Otago put on a poor defensive display to be soundly beaten 54-24 by Wellington in a Mitre 10 Cup match in the capital.
Southland blew their halftime lead to sink to a 31-26 defeat to Manawatu - extending their three-year losing streak.
It does not take a rocket scientist to know more Super Rugby players in a provincial side will lead to success.
After a whirlwind and rugged effort last weekend, Otago has proceeded with caution for tomorrow afternoon's match against Wellington.
Canterbury have finally moved off the bottom of the Premiership ladder in the Mitre 10 Cup, thanks to a 32-22 victory over Auckland in a re-match of last year's final.
Otago was not prepared to gamble on getting Josh Ioane back for tomorrow's Ranfurly Shield defence against Taranaki.
Canterbury have run riot in their Mitre 10 Cup match against Southland in Christchurch, putting 80 past the helpless visitors.
Highlanders lock Jackson Hemopo says he is disappointed to miss All Black selection but he is moving on to his next chapter.
Manawatu coach Peter Russell has fond memories of Dunedin and he hopes to add to them on Friday night.