It was supposed to be a contest but the ones in the wool won easily.
The Highlanders are looking around for a first five-eighth but it will not be Bay of Plenty pivot Mike Delany.
The Highlanders are heading back to eastern Southland for some rural action and will also visit Queenstown in their pre-season.
The Highlanders have three spots left to fill in their roster but will also explore options to replace the injured James Lentjes.
Otago and Highlanders flanker James Lentjes is out of rugby for up to six months.
The coaching door at the Highlanders continues to revolve, with speculation Otago coach Cory Brown is about to enter the building.
The Highlanders hope to confirm the venues of their home games for next season in the next few days.
High performance coach Jon Preston is leaving his role with the Highlanders.
Glenn Delaney's experience in the northern hemisphere was a factor in the Canterbury man becoming the new Highlanders defence coach.
The Highlanders have appointed Canterbury head coach Glenn Delaney as their new defence coach.
All Black and Highlander Lima Sopoaga and his partner Miriam have welcomed their first child, a daughter.
It was not the script most of us would have written.
The Highlanders will open their campaign against the Blues at home on February 23 and will have a couple of weeks off straight away.
Highlanders flanker and former co-captain Shane Christie will not play for Tasman this year, as his 2017 season fails to get off the ground.
The Highlanders have signed a prop for the 2019 season and beyond but have no idea whether they can get hold of him for next season.
Australian prop Tyrel Lomax has signed with the Highlanders for 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The Highlanders are still working on finding a replacement defence coach but former Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson is not in the reckoning.
He thought someone was pulling his leg when he got a call from the Highlanders coach but Josh Ioane is proving he is ready for the big show.
It has been a quick five seasons for Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod, who is about to join the All Black coaching set-up. He looks back at his time with the franchise with Steve Hepburn.
Ben Smith is about take a break from the game. But is that the correct choice? Jeff Cheshire says it is a welcome break for Smith while Steve Hepburn feels Smith may be unwise in putting his feet up.