugby gods if he is going to play for the Highlanders again.
Ben Smith never thought he would "get a crack" at the big time, and when he did debut for Otago he thought his first game would be his last. He talks to Paul Dwyer as part of a three-part interview.
The Waratahs have been stripped of many of their stars but they will be even more of a handful, the Highlanders believe.
Elliot Dixon will have one last chance to run out at Rugby Park for the Highlanders but he may be sighted in Southland colours this season.
As the Highlanders head into their crunch game on Friday night, the onus will be on defence and trying to stop the Waratahs from scoring.