The Crusaders are a wounded franchise for the second year running but fullback David Havili believes the physical nature of derbies provides the pressure test teams need to be Super Rugby contenders.
One of Super Rugby's fiercest rivalries highlights Round 5 as the Highlanders and Crusaders prepare to write another chapter in the South Island show-stopper. Meanwhile, Daryl Gibson is all anyone wants to talk about in Sydney.
Friday's Australian derby produced a quality battle between two impressive No. 8s but the result is nothing more than short-term agony for Michael Cheika. The Blues and South African youngsters also wrote themselves into the Round 4 headlines.
All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has bagged a double for the Highlanders who have accounted for the Stormers 33-15 in a five-try Super Rugby win in Dunedin.
Super Rugby Round 4 is headlined by the huge Kiwi derby between competitions favourites the Hurricanes and Crusaders. Meanwhile in Brisbane, Taniel Tupou's World Cup credentials get another test against the Bulls.
Super Rugby Round 3 begins with derbies across New Zealand and Australia, the second of which offers the first glimpse of veteran Christian Leali'ifano on home soil. Are the Wallabies' woes at No.10 about to ease?
Super Rugby Round 2 got off to a flyer with the Blues and Highlanders providing the standout game of the weekend, while the high tackle law has us questioning whether they'll will be refereed consistently. These are the stories of Round 2.
The Highlanders and Blues kicked off the New Zealand conference in breathtaking fashion in Dunedin, the hosts emerging victorious after an end-to-end, nine-try thriller.
The Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams take the field for the first time after the competition kicked off last week. We tell you what to watch for in Round 2.
Super Rugby us is up an running for 2018 with play commencing in the South African conference over the weekend. The New Zealand franchises begin their seasons from Friday, so what can we expect?
New Zealand rugby fans will expect their sides once again to dominate Super Rugby, and Sam Bruce assesses the squads of the Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes.
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has insisted that New Zealand Rugby's finances are not limitless when it comes to keeping their best homegrown players playing Super Rugby.
The Highlanders will take on the Chiefs in a New Zealand Super Rugby derby in June in Fiji.
New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises have each unveiled their squads ahead of the 2018 season, when the competition will revert to a three-conference, 15-team structure.
The Highlanders have snared the signature of rising Melbourne Rebels prop Tyrel Lomax, although they'll have to wait more than a year for his services.
Former All Blacks and Crusaders centre Aaron Mauger has signed a three-year deal to coach the Highlanders, replacing the Japan-bound Tony Brown at the Super Rugby side.
KweséESPN takes a look at some of the important duels that could have a massive bearing on the outcome of the do-or-die semifinals.
All Blacks star Ben Smith is set for a sabbatical following next month's back-to-back Bledisloe Cup Tests against the Wallabies.
We're down to the final four in Super Rugby with the semifinal action set down for Christchurch and Johannesburg this weekend. So who will advance to the big dance?
The Crusaders have rediscovered their winning touch in emphatic style, overwhelming the Highlanders 17-0 in a drenched Super Rugby quarter-final in Christchurch.
The Highlanders Super Rugby team is having difficulty getting to Christchurch for their quarter-final match against the Crusaders on Saturday.
All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa says his decision to leave New Zealand Rugby for French giants Toulon was the most difficult of his life.
After 17 rounds, we've reached the quarterfinals, so who'll come out on top and make it through to the semifinals?
A level above. That is how Reds coach Nick Stiles has described New Zealand rugby after the end of Queensland's Super Rugby season with a 40-17 thrashing by the Highlanders in Dunedin.
We look at the final round of the home-and-away season: Can the Crusaders finish the campaign undefeated?
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- HLAND12thTRIES SCORED 1st Lions : 23 Tries ScoredLIONS1st1023
- HLAND5thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Melbourne Rebels : 69 Points DifferenceREBEL1st2569