Josh Ioane scored 12 points in a nine-try thriller as the Highlanders beat the Blues 35-29 in Dunedin on Friday.
Damian McKenzie struck a long-range penalty in the sixth minute of extra time as the Chiefs beat the Highlanders 26-23 via the golden-point rule in Dunedin on Saturday.
Highlanders coach Tony Brown has revealed how the six players stood down from last week’s clash with the Crusaders received further punishment at training this week.
Flyhalf Mitch Hunt kicked 18 points as the depleted Highlanders streaked to a record 33-12 win against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday.
Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea has criticised two journalists for their reportage of an alcohol-related incident involving fellow All Black Josh Ioane and his Highlanders teammates.
Neighbours of All Blacks flyhalf Josh Ioane say his property in Dunedin has turned into a notorious party house over the past few months.
The Highlanders have stood down six players, including All Black Josh Ioane, from their squad to face the Crusaders this Friday for breaking team standards.
Jordie Barrett handed the Hurricanes their first win of the Super Rugby Aotearoa season, scoring all the points in a 30-19 demolition of the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.
Flyhalf Otere Black scored 19 points behind a Blues pack that manhandled the Highlanders for a 39-17 victory in Super Rugby Aotearoa at Eden Park on Sunday.
The Blues have hit back after being labelled a ‘South African pack’ by the Highlanders earlier this week.