The Southern Kings have stunned the Highlanders 34-27 in a dominant Super Rugby performance in Port Elisabeth.
Both sides scored four tries, but the Kings who led 20-17 at half-time were never in danger of losing, racing out to 34-17 with 10 minutes left.
Highlanders captain Andrew Hore’s lamenting another poor display.
“We didn’t help ourselves really, we played into their strengths by giving penalties away and letting them kick the line.”
Meanwhile, The Blues have nearly blown a 19 point half time lead in narrowly beating the Rebels 36-32 at Eden Park.
A first half hat-trick to wing Frank Halai was almost undone by conceding 15 straight points after the break.
Coach Sir John Kirwan says it’s a valuable lesson.
“We need to learn to be ruthless, so we’ll take the five points, that’s a real positive for us. Could have been a banana skin, it wasn’t. But we need to keep trying to work towards an 80 minute performance.”
The Blues are second in the New Zealand conference and fifth on the overall log.
The Waratahs have beaten the Stormers 21-15 in Sydney to keep their playoff hopes alive.