A day of public scrutiny proved too much for Wellington Rugby.
It's been four years since Canterbury lost the log o' wood. Finally they have a challenge.
OPINION: Frenzy won't await Canterbury if they bring home Ranfurly Shield. That doesn't mean they're off the hook.
Big is good - if you want success in the NPC it helps to be taller than everyone else.
Waikato's dogged defence of the Ranfurly Shield faces the ultimate test, as Canterbury come to Hamilton.
Not since 2010 have Canterbury kissed the log o' wood. Now they take aim at holder Waikato.
The hosts will need to improve to keep the Log o' Wood against the table-topping visitors.
Canterbury bouncing back from a shock loss to Manawatu was just one of many story lines in the latest round of the Mitre 10 Cup.
Reiko Ioane grabs a hat-trick as Auckland beat Bay of Plenty in a 12-try attacking extravaganza.
It was another disappointing defeat for the Southland Stags against North Harbour on Sunday.
Whetu Douglas says Waikato will refresh after Counties loss, as Canterbury come for the Ranfurly Shield.
It's been a big adjustment for young prop Josh Iosefa-Scott after his Waikato debut, but he's keen to take his chance.
North Harbour host Southland in week six of the Mitre 10 Cup.
Week six of the Mitre 10 Cup wraps up in Rotorua as the Steamers host Auckland.
The most popular Australian rugby player in Christchurch sets his sights on NZ's fabled prize.
Focus on long-awaited Shield reign as Canterbury get title defence back on track
Taranaki get a rare bonus-point win, beating Manawatu at a rain-soaked Yarrow Stadium.
Canterbury atone for loss to Manawatu with 11th straight win against Otago.
Tasman have held on to secure an important NPC rugby win over Hawke's Bay.
Premiership stragglers Hawke's Bay and Tasman fish for a much-needed win in Napier.
Turbos boost over to New Plymouth to face Premiership side Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Coasters surprise Mid Canterbury before going down in a Heartland rugby nail biter.
The NPC Premiership leader hosted the Championship leader in the classic South Island derby.
Prop scores a 17-minute hat-trick as Counties-Manukau dominate Waikato to top the table.
Counties Manukau prop Kalolo Tuiloma shows up All Black Owen Franks
The Southland Stags are looking to build on their first win of the season against North Harbour on Sunday.
South Canterbury will be hoping to sink the Swamp Foxes to remain second in the Heartland Championship.
Keep a look out for teenaged Wellington hooker Asafo Aumua.
"We have to concentrate on us, be clear on what we are trying to and just front up."
Difficult task awaits Canterbury women's rugby team.