The scrum - or lack of it - cost the Highlanders a place in the semifinals on Saturday night.
CLUB RUGBY: Premier division
Marist will attempt to win the Galbraith Shield for the first time since 2001 when they take on Woodlands in the 2014 Southland premier club rugby decider at Rugby Park on Saturday.
Two late penalties from Francois Steyn has seen the Highlanders' upset bid against the Sharks fall short.
Jamie Joseph's side must produce one more against-the-odds performance in Durban tomorrow morning.
Highlanders to face a seriously strengthened Sharks side in their Super Rugby playoff in Durban.
Former Stag feels he still has two or three good years of rugby in him and wants to show that in this year's NPC.
Stags coach Brad Mooar is delighted prop J P Koen's hard work has been recognised with a taste of Super Rugby in recent weeks.
Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.
CLUB RUGBY: Division 1
The top eight teams in division one will go through to the knockout stages next weekend.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph believes his players deserve plenty of credit for making it to the Super Rugby playoffs.
Crusaders grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.
Patrick Osborne's bank manager isn't the only one giggling after the big wing joined the Highlanders' joy ride this year.
Coach Jamie Joseph says key for Highlanders is to "control what we can control, which is our performance.''
Two very interesting NZ conference matches loom in Super Rugby's last round. Which Kiwi sides will make the playoffs?
Aaron Smith will be back with the Highlanders next season, staying loyal to the franchise that "gave me my shot."
Talismanic fullback fails to recover from a leg infection ahead of Saturday's crucial game against the Crusaders.
All Black halfback Aaron Smith has confirmed he'll be a Highlander again next season.
Churning through the numbers is the easiest task when constructing ways to thwart centre Malakai Fekitoa.
Highlanders and All Black fullback expected home tomorrow after spending time in an Australian hospital with an illness.
Highlanders fullback and co-captain Ben Smith is in doubt for Saturday night's match against the Crusaders.
The Highlanders have suffered their biggest ever loss to the Waratahs, scoring only one try.
A wrap of Southland sport today.
A win over the Waratahs in Sydney would virtually assure the southern franchise of a playoff spot.
Hard-running midfielder Shaun Treeby to remain at southern franchise for at least another year.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph to stick with Otago lock for Sunday's match with Waratahs in Sydney.
Veteran Stags hooker David Hall's career in doubt after season-ending bicep injury.
In all the excitement of the Highlanders' vital 29-25 win over the Chiefs, Lima Sopoaga's record-breaking feats almost went unremarked.
The Highlanders have beaten the Chiefs 29-25 to creep up the Super Rugby table.
Lima Sopoaga hoping to regain the form which helped the Highlanders’ improbable climb into the Super Rugby playoff zone.
Otago lock Tom Franklin will make his starting debut for the Highlanders against the Chiefs tomorrow night in Dunedin.
Tomorrow night's Highlanders will be a different outfit to the team which took on the Chiefs earlier this season.
The Chiefs are preparing for a fast-paced game under the roof in Dunedin when they return to Super Rugby action.
Brad Mooar's first taste of the Rugby Park home coaching box didn't produce a win but there were some promising signs for the coming season.
Southland Boys' High School and Menzies College will fly the Southland flag in the top-eight section of the Highlanders First XV schoolboy rugby competition for the remainder of the season.
CLUB RUGBY: Premier division
Teenage Pirates-Old Boys fullback Mike Molloy racked up four tries on Saturday as his team dished out a 68-nil thumping to a struggling Midlands.
OPINION: New Zealand's dysfunctional relationship with the America's Cup is coming to an end.
The Highlanders struggled to subdue a spirited NZ Barbarians side at Invercargill's Rugby Park tonight.
Highlanders prop Chris King will leave New Zealand rugby for France with no regrets.
Ask anyone at the Highlanders and they'll say tonight's game against the NZ Barbarians is more than a training run.
Malakai Fekitoa's rise continues as he wins the battle for the vacant No 13 All Blacks shirt.
Highlanders flanker John Hardie hopes to put plenty of pressure on Shane Christie in the final weeks of the season.
New Southland rugby recruit Mark Jackman will not be lining up for his new club Blues on Saturday as first hoped.
French rugby club Montpellier have signed Highlanders prop Chris King for next season.
Former All Black wing Rico Gear will lineup for the Barbarians in their match up with the Highlanders on Friday.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph will look to continue building a team around an All Blacks spine.
Centre may be out for six weeks
All Blacks centre Conrad Smith is out of the third test against England with a broken thumb.
Veteran hooker Jason Rutledge is expected to miss three or four weeks of rugby after picking up a grade two calf injury in Woodlands' tight 15-10 win over Blues on Friday night at Rugby Park.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has committed to the South Island franchise for another two years.
Former Stags and Highlanders utility back loving life and rugby in England's east Midlands.
This week's Southland club rugby action will be spread over three days, with many clubs opting to play midweek to allow people the chance to travel to Dunedin early on Saturday for the All Blacks-England test.