The Highlanders thumped the Hurricanes in the final match of Super Rugby Aotearoa on Saturday, as co-captains Aaron Smith and Ash Dixon celebrated big milestones.
While it did not affect the outcome of the match, referee Mike Fraser’s decision to disallow Dalton Papalii’s try following witty gamesmanship from Aaron Smith in the buildup came under scrutiny.
Kobus van Wyk was on the scoreboard again as the Hurricanes beat the Highlanders 17-11 in their Super Rugby Aotearoa showdown in Wellington on Sunday.
Following an instinctive break upfield off the back of a lineout from Aaron Smith, Highlanders wing Ngane Punivai dived over in the corner to score the Try of the Week in round four of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith will start for the Highlanders in their opening Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Sharks in Dunedin on Friday.
Veteran scrumhalf Aaron Smith has shed light on how the All Blacks decide which haka they will perform prior to a Test match.
All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith says the squad only found out both Kieran Read and TJ Perenara would lead their haka against the Springboks the day before the Test.
All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith says the team will heed the lessons from their draw with the Boks in Wellington ahead of the World Cup opener on Saturday.
Aaron Smith says the Jaguares’ impressive Vodacom Super Rugby form will count for little when Argentina clash with the All Blacks this weekend.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says scrumhalf TJ Perenara has earned a start against the Wallabies in Yokohama on Saturday.