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Chiefs cling on to beat Stormers

Shaun Stevenson goes in for the late match-clincher as the Chiefs edged past the Stormers in their quarterfinal in Cape Town.

Late try in a low quality contest gives Chiefs a quarterfinal victory, and sets up Crusaders semi.

Schoolboy rugby too great a risk?

Isaiah Papalii of Mt Albert Grammar is tackled by Tanielu Tele'a of St Kentigern during a First XVs match last August.

OPINION: The number of head injuries is likely to be hugely under-reported, writes Mark Reason.

When will the Blues learn?

Second-year coach Tana Umaga is making progress at the Blues. But is it happening fast enough?

Another year, another playoff miss. Marc Hinton runs the rule over a Blues Super Rugby season that once again came up short of the mark.

Highlanders eye Mauger rethink

Could former Crusader Aaron Mauger take over as head coach of the Highlanders?

Tony Brown's departure and Scott McLeod's All Blacks promotion has franchise thinking hard on its coaching setup.

Recap: Chiefs v Stormers

Stephen Donald will start at second-five for the Chiefs in their quarterfinal against the Stormers.

Late try seals a Super Rugby semis berth for the Chiefs as the wrestle their way to win over Stormers.

Lions survive Sharks scare

Ruan Combrinck got the Lions out of jail with a monster penalty two minutes from full-time.

Super Rugby table-toppers scrape through with last-gasp penalty to set up Hurricanes semifinal clash.

Recap: Lions v Sharks

Lions playmaker Elton Jantjies.

The table-topping Lions just edge out the Sharks in the Super Rugby quarterfinals.

Highlanders rue off night

Highlanders coach Tony Brown wasn't impressed with his team.

A wonky lineout, shaky scrum and poor discipline - Highlanders coach Tony Brown was not impressed.

Crusaders outfox Highlanders video

Jack Goodhue of the Crusaders is tackled by Richard Buckman of the Highlanders during the Super Rugby quarterfinal in ...

Crusaders win in soggy Christchurch to set up home semi against Chiefs.

Eddie Jones says Lions tour exposed All Blacks depth

England coach Eddie Jones has had another little dig at the All Blacks.

Eddie Jones says he learnt a lot from the drawn British and Irish Lions series with New Zealand.

Crusaders turn back the clock

Sam Whitelock was a tower of strength for the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday night.

OPINION: Sam Whitelock led from the front in an old-fashioned war of attrition, writes Phil Gifford.

Recap: Crusaders v Highlanders

Malakai Fekitoa of the Highlanders tries to break through the tackle of Owen Franks.

Performing like a well-oiled machine, the Crusaders didn't give the Highlanders a sniff in their quarterfinal.

ARU chairman could quit if Super Rugby cull fails

ARU chairman Cameron Clyne says 'if we end up with five teams it'll be someone else's problem'.

Australian Rugby Union chairman indicates he will stand down if Super Rugby cull fails.

Play-by-play: Crusaders v Highlanders

Highlanders star fullback Ben Smith.

The Crusaders' quarterfinal clash with the Highlanders a play-at-a-time, in Christchurch.

Coles: It's good to be back

Dane Coles was back doing his thing for the Hurricanes in their 35-16 quarterfinal victory over the Brumbies.

Dane Coles says after fearing he might never play again, it was just good to be back contributing to another Hurricanes finals victory.

Lincoln Uni through to another final

Lincoln University midfielder Ngane Punivai, pictured in an earlier clash, and his side are through to their third ...

Horrendous weather conditions impacts Canterbury Metro club rugby with three matches postponed.

Brumbies backed for top 2018

Wallabies flanker David Pocock will return from sabbatical to the Brumbies in 2018.

Brumbies on the up after over-performing in 2017 and as David Pocock returns, departing coach says.

'They're in the same boat'

The Highlanders are expected to make it to Christchurch in time for their quarterfinal despite suffering flight delays ...

Wet weather not dampening the Highlanders mood after late arrival in Christchurch for Super Rugby quarterfinal.

Falcon ball bounces for Barrett video

Jordie Barrett celebrates his somewhat unconventional try during the Hurricanes quarterfinal victory over the Brumbies.

Jordie Barrett is developing brother Beauden's knack for poppingĀ up in the right place at the right time.

Chiefs not focused on farewells

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says the team aren't focusing on rallying together to try and send the departees out on a high.

Any game now could be the last for several stalwarts, but the Chiefs aren't using departures as motivation.

'Grumpy' Canes get job done video

Hurricanes second five-eighth Ngani Laumape takes the ball into contact.

Hurricanes advance to the semis despite a third consecutive "sloppy, loose and ill-disciplined" effort.

Recap: Hurricanes v Brumbies

Ngani Laumape of the Hurricanes is tackled during the Super Rugby quarterfinal.

The Hurricanes bulldoze the Brumbies in Canberra to march into the Super Rugby semi-finals.

Chiefs player denied SA entry

Alex Nankivell of the Chiefs.

Chiefs midfielder Alex Nankivell denied entry to South Africa owing to a visa expiry date error.

Play-by-play: Hurricanes v Brumbies

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara.

The Hurricanes' quarterfinal clash with the Brumbies a play-at-a-time, in Canberra.

Highlanders to get tricky

Saturday night's quarterfinal could be Highlanders coach Tony Brown's last game in New Zealand before leaving for Japan.

Winning road playoff games isn't foreign to the Highlanders, and they tend to do it with surprises.

Naholo remains a Highlander video

Waisake Naholo will remain with the Highlanders.

Dynamic winger rejects the Chiefs and puts pen to paper for "another big year" among chanting Dunedin fans.

Tamanivalu chased by Chiefs

Seta Tamanivalu (pictured) worked on a building site in Taranaki with Waisake Naholo before they became professional ...

Incoming Chiefs coach Colin Cooper gets on the phone to the man they let go to the Crusaders.

Netball umpire to control rugby derby

Top netball umpire Jono Bredin will referee the Southland Spartans versus Otago Sassenachs rugby match on Sunday.

Top level New Zealand netball umpire Jono Bredin will control a rugby warmup match between the Southland Spartans and Otago Sassenachs.

Crusaders prepare to be bombed video

Israel Dagg, who transferred to the Crusaders in 2011 after several seasons with the Highlanders, has yet to win a Super ...

Israel Dagg expects the Highlanders will kick, kick and kick again as the rain tumbles in Christchurch.

Super 'Nearly Men' eye final step

New coach Scott Robertson has the Crusaders back in a familiar place, contending for an eighth Super Rugby title.

OPINION: Don't call 'em chokers, but it's been a while since the Crusaders lifted the trophy, writes Marc Hinton.

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