Super Rugby

Coles poised to start in semi

Last week's cameo against the Brumbies should result in a start in the Hurricanes' semifinal in Johannesburg for Dane Coles.

Dane Coles' classy cameo against the Brumbies should be enough to get him a green light in Johannesburg.

No neutral refs defies belief

South African referee Jaco Peyper will control the Lions v Hurricanes semifinal, having taken the whistle for the first ...

OPINION: Surely the Super Rugby playoffs should be refereed by neutrals.

Chiefs racking up air points video

Brodie Retallick and the Chiefs could travel more than 40,000km if they have to go to Johannesburg for a potential Super ...

Chiefs could cover more than 40,000km in the air during Super Rugby playoffs if they make the final.

Barrett's season needs kick-start

Beauden Barrett has found his second season as Dan Carter's successor a bit tougher than his first.

OPINION: When is the real Beauden Barrett going to show up in 2017, asks Marc Hinton.

Mo'unga wary of playoff shanks

Crusaders first-five eighth Richie Mo'unga missed three penalties against the Highlanders last weekend.

It didn't cost them against the Highlanders, but Richie Mo'unga knows missed kicks could end the Crusaders' season.

Stransky's got a horrible feeling

Joel Stransky has a "horrible feeling" the Lions will be beaten by the Hurricanes in this weekend's Super Rugby semifinals.

Not playing a NZ team yet in 2017 will cost the Lions against the Hurricanes, Springboks great says.

Jackson to ref Crusaders

Referee Glen Jackson awards a try to Julian Savea during the Crusaders' 31-22 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington on ...

Glen Jackson is not exactly a favourite of Crusaders fans. Now he will control the Super Rugby semi against the Chiefs.

Chiefs up against history

Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby.

No team has travelled from South Africa to New Zealand, then won a playoff match since 1998.

Highlanders need home advantage

Departing Highlander Malakai Fekitoa.

Playing on the road finished them off this year, so chasing home playoff games is a priority.

Decision to play defended

Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach (right) said playing the Super Rugby quarterfinal match at AMI Stadium last Saturday night ...

Talk that Super Rugby quarterfinal between Crusaders and Highlanders should have been postponed dismissed by Crusaders boss.

High shot hum bugs

Referee Angus Gardner shows a yellow card to Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire in Christchurch on Saturday.

When is a yellow not a yellow? Here are some of the big calls which have created a stir this year.

Brumbies' loss a relief - Cully

Ardie Savea runs the ball up for the Hurricanes against the Brumbies. The Hurricanes played indifferently for 40 ...

OPINION: Michael Cheika won't be shedding any tears over the early end to Australia's Super Rugby year to forget.

Super-sized Savea headache video

Julian Savea will be feeling the heat to retain his position now that Vince Aso, right, is back.

Super Rugby's top try-scorer is on the plane to South Africa and it might spell trouble for Julian Savea.

Sleep tight, tight five

The Chiefs were below their best but it was enough.

Below their best but through, jetlagged Chiefs forwards face a mighty battle against Crusaders.

Moody's milestone muck-up

Loosehead prop Joe Moody revelled in the mud and rain as the Crusaders beat the Highlanders 17-0 in the Super Rugby ...

Joe Moody doesn't score tries. So when he finally did, he couldn't believe his water-bunged ear drums.

Tony Brown: I'll be back

Highlanders coach Tony Brown wants to return to Dunedin and coach the franchise again in the future.

Departing Highlanders coach doesn't want it to end like that, a tenure dying with a whimper in the rain.

Crusaders wary of Chiefs banana video

The Crusaders aren't far off breaking the drought, but it's too early to chest-beat, Kieran Read says.

Two Chiefs semis, two losses. Kieran Read knows he can't beat his chest just yet.

Hurricanes fans curse 55m kick

The Hurricanes were three minutes from a home semi, now they face 14 hours locked in an airliner.

They were three minutes from a home semi, now the Canes face 14 hours locked in a plane.

Tony Brown fires parting shot at refs video

Referee Angus Gardner shows a yellow card to Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire against the Crusaders on Saturday night.

Highlanders coach Tony Brown says referees are "getting a lot of calls wrong" after controversial yellow card.

Highlanders rue off night video

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.

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