Waratahs forward Ned Hanigan is wary of the Highlanders' "organised chaos" style heading into their Super Rugby quarter-final.
The Otago Rugby Football Union does not have an issue with Highlanders players playing for club teams this weekend despite Otago players having been pulled from the competition.
Highlanders defence coach Glenn Delaney says conceding 120-plus points in the past three games is not ideal but the side has been working hard to improve.
The Melbourne Rebels have fined departing forwards Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani $15,000 each for their physical altercation in Dunedin last weekend.
The Highlanders will be hoping history can repeat when they take on the Waratahs in their Super Rugby quarterfinal in Sydney on Saturday night.
The Highlanders should head across the Ditch this weekend with some confidence - but knowing they need to go up another level to keep their season going.
The Waratahs will host the Highlanders in a knockout quarterfinal next weekend after the final eight teams in this year's Super Rugby competition were confirmed.
Patience and resilience are the qualities that enabled the Highlanders to lock in their sixth place and are the qualities that will make them a serious contender in the play-offs.
The lights are about to go out on the Highlanders career of Lima Sopoaga as he plays what is probably his last home game tonight.
Former Highlander Adam Thomson has shared an emotional video of his time in a Japanese hospital after falling ill late last year.
The Highlanders have cleared the decks but there is no way they are waving the white flag to the Rebels.
The Melbourne Rebels have been guilty of glancing at the history books and not at the nuts and bolts of winning Super Rugby matches.