Chris Dutton Matt Hawke has run more kilometres than any of the ACT Brumbies at pre-season training.
The Rebels have bolstered their 2014 squad, with the signing of Highlanders centre Tamati Ellison on a one year deal.
The Highlanders took a big step towards avoiding the Super Rugby wooden spoon by beating the Hurricanes 49-44 in a remarkable game at Wellington.
Nathan Burdon Brad Thorn plans to re-sign with the Highlanders for next year, but he will take a break from rugby for the rest of this season after the team's final game against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday...
Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels led for all of 10 seconds against the Highlanders in their final Super Rugby game of the season.
A fired up Canterbury Crusaders returned to the fray after the three-week Test window to snare a vital bonus point 40-12 win over the Otago Highlanders.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.35pm (AEST)
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday, 1.05am (AEST)
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
WELLINGTON: The Crusaders inflicted more misery on the winless Highlanders with a 24-8 Super Rugby win at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.
Eden Park, Auckland, Friday 5.35pm (AEDT)
Blues halfback Piri Weepu scored two late tries in a 29-18 win over the Highlanders at Eden Park which consigned the southern side to a sixth straight loss this Super Rugby season.
Chris Dutton ACT captain Ben Mowen says the Brumbies need to show they can ''perform under huge pressure'' and has backed the squad to recapture its best against the Highlanders on Friday night.
Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will throw a Super Rugby rookie into battle as they attempt to recapture their best form, naming Jordan Smiler to make his debut against the Otago Highlanders on Friday night.
Chris Dutton The ''granddaddy'' of Super Rugby, Brad Thorn, is drawing inspiration from the 1999 Brisbane Broncos to lead a Highlanders revival and is confident his team can stun the ACT Brumbies on Friday night.
Chris Dutton The Brumbies take on the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Chris Dutton The Brumbies will hope an 11-point win in Dunedin will be the turning point for their season.
The Hurricanes prevailed in a tight contest for a second week in a row, downing the Highlanders 23-19 on Friday in Dunedin to record their second Super Rugby victory of the season.