Things are going from bad to worse for the slumping Highlanders, who can now add a loose forward crisis to the shame of being last in the Super 14.
It has been a tough season but the Highlanders, hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat against the Chiefs tonight, have not lacked success stories.
It all seemed to come so easy to Glenn Moore when he coached North Otago in one of the most memorable periods in the small union's history.
After losing three All Blacks, the Highlanders' front row was expected to struggle this year. But, while the side has struggled to score tries and slipped to four straight losses, the boys in the tight have stood tall. Rugby writer Hayden Meikle reports.
There is still no decision on a replacement for No 8 Ezra Taylor and now the Highlanders may also have to resume the search for an extra winger.
Ezra Taylor has not played a game for the Highlanders this season, and now he won't get a chance.
Captain Craig Newby will wake up this morning and again wonder how the Highlanders failed to win their first game of the season last night.
Highlanders 6 Hurricances 10 Deja vu. Another close loss and another bonus point, but the Highlanders are still frustratingly winless after four rounds of the Super 14.
James Wilson knows he can kick, wants to kick, and is backing himself to kick the Highlanders to a much-needed victory against the Hurricanes at Carisbrook tonight.
Highlanders captain Craig Newby returns from injury to lead the Highlanders in the ‘‘must win'' game against the Hurricanes at Carisbrook tomorrow night.
Highlanders captain Craig Newby is ready to play but is unsure whether his fitness will allow him to start against the Hurricanes on Friday night.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore has revealed his concern at the discipline issues and fundamental errors that are spoiling the promising signs his side has shown in the Super 14.
Adam Thomson. He has had enough of being on the losing side but Adam Thomson can also allow himself some personal satisfaction at being where he wants to be.
Waratahs 15 Highlanders 12 You can't fault the Highlanders for the commitment and effort they have showed in the first rounds of the Super 14.
Mike Delany is hardly a rookie but he will take one of the most significant steps in his career when he starts a Super 14 game for the first time tonight.
Craig Newby will shortly resume normal service and stand-in captain Jason Macdonald has no intention of handing back a Highlanders side that does not have a win on the board.
Highlanders winger Lucky Mulipola might not be so unlucky after all.
He is the new Volcano and the Highlanders hope he will erupt this weekend to help the side record its first win of the season.
There is now no question the Highlanders are a side of promise, but that can only get you so far in the Super 14.