Highlanders

Highlanders tame Brumbies in Southland

RNZI reports the defending champions outscored the visitors from Canberra two tries to one in the 23-10 victory.

Match day in the deep south of New Zealand didn't start well for the Brumbies, who had to take taxis to the ground after their team bus broke down.

Waisake Naholo to play club rugby as Highlanders return looms

Naholo suffered his latest leg injury in the dying stages of the Super Rugby champion's opening round loss to the Blues on February 26 and his rehabilitation has been carefully monitored at the franchise's headquarters.

The 24-year-old is now back in full contact training so a run in the club competition this weekend for the Harbour Hawks is the next logical step.

Should be emerge unscathed, Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod said the imposing finisher could play against the New Zealand conference-leading Chiefs in Hamilton on May 7.

Naholo still some way off for Highlanders

The Highlanders had hoped the Fiji-born flyer would be ready to play against South Africa's Sharks in Dunedin on Friday but assistant coach Tony Brown says Naholo is still some way off full contact training.

"We haven't really made a plan for Waisake yet. We're getting him back running, he's doing that at the moment," Brown said.

Reds beat Highlanders

Liam Gill, Nick Frisby and star man Samu Kerevi all scored tries in the first half, as the competition's 17th-ranked team dominated the outfit who came into the round rated second best.

Highlanders welcome back players from injury

In the forwards, regular starting lock Joe Wheeler re-joins the team and will partner with Mark Reddish who, after a good showing last week against the Waratahs, has been promoted to the starting fifteen.

The locks who started against the Waratahs last weekend, Alex Ainley and Tom Franklin, have both been left out of the matchday 23 this week.

Highlanders hold off resurgent Waratahs in Super Rugby nail biter

Despite fielding a supposedly depowered back three and the absence of two key forwards, the Highlanders notched their fifth win in seven matches over the New South Welshmen, though not before the concession of three tries in eight minutes set up a frantic climax at Allianz Stadium.

Highlanders edge Hurricanes in thriller

In a rematch of last year's Super Rugby title-decider, the 25-year-old's angled kick from just outside the 22m line gave the champion Highlanders their first win of the season, while leaving last year's runners-up 0-2 and under pressure after two rounds. "It was a good game, wasn't it? Just lucky we managed to pull through at the end there," Highlanders captain Ben Smith said pitchside.

Questions raised over Blues' match-winning try against Highlanders

Patrick Tuipulotu dived over from close range to push the Blues ahead 31-24 in the 71st minute of the Eden Park season opener, but a possible ruck infringement during the lead-up might mean the visitors were hard done by.

Sopoaga staying with the Highlanders

24-year-old Sopoaga has played 49 games for the Highlanders and made his All Blacks Test debut this year against the Springboks in South Africa.

He holds the season record for points scored by a Highlander with 191 in 2015.

Sopoaga excited to play with hero

Highlanders first five Lima Sopoaga and Hurricanes lock James Broadhurst will make their first appearances in the black jersey against South Africa on Sunday morning.

Sopoaga says playing inside Ma'a Nonu has been just a dream until now.

"Y'know I grew up in the 04 looking up to Nonu, never did I imagine playing a test with him, especially at Ellis Park in the ten jumper."

Sopoaga says Highlanders coaches Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown told him to strip back his game.