Scrum proves to be Highlanders' Achilles heel


The scrum - or lack of it - cost the Highlanders a place in the semifinals on Saturday night.

Marist aiming to take shield from Woodlands

CLUB RUGBY: Premier division

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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.

Late Sharks penalties do in Highlanders

Marcell Coetzee

Two late penalties from Francois Steyn has seen the Highlanders' upset bid against the Sharks fall short.

Highlanders aim to upset Sharks, odds in playoff

Ben Smith

Jamie Joseph's side must produce one more against-the-odds performance in Durban tomorrow morning.

Sharks sharpen teeth to welcome Highlanders

Pat Lambie

Highlanders to face a seriously strengthened Sharks side in their Super Rugby playoff in Durban.

Jimmy Cowan sheds his Stag's antlers

Jimmy Cowan

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.

Imported Stag Koen makes Highlanders

JP Koen

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.

Ex AB Jimmy Cowan signs with Tasman Makos

Jimmy Cowan

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.

Edendale get top billing going into quarterfinals

CLUB RUGBY: Division 1

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The top eight teams in division one will go through to the knockout stages next weekend.

Highlanders limp into the Super Rugby playoffs

Malakai Fekitoa

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph believes his players deserve plenty of credit for making it to the Super Rugby playoffs.

Forwards lead Crusaders to an easy victory

Israel Dagg

Crusaders grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.

Highlanders’ fling working out well for Osborne

Patrick Osborne

Patrick Osborne's bank manager isn't the only one giggling after the big wing joined the Highlanders' joy ride this year.

Highlanders focused on win, not permutations

Jamie Joseph

Coach Jamie Joseph says key for Highlanders is to "control what we can control, which is our performance.''

Chiefs in a final push for Super Rugby playoffs

Liam Messam

Two very interesting NZ conference matches loom in Super Rugby's last round. Which Kiwi sides will make the playoffs?

Aaron Smith repaying the faith to Highlanders

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith will be back with the Highlanders next season, staying loyal to the franchise that "gave me my shot."

Highlander Ben Smith out for Crusaders clash

Ben Smith

Talismanic fullback fails to recover from a leg infection ahead of Saturday's crucial game against the Crusaders.

Halfback Aaron Smith to stick with Highlanders

Aaron Smith

All Black halfback Aaron Smith has confirmed he'll be a Highlander again next season.

Crusaders plot to shut down Malakai Fekitoa

Malakai Fekitoa

Churning through the numbers is the easiest task when constructing ways to thwart centre Malakai Fekitoa.

Ben Smith to fly home after leg infection scare

Ben Smith

Highlanders and All Black fullback expected home tomorrow after spending time in an Australian hospital with an illness.

Ben Smith hospitalised in Sydney with illness

Ben Smith

Highlanders fullback and co-captain Ben Smith is in doubt for Saturday night's match against the Crusaders.

Highlanders get thumped by Waratahs

Malakai Fekitoa

The Highlanders have suffered their biggest ever loss to the Waratahs, scoring only one try.

Sports roundup

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A wrap of Southland sport today.

Super playoffs place beckons for Highlanders

Malakai Fekitoa

A win over the Waratahs in Sydney would virtually assure the southern franchise of a playoff spot.

Treeby keen to do the yards for Highlanders

Shaun Treeby

Hard-running midfielder Shaun Treeby to remain at southern franchise for at least another year.

Highlanders keep faith in rookie Tom Franklin

Tom Franklin

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph to stick with Otago lock for Sunday's match with Waratahs in Sydney.

Injury forces Stags hooker Hall to ponder future

David Hall

Veteran Stags hooker David Hall's career in doubt after season-ending bicep injury.

Sopoaga gets his points across for record feat

Lima Sopoaga

In all the excitement of the Highlanders' vital 29-25 win over the Chiefs, Lima Sopoaga's record-breaking feats almost went unremarked.

Highlanders squeeze past Chiefs to move up


The Highlanders have beaten the Chiefs 29-25 to creep up the Super Rugby table.

Lima Sopoaga aware he needs to step it up

Lima Sopoaga

Lima Sopoaga hoping to regain the form which helped the Highlanders’ improbable climb into the Super Rugby playoff zone.

Lock Tom Franklin set to start for Highlanders

Tom Franklin

Otago lock Tom Franklin will make his starting debut for the Highlanders against the Chiefs tomorrow night in Dunedin.

Highlanders to focus on defence against Chiefs

Jamie Joseph

Tomorrow night's Highlanders will be a different outfit to the team which took on the Chiefs earlier this season.

Chiefs seek better balance against Highlanders

Jamie Mackintosh

The Chiefs are preparing for a fast-paced game under the roof in Dunedin when they return to Super Rugby action.

Club players enjoy step up in Barbarians game

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.

SBHS, Menzies the best of Southland

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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.

Teenager outstanding in Pirates-Old Boys win

CLUB RUGBY: Premier division

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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.

Burdon: America's Cup equation adds to zero

America's Cup

OPINION: New Zealand's dysfunctional relationship with the America's Cup is coming to an end.

Tough trial for Highlanders against Barbarians

Phil Burleigh

The Highlanders struggled to subdue a spirited NZ Barbarians side at Invercargill's Rugby Park tonight.

No regrets as Chris King abdicates for France

Chris King

Highlanders prop Chris King will leave New Zealand rugby for France with no regrets.

Highlanders keen to halt form slide vs Baabaas

Liam Coltman

Ask anyone at the Highlanders and they'll say tonight's game against the NZ Barbarians is more than a training run.

Fekitoa to start for All Blacks in No 13 shirt

Malakai Fekitoa

Malakai Fekitoa's rise continues as he wins the battle for the vacant No 13 All Blacks shirt.

Highlander Hardie has no plans to hold back

John Hardie

Highlanders flanker John Hardie hopes to put plenty of pressure on Shane Christie in the final weeks of the season.

Injury sidelines new Blues recruit

Mark Jackman

New Southland rugby recruit Mark Jackman will not be lining up for his new club Blues on Saturday as first hoped.

Highlanders prop Chris King off to France

Chris King

French rugby club Montpellier have signed Highlanders prop Chris King for next season.

Rico Gear to face Highlanders for Barbarians


Former All Black wing Rico Gear will lineup for the Barbarians in their match up with the Highlanders on Friday.

All Blacks to form spine of Joseph's Highlanders

Jamie Joseph

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph will look to continue building a team around an All Blacks spine.

Conrad Smith out with broken thumb

Centre may be out for six weeks

Conrad Smith

All Blacks centre Conrad Smith is out of the third test against England with a broken thumb.

Rutledge injured in Woodlands win

Tayler Adams

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.

Coach Jamie Joseph to stick with Highlanders

Jamie Joseph

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has committed to the South Island franchise for another two years.

James Wilson very at home in Northampton

James Wilson

Former Stags and Highlanders utility back loving life and rugby in England's east Midlands.

Midweek games accommodate second test

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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.
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