9:36 PM They boast backlines to envy but the Hurricanes and Highlanders both reckon their less-heralded forward packs hold the key to victory in the Super Rugby final.
Georgina Robinson Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph targets "Will Skelton and his mates" to pull off upset in Sydney and lock in the Highlanders first final since 1999.
The Highlanders will head into the Super Rugby playoffs with confidence after trouncing the lowly Blues 44-7 on a soggy night at Eden Park.
TOBY ROBSON There were no celebrations for the Hurricanes as they secured a home Super Rugby semi-final in Napier, but Jerry Collins would have been proud.
The Western Force remain winless against all Super Rugby teams bar the defending champions in 2015 with the Highlanders winning 23-3 in Perth on Saturday night.
Ryan Tongia and Aaron Smith bagged try-scoring doubles as the Highlanders whipped the Cheetahs 45-24 in Bloemfontein to improve their Super Rugby play-off chances.
The Lions staged a remarkable second-half comeback to defeat New Zealand's Otago Highlanders 28-23 in their Super Rugby clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight hopes a breakthrough try will spark a scoring spree for the rest of the season, vowing to step up as a backline leader to get the team's season back on track.
Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies have granted lock Sam Carter a leave of absence to be with his family after the death of childhood friend Nicholas Tooth, who died from a head injury sustained while playing rugby last weekend.
A brutally efficient first half set up the Highlanders for a 30-24 Super Rugby win over the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
A sizzling double to wing Waisake Naholo has helped halt the Highlanders' Super Rugby losing streak against the Crusaders with a 25-20 win in Christchurch.
Fijian flyers Waisake Naholo and Patrick Osborne both got in on the act as the Highlanders beat the Stormers 39-21 to record their biggest win of the Super Rugby season.
Nathan Burdon With so much X-factor under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium for the Highlanders' Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes, the only certainty was that no-one would be going home early.
Hooker Dane Coles will miss Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin, but two other All Blacks will return to the Hurricanes' starting line-up.