If this was a horse race, Scott McLeod is coming from the back of the field and heading for the front.
The Highlanders will have at least three key players back for next weekend's home game and more could be on the way.
Another record-breaking performance has allowed the Highlanders to continue their winning ways.
Eight straight wins and still stuck in fourth - life sure is tough in the New Zealand conference.
See how the action unfolded in the Highlanders Super Rugby match against the Force in Perth.
The Highlanders will be able to call on a couple of very decent bench players for the game against the Western Force in Perth tomorrow night.
Highlanders lock Tom Franklin will play his 50th game when he takes the field to play the Force in Perth on Saturday night.
Complacency is something the Highlanders need to avoid this week.
The Highlanders will be without Waisake Naholo this weekend.
If you ask their fans, the Highlanders are priceless. But the University of Otago and the Highlanders Rugby Club hope to put a precise figure on how much the franchise is worth to the Dunedin economy.
Highlanders winger Waisake Naholo has been given a one week ban following a shoulder charge tackle over the weekend.
The Highlanders are likely to lose one of their stars but will welcome back another as the side stops in Perth to face a resurgent Force on Saturday.
It does not rain often in South Africa.
Centre Malakai Fekitoa scored a fine solo try late in the game to hand the Highlanders a 17-10 victory over South Africa’s ailing Bulls.
The Highlanders will have to make do without their main man at the back for another week.
The Highlanders are looking to make a statement when they take on the Bulls in Pretoria, wanting to do better than just play "good footy".
The Highlanders will be in seventh heaven if they beat the Bulls in Pretoria.
A calf injury to Luke Whitelock at training has further stripped the loose forward stocks of the Highlanders as the side heads to the high veldt to tackle the Bulls.
The Highlanders have made a handful of changes to their team to take on the Bulls on Sunday.
Highlanders defence coach Scott McLeod has ranked his side's efforts on Saturday night and it is not pretty reading.