Flyhalf Damian McKenzie and fullback Shaun Stevenson led the Chiefs counter-attacking game as the Hamilton-based team beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders 52-28 to extend their winning start to the season in Super Rugby Pacific to 10 matches.
With his future confirmed at the Highlanders at least until 2026, Ethan de Groot faces one of his scrum tests of the season when going up against All Blacks teammate Tyrel Lomax when playing the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby Pacific game in Dunedin on Saturday.
All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith hopes the nine-day turnaround, Sunday afternoon rugby and support from Invercargill's crowd will give the Highlanders a much-needed boost against the Force in their Super Rugby Pacific game.
Super Rugby Pacific will celebrate the next generation of fans and players during Kids Round with special deals and free tickets making it easier than ever for families to attend matches during Round #4 of the 2023 season.
As the only two South Island-based teams in Super Rugby Pacific, the Crusaders and Highlanders have a unique and special rivalry, making their matches some of the most anticipated and intense in the competition.