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.
Elliot Dixon will be hoping for a repeat of the last time he played for the Highlanders in a Super Rugby match at No 8.
The Crusaders have piled on the points in the second half to run out big winners over the Highlanders in Christchurch tonight.
Always a joy, never a chore. Highlanders fullback Ben Smith will bring up an impressive milestone tomorrow night.
Inexperienced first five-eighth Josh Ioane has been trusted at the helm for the Highlanders' match against the Crusaders in Christchurch tomorrow.
Highlanders prop Tyrel Lomax is one of the big movers to be named in a 41-strong squad for an All Blacks foundation day in Wellington next Monday.
The Highlanders sit 12th in the Super Rugby ladder and many are writing off their chances of getting to the playoffs for a sixth straight year.
There is talk of must-wins, playoff hopes hanging by a thread and falling too far behind. But that is just gossip and speculation.