Hurricanes show winning beats style in New Zealand.
Five-eighth Beauden Barrett dived on a loose ball with a little over 11 minutes remaining to score a try that sealed the Wellington Hurricanes' first Super Rugby title.
Former loose forward Jerry Collins was a big part of the inspiration behind the Hurricanes' defence this year, the new Super Rugby champions have revealed.
Hurricanes winger Cory Jane usually gets the plaudits for his attacking and finishing skills, but it's his behind-the-scenes work on the team's defence that is giving him more satisfaction this year.
Elton Jantjies displayed a full array of skills to propel the Lions into their first Super Rugby final.
Two flashes of Beauden Barrett genius booked the Hurricanes a second-successive Super Rugby final appearance following a 25-9 win over the Chiefs.
The Hurricanes are hopeful skipper Dane Coles can overcome injury to play in Saturday's blockbuster Super Rugby semi-final clash with the Chiefs.
It's been tempting to play down what Super Rugby's top qualifiers have achieved in recent weeks.
The Hurricanes will host a Super Rugby quarter-final after a dominant 35-10 bonus-point win over the Crusaders in Christchurch.
The NSW Waratahs' finals hopes are hanging on by a thread after they missed out on a fine chance to cement themselves at the top of the Australian conference against the Hurricanes.
For the Hurricanes, the magic number is 50.
The Hurricanes' big men came to the rescue in a 37-27 win over the Blues in Wellington which keeps them in the hunt for Super Rugby's top qualifying spot.
All five of the Wellington Hurricanes players who were stood down for one game after breaching a team curfew have been recalled by coach Chris Boyd for a rematch of last year's final against the Highlanders on Friday.
The Hurricanes have overcome off-field disruption to get their Super Rugby campaign back on track with a 29-14 bonus-point win over the lowly Reds in Wellington.
The Hurricanes are calling their decision to stand five players down from selection as a "one-out-of-10 offence with a 10-out-of-10 punishment".
As many as five Hurricanes players could be dropped for this weekend's games against the Reds after breaching curfew in South Africa.
JP Pietersen scored tries either side of halftime to propel South Africa's Sharks to a 32-15 victory over the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes' long-held dominance over the Lions has scaled new heights with a 50-17 thrashing of the home side in Johannesburg.
The Chiefs have consolidated their position at the top of the Super Rugby ladder after hanging on for a 28-27 win over the Hurricanes in a see-sawing battle in Wellington.
The Hurricanes' skipper has called the AAMI Park surface "dangerous" after the Rebels game.