While the refereeing in South Africa has raised some eyebrows across Super Rugby, it's the increasing amount of scrum resets and general uncertainty that is really upsetting fans - Craig Dowd writes.
There are just four rounds to go in Super Rugby's regular season, with a real race unfolding for the wild card playoff spots.
Electric loose-forward Kwagga Smith scored two tries as the Lions defeated the Otago Highlanders in a thrilling clash at Ellis Park that was in the balance until late on.
There are just five rounds to go in Super Rugby's regular season, the Australian and South African conferences very much in the balance. Follow all the team news for Round 14 here.
The Highlanders scored four tries in a frenetic opening half then defended stoutly after the break to deny the Jaguares a comeback win in Dunedin on Saturday.
Luke Jacobson is the latest back-rower to throw his name up for the All Blacks No. 6 jersey. There are a number of candidates, and Kieran Read could well be one of them -- Craig Dowd writes.
All Blacks fullback Ben Smith could miss the rest of the Super Rugby regular season with a hamstring strain in a blow for the Highlanders' title hopes.
Sunday rugby returns in Round 13 with the Brumbies hosting the Sunwolves, while Friday night sees two crucial derby matches in both Australia and New Zealand.
A converted Angus Ta'avao try after the hooter to grab a thrilling draw for the Waikato Chiefs as they rallied from 16 points down with 20 minutes to play.
Aaron Mauger has the Otago-based franchise humming, while the Reds can press a strong playoff claim this weekend. In South Africa, the teams each have key players injured.
Super Rugby has a full slate of seven games in Round 12, highlighted by two trans-Tasman clashes on Saturday evening.
Tevita Li scored two tries as he capitalised on the dominance of a Highlanders' pack led by a rampaging Jackson Hemopo to help the visitors to a commanding victory over the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Friday.
The Chiefs face a potentially season-defining clash with the Hurricanes while the Waratahs host the Sharks at what will be just the second match at Sydney's new Bankwest Stadium. Follow all the team listings for Round 11 here.
Both the Australian and African conferences were turned upside down this week with the Brumbies and Reds shocking their African rivals, while Bernard Foley produced under pressure in a Wallabies audition against Quade Cooper. Your Round 10 review is here.
Matt Faddes scored a long-range intercept try in the 56th minute that gave the Highlanders some breathing room as they snapped a five-game losing streak with victory over the Blues in Dunedin on Saturday.
We've reached the halfway point of the 2019 Super Rugby season. The Crusaders are clear at the top, but the chasing pack is not small in size. We review your team's progress here!
All eyes will be on the Waratahs as they take to the field without Israel Folau for the first time since his controversial Instagram post, while round 10 is also highlighted by a New Zealand derby.
Super Rugby champions the Crusaders recovered from a halftime deficit for the second week in a row to thrash the Highlanders and extend their unbeaten run at home to 24 matches.
Super Rugby round 9 is highlighted by the Blues playing for their fifth consecutive win as they look firmly placed in the playoff race, while the Reds go on tour and the Sharks aim to solidify their place at the top of their conference.
Despite a last-ditch effort by the Highlanders to cross the try line, the Hurricanes held on for a 31-28 win in Dunedin.
Super Rugby round 8 is highlighted by the Crusaders returning home for the first time since the Christchurch terror attacks to take on the Brumbies, in what is sure to be an emotional night.
It may not quite be a dirty word like "rotation" was during Mickey Arthur's stint as Australia cricket coach, but Rugby World Cup-aiding "rest weeks" are fast becoming a key factor in this year's Super Rugby competition.
All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo's hopes of making the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year hang in balance after he suffered a knee injury at training that ruled him out for up to six weeks.
After "eating crap and drinking heaps of p---' at the start of his career, Aaron Smith is still making up for lost time. Having set himself up with a nice life in Dunedin, a goal of 100 All Blacks Tests is well within his reach.
Dynamic All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has confirmed his future in New Zealand rugby by signing a two-year deal that will keep him playing Super Rugby at the Highlanders until 2021.
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- HLAND5thTRIES SCORED 1st Crusaders : 58 Tries ScoredCRUS1st4658
- HLAND4thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Crusaders : 179 Points DifferenceCRUS1st24179