Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has hit out at what he describes as a "season-defining" mistake by match officials late in their Super Rugby loss to the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes have consolidated their position at the top of the Super Rugby ladder with a 29-23 win over the Crusaders.
Vince Rugari Luck has completely deserted the Queensland Reds this season but captain James Slipper senses their fortunes may have finally turned.
Paul Cully The Hurricanes are stacked with Test stars but the Waratahs will have to do more than just shut the big names down.
Toby Robson It wasn’t quite the celebration the Hurricanes envisioned in front of their home crowd, but when you’ve won six straight the spectacle can be forgiven.
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.
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Toby Robson Winning start for new coach as Super Rugby franchise gets its first season opening win since 2010.
The Hurricanes won't have to look far if their regular goalkickers lose their groove this year.
Liam Napier John Kirwan's men took the result but not the spoils with a 32-29 win in Albany today.
Toby Robson Ma'a Nonu will skip the Hurricanes' season-opener against the Lions as he stays home in Wellington to await the birth of his third child.
Toby Robson Dan Carter's bright half hour wasn't enough to prevent the Crusaders losing 41-31 to the Hurricanes.