The Crusaders' blockbuster with the Blues certainly didn't disappoint, as Richie Mo'unga dominated from fly-half and gave Leon MacDonald something to ponder as a result. Catch up with all the weekend's Super Rugby Aotearoa action here.
The Hurricanes established a strong lead and then held on to record their second win in Super Rugby Aotearoa with a 17-11 victory over the Highlanders.
The Crusaders relentlessly ground down the Highlanders to record a 40-20 victory in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin on Saturday, the hosts counting the cost of one golden opportunity blown.
Just how good do you have to be to beat the Crusaders right now? Well you have to take every opportunity that comes your way for a start. Meanwhile, something is just not quite right with the Chiefs.
The results in Round 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa went to plan, but the games were closer than many thought they would be. It also showcased two rising talents in New Zealand rugby, and the importance of good decision-making.
The Highlanders could have brought on the first golden-point of Super Rugby Aotearoa, but they instead kicked for the corner and then turned the ball over from the lineout to let the Blues off the hook on Saturday night.
Former All Blacks hooker Mark Hammett will leave his role as assistant coaching at the Highlanders at the end of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.
Australia's Super Rugby chief executives have been invited to be part of a conference call with their New Zealand counterparts as All Blacks great Justin Marshall says both nations need each other moving forward.
Melbourne Rebels prop Jermaine Ainsley has signed a two-year deal with the Highlanders that will see him return home from Australia and become ineligible for selection in Dave Rennie's Wallabies squad.
Penalties might have flowed freely, but that did little to diminish Super Rugby Aotearoa's opening weekend, the competition reaping the rewards as the public fell for the national sport again, Liam Napier writes.
New Zealand on Saturday became one of the first nations in the world to welcome hordes of fans back into a packed sports stadium.
Bryn Gatland slotted a 79th minute drop goal to give the Highlanders a 28-27 victory over the Chiefs as professional rugby union resumed after a three-month COVID-19 shutdown.
New Zealand Rugby is the beneficiary of the nation's outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Super Rugby Aotearoa to kick-off this weekend. The first rugby competition to return across the globe, it will look a little bit different.
The wait is almost over, Super Rugby Aotearoa is now just a couple of days away. To celebrate, we've come up with our list of the top 20 Most Valuable Players for the new competition. Introducing the top 10.
The wait is almost over, Super Rugby Aotearoa is now just a couple of days away. To celebrate, we've come up with our list of the top 20 Most Valuable Players for the new competition.
Super Rugby Aotearoa will be the first professional rugby competition to take place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With returning superstars, shock personnel additions and new laws, it's set to be one helluva tournament.
Five rounds in and we have two clear contenders for the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa title and a mouthwatering match up to highlight the mid-season point.
Round three of Super Rugby Aotearoa promises plenty of action with the Blues returning to Eden Park to take on the winless Highlanders in front of a packed out stadium, while the Crusaders will play their first game at home against the Chiefs.
Four weeks in and two teams remain unbeaten as we close in on the halfway mark. While the Hurricanes are all but out of title contention, the four remaining sides have time to move their way to the top of the ladder.
Round 1 of Super Rugby Aotearoa was played before record crowds and this weekend's match-ups in Hamilton and Wellington are both likely to draw plenty of spectators once again.
After a three month break rugby is finally back with Super Rugby Aotearoa to kick off on Saturday with the Highlanders hosting the Chiefs.
Former All Blacks winger Nehe Milner-Skudder is chomping at the bit to reboot his rugby career with the Highlanders after going through "dark places" with injury.
New Zealand Rugby [NZR] have confirmed Super Rugby Aotearoa will kick off as early as next month with the first match to take place on Saturday June 13.
The review, to be called Aratipu, will look at all facet's of the country's Super Rugby involvement and how it can grow, regenerate and invigorate the competition after a prolonged period of falling interest.
New Zealand may add a North Island vs. South Island match to the national fixture list as it looks for ways to restart its domestic rugby season, Sam Whitelock says.
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