Stags better but still not happy

Southland second five-eighth Willis Halaholo scores a try in the tackle of Hawke's Bay fullback Zac Guildford during the provincial rugby game at Rugby Park in Invercargill.

Southland bow out of playoff contention.

Bay beat Stags and wind

Robbie Fruean of Hawkes Bay looks to fend off James Schrader of Southland during the round eight ITM Cup match.

Hawke's Bay have scored 22 second half points into a strong wind to bank a 35-28 victory over Southland at Rugby Park in Invercargill.

NPC semifinalists confirmed with round to go

Auckland's Akira Ioane races away for one of his two tries in their 64-21 win over Northland at Eden Park.

Canterbury, Hawke's Bay in box seat to host respective NPC finals.

Wellington Lions close a game out

Wellington lock Jeremy Thrush, who scored two tries for Wellington in their NPC rugby win over Bay of Plenty in Tauranga on Sunday.

Wellington prove too strong for Bay of Plenty in NPC match.

Mighty Nua roar back against Mid Canterbury

Horowhenua Kapiti playmaker Brandyn Laursen is dragged back by his shirt in a thrilling comeback win against Mid Canterbury.

A stirring comeback from Horowhenua Kapiti kept their title hopes alive in the Heartland Championship.

Playoffs hosting rights for red and blacks

Canterbury players, including Mitchell Drummond, celebrate with try scorer Rob Thompson during their ITM Cup rugby match against the Tasman Makos at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

Auckland humble poor Northland

Melani Nanai of Auckland makes a break  against Northland at Eden Park.

Auckland close on home semifinal in NPC Premiership after 64-21 win over Northland at Eden Park.

South Canterbury simply superb

South Canterbury fullback Paula Fifita makes a break against North Otago.

South Canterbury's record breaking sixth win of the season sees them sit on top of the Heartland Championships.

Turbos no match for Taranaki

Latu Vaeno of Taranaki is tackled by James Oliver of Manawatu in Palmerston North.

Taranaki post five tries to one to hammer Manawatu 44-10 in one-sided NPC clash.

Horowhenua-Kapiti upset Mid Canterbury

South Canterbury blindside Sam Vea on his way to scoring against North Otago in their resounding victory.

A superb final quarter from Horowhenua-Kapiti earned them the upset of the Heartland Championship season.

Canterbury too good for Tasman

Tasman Makos second-five David Havili tries to make a break against Canterbury at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

Canterbury secure home semifinal after 41-25 NPC win over Tasman at Trafalgar Park.

Canterbury out to avenge losses

Cantebury midfielder Ryan Crotty is confident of avenging back-to-back losses to Tasman when then NPC's leading team play in Nelson on Saturday.

All Black-in-waiting confident Canterbury can bounce back against Tasman

In-form Fifita to miss Lions game

Petone's Sam McNicol will make his Wellington NPC debut on the left wing against Bay of Plenty on Sunday.

Coach Earl Va'a has been forced into some reshuffling as Wellington eye their third game in a week.

Waikato still in relegation danger

Waikato lock Peni Iowane on the burst for Waikato in their national provincial championship rugby match against Counties Manukau in Hamilton.

It was another miserable outing for the Mooloo men, who will have to keep fighting to remain in the top flight.

Stags' chance to right wrongs

Stags coach Brad Mooar is looking for much more from his side this weekend.

Southland's leading rugby players are eager to right some wrongs at Rugby Park in Invercargill on Sunday.

Macdonald to take Stags reins

Hoani Macdonald.

Hoani Macdonald has been appointed the Southland Stags coach for the next two seasons.

Bizarre kicking year for Black

Manawatu's Otere Black practising for the clash with Taranaki.

Manawatu's Otere Black plays his blazer game against Taranaki on Saturday.

Last home hurrah for O'Halloran

Otere Black and coach Jason O' Halloran at the Manawatu Turbos captain's run at Arena Manawatu.

Manawatu coach Jason O'Halloran guides his team for the last time at home.

NZR focus on education at under-19s

Players from around New Zealand are being educated about life outside rugby during the Jock Hobbs Memorial tournament in Taupo

New Zealand's best young players are given classes to prepare them for life as professional rugby players.

Taranaki still chasing home semi

The joy of beating Canterbury will quickly be forgotten if Taranaki does not beat Manawatu.

Taranaki will want so much more than just the point they need to qualify for the NPC semifinals at Manawatu.

Otago beat North Harbour 39-32

First five-eighth Peter Breen scored 24 points for Otago in their 39-32 win over North Harbour on Thursday night.

Otago's 39-32 win over North Harbour moves them to third in the Championship division.

Crunch match looms in Nelson

Number eight Liam Squire, with the ball against Manawatu, returns to the Makos' starting line-up against Canterbury on Saturday.

 Saturday's battle of Trafalgar may well decide the destination of the 2015 national provincial rugby championship.

Canterbury want actions to speak

Canterbury halfback Mitchell Drummond given rare space during last year's 26-6 national provincial championship semifinal loss to Tasman in Nelson

Canterbury strive to silence doubters by avenging back-to-back losses Tasman

Dixon to captain Stags video

Southland captain Jamie Mackintosh has been banned for striking an opponent.

Elliot Dixon takes the Southland reins after skipper suspended.

Douglas refreshed, ready to fire

Co-captain Whetu Douglas is looking for an influential display, having been brought back into the Waikato side for tonight's match against Counties Manukau.

Waikato have recalled co-captain Whetu Douglas to their lineup for tonight's national provincial championship match against Counties Manukau in Hamilton.

Loyal 91-year-old rugby fan is rewarded

Widow Pat Sullivan celebrates 50 years of rugby loyalty with Damian McKenzie, left, and Whetu Douglas, two of her favourite players.

Pat Sullivan has been honoured for her 50 years of loyal support for Waikato rugby.

Captain's return only change for Taranaki

Charlie Ngatai returns for Taranaki after missing their win over Canterbury.

Captain Charlie Ngatai will return for Taranaki to face Manawatu in Saturday's national provincial championship rugby match in Palmerston North.

Douglas, Tameifuna back for Mooloos

Co-captain Whetu Douglas has been brought back into the Waikato side for Friday's match against Counties Manukau.

Waikato looking to fire in order to avoid relegation.

Magpies roar back to draw

Jason Woodward scores for Wellington in their drawn national provincial competition match against Hawke's Bay.

A try in the shadows of fulltime saw Hawke's Bay draw 22-22 with Wellington at Westpac Stadium.

Marty Banks hoping for form reversal from Tasman

Tasman No 10 Marty Banks is expecting a significantly improved team effort against Canterbury at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

There's been no sugar-coating the fact that the Tasman Makos produced one of the worst defensive performances of their 10-year history against Counties Manukau last Saturday.

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