It has not got anywhere near the Queensland league team levels but the Highlanders do not want to talk about what is coming up against them in Christchurch tonight.
The Highlanders have Ben Smith back for their quarter-final in Christchurch but the Crusaders have been able to select an All Black tight five following the return from injury of both Owen Franks...
The Pulse Energy Highlanders will enter the play-offs with a settled looking side with only two personnel changes from its last round robin game against the Waratahs.
Ben Smith has played some mighty games for the Highlanders over the decade he has been in the team. Steve Hepburn picks 10 of the best.
Ben Smith has played 152 games for the Highlanders and is about to put a full stop on his career with the franchise. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn's watched every game and looks back over his Highlanders career.
The wandering career of Marty Banks is set to start another chapter, but he has his eye on one last family hit-out.
The Highlanders are confident they have the ability to do the job in Christchurch on Friday night and do not consider themselves underdogs.
When the Highlanders signed Tyrel Lomax in late 2017, there was talk of Lomax being the second coming of Carl Hayman.
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.