Emptying the tank to zero and beyond, Otago got home over Auckland at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The Bay of Plenty Steamers produced a nine-try annihilation of the Southland Stags in a 57-0 win at Rotorua International Stadium last night.
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.
It really is going to take something special to stop Canterbury claiming another provincial title.
Otago is due — well overdue — for a win in Hawke’s Bay.
Otago fullback Vilimoni Koroi is suspected of having mumps and is out of tomorrow’s game against Hawkes Bay.
Winger Braydon Ennor grabbed four tries and fullback George Bridge a hat trick as Canterbury overwhelmed Southland 78-20 in a Ranfurly Shield challenge in Christchurch today.
Jerome Kaino will play his first match for Auckland since 2010 when he takes the field against Taranaki at Eden Park on Saturday.
North Harbour has maintained its perfect start to the Mitre 10 Cup season.
Wellington remain unbeaten in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship after thrashing Bay of Plenty 31-10 in Rotorua.
Auckland's sluggish start to the Mitre 10 Cup season continued tonight, falling to a sloppy defeat against Waikato at Eden Park.
Talk about chalk and cheese. An hour of a rubbish from Otago was followed by 20 minutes of enterprise in which it flirted with victory, but ultimately it came up short at North Harbour.
New Zealand's elite provincial rugby competitions will follow the AFL and NRL by adopting Dally M style player of the year awards.
The Mitre 10 Cup is about to begin in its somewhat confusing two-division, crossover system, with games on five days of the week.
Stephen Donald is to return home to re-join the Counties Manukau Steelers for the Mitre 10 Cup.
Otago have beaten Southland in their first pre-season hit out in Gore before the Mitre 10 Cup .
Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has signed for provincial side Waikato and hopes to prove he is in a good "head space" after struggles with alcohol and personal issues.
Changes to next year’s national provincial championship are on the table but whether they gain traction may be stifled by the length of the playing calendar.
Canterbury have wasted little time in replacing Crusaders-bound Scott Robertson as head coach of their Mitre 10 Cup Premiership-winning team.
Canterbury have enhanced their reputation as the greatest dynasty of the modern NPC era by claiming their eighth championship in nine seasons.