Woeful is now the only word to describe Wellington's provincial rugby side after they lost 27-21 to Manawatu tonight.
Johnny Walters makes nine changes to Mooloos starting XV for crossover match against North Habour tomorrow night.
World Cup-winning All Black Andrew Hore is on standby to play for the Stags.
SCOTT EADE - The Southland Times
OPINION: Despite the nail-biting finish many had to endure watching last week's match, the team was more than happy to come away with four points.
Colin Cooper calls him a new man but James Broadhurst appears just happy to be playing some excellent rugby.
Manawatu coach Jason O'Halloran's amicable nature won't extend to feeling any pity for struggling Wellington side tonight.
By quite a few accounts, Marty McKenzie was asked to lift his game following Taranaki's narrow loss to Hawke's Bay last week.
South Canterbury coach all-but sticking by the team that delivered a win in the opening round of the Heartland Championship.
Stags 2013 player of the year confirms he's ready to return for the Southland-Otago showdown.
Defending champs continue to impress with third straight big victory, dispatching Northland 48-3 in Christchurch.
A lot has changed for former Blues flanker Onosa'i Auva'a in the last 12 months.
Former All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore to come out of retirement as injury cover for the Stags in the NPC.
Canterbury prop pleased to finally represent his country after what had happened in last year's NPC final.
It took 13 days and three matches for Taranaki to finally hit their straps in the national provincial championship.
James Marshall thought Taranaki were on the cusp of a decent performance, but no doubt the margin of last night's win over Waikato surprised him.
Young first five-eighth set to start a NPC match for Wellington against Manawatu at Westpac Stadium tomorrow.
Wellington lock can laugh at his mummified legs now, but there was nothing funny when a DIY concreting job went awry last month.
Lima Sopoaga and Hayden Parker will each be trying to get a victory for their side in a fierce southern rugby rivalry.
Amber and blacks score vital NPC points as they rack up their highest score and biggest win ever against Mooloos.
Chase Tiatia has been tossed the No 10 jersey as the Wellington Lions attempt to get their NPC campaign back on track.
Will Counties Manukau defend the Ranfurly Shield all season?