Taine Plumtree, the youngest son of Sharks legend John Plumtree, crossed for two tries as the Blues rallied to beat the Highlanders in a marathon Super Rugby Pacific clash on Friday.
The Hurricanes denied the Highlanders in a surprisingly scrappy encounter to pick up a second-straight Super Rugby Pacific victory.
All Blacks wings Sevu Reece and Will Jordan combined for three tries as the Crusaders overhauled the Highlanders in the Super Rugby Pacific clash in Dunedin on Friday.
The Chiefs got their Super Rugby Pacific season off to a perfect start, overcoming the Highlanders with a three-tries-to-one victory at Whakatipu Rugby Club.
Co-captain Sam Cane scored one of three tries as the Chiefs opened their inaugural Super Rugby Pacific competition with a 26-16 victory over the Highlanders in Queenstown on Saturday.
The charges of assault against All Black Shannon Frizell for abusing a woman and her partner, have been dismissed after he completed police diversion.
The Blues scored a late try to seal a win over the Highlanders in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final in Auckland on Saturday and break their 18-year title drought.
The Blues have made just one change to their starting XV, while the Highlanders have named an unchanged team for the Trans-Tasman final between the sides at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
The second of scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s two tries sparked a second-half surge as the Highlanders secured a bonus-point win against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.
The Highlanders ran in nine tries to claim a record-breaking 59-23 bonus-point win over the Waratahs in Dunedin on Saturday.