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10dReuters

Christie double keeps Blues title hopes alive

Finlay Christie scored an early try in each half as the Blues beat the Highlanders in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin to keep the race for the domestic title still alive.

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23dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R6: Ngani Laumape makes powerhouse point

Round 6 of Super Rugby Aotearoa produced two further gripping encounters, but it was the performance of Ngani Laumape that left a significant impact on several Blues players and certainly should silence some "disrespectful" critics.

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24dReuters

Tomkinson last gasp try seals comeback win

Sio Tomkinson scored a try after the final siren as the Otago Highlanders rallied from an early 24-0 deficit and produced a storming second half to beat the Waikato Chiefs 33-31.

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30dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R5: Mo'unga masterclass highlights Blues' Barrett conundrum

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.

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31dReuters

Hurricanes hang on to beat Highlanders

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.

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39dReuters

Ruthless Crusaders teach Highlanders a lesson

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.

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37dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R4: The Crusaders can make you look very silly

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.

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44dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R3: New Zealand production line in full swing

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.

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46dReuters

Blues stay unbeaten after Highlanders blow late opportunity

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.

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50dReuters

Assistant coach Hammett to leave Highlanders

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.

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56dSam Bruce

Trans-Tasman comp has support of All Blacks great

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.

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58dReuters

Wallabies' Ainsley to return to New Zealand

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.

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58dLiam Napier

Super Rugby Aotearoa reignites Kiwis' love of rugby

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.

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60dReuters

Gatland drop goal gives Highlanders win

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.

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61dSam Bruce

NZ Rugby embraces 'autonomy, innovation' as rugby's first returners

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.

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61dSam Bruce

Super Rugby Aotearoa's Most Valuable Players: 10-1

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.

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36dSam Bruce

Super Rugby Aotearoa's Most Valuable Players: 20-11

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.

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64dSam Bruce

Rugby is back! Breaking down Super Rugby Aotearoa

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.

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33dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R5: Line-ups, odds, analysis

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.

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19dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R7: Line-ups, odds, analysis

With just three rounds remaining, the race for the top spot is heating up with at least three teams still in the hunt for the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa title.

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47dESPN Staff

Super Rugby Aotearoa Rd 3: Line-ups, odds, tips

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.

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26dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R6: Line-ups, odds, analysis

After five exciting rounds we now enter return fixtures with the Hurricanes playing host to the Blues and the Highlanders taking on the Chiefs in Hamilton.

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40dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R4: Line-ups, odds, analysis

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.

2020 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • HLAND15th
    Tries Scored 1st Queensland Reds : 32 Tries Scored
    REDS1st
    11
    32
  • HLAND12th
    Points Difference 1st Brumbies : 93 Points Difference
    BRUMB1st
    -72
    93