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  I spy with my TMO eye ...

TMO Protocols

  Television Match Officials are feeling the heat as new TMO protocols give rugby fans a real-time, close-up view of their handiwork.

It's a change that's adding excitement, drama, and most importantly, greater accuracy to the game.

Former professional referee Vinny Munro, now New Zealand Rugby's man in charge of TMOs, says that the workload - and the intensity - for the guy in the TMO box, is huge.

"Referees are getting smarter and quicker at using the TMO ... we know that we have a fourth set of eyes focussed 100% on the TV," he said.  Read the full story here.

Important Stuff

Points Tables

Points Tables

Check out the Conference and overall points tables.


Round 8 Results

See the Official Results from Round Eight, including overall points scorers

Points Scorers

Top Points Scorers

Track the Top New Zealand points and try scorers from Round Eight.

Referee Appointments


Check out the referees and match officials for Rounds 9-12.

Check this out!

Kai Time in the Creek - New Hurricane cap Ardie Savea (pictured) and a few team mates helped dish out breakfast as part of the Kai Time programme at Cannons Creek School, Porirua recently.  The boys served up weetbix and handed out posters. Kai Time provides free meals to school kids to encourage better learning with a full tummy.  The 'Canes head to Auckland to face the Blues who have also been connecting with kids in their community.

Jabbed on the job - Chiefs co-captain Craig Clarke and the team made the most of their bye round last week by getting themselves and their families immunised against a potentially life-threatening strain of influenza.  They're all fighting fit now for their Round 9 afternoon match against the Reds this Saturday at Waikato Stadium.

It's Ladies Night at the Zoo as Forysth Barr Stadium seeks out Miss Zoo 2013 at the Highlanders match against the Brumbies this weekend. On-field the Highlanders are desperate for a win, and they're calling on fans young and old to get behind them.  Their special Take a Kid to the Footy deal ought to help.

Cheer-saders - With the Crusaders in Perth ahead of their Round 9 match against the Western Force on Saturday night, some of the team will be cheering on the basketball at Perth Arena for the second of the NBL grand final series matches between our own New Zealand Breakers, who are one-up in the series, and the Perth Wildcats. Tipoff tomorrow night is 11:30pm NZT (7.30pm Perth).

Dillon Boucher, New Zealand Breakers

Coming up this weekend

Highlanders v Brumbies
7.35pm, Friday 12 April, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Teams Head to Head

It's match number 18 for these two rivals, with honours currently standing at nine wins to the Brumbies and eight to the Highlanders.
The Brumbies have a healthy lead on points, scoring on average five more per match than their hosts: 449 points (26.4 per game) to the southern men's 364. The Brumbies won their last contest 33-26 and also earned a 33-31 win last time these two sides met in Dunedin in 2009.

Compare the two teams  
Chiefs v Reds
16.35pm, Saturday 13 April, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Teams Head to Head

It's 2012 Champion v 2011 Champion in Hamilton this Saturday and it's a tough one to call. The Reds have nine wins to the Chiefs' eight and after 17 matches, just three points separate the two teams. The Reds are a smudge in front, with 431 points (25.35) to 428 (25.18) and recent results favour the Queenslanders, who took the honours in 2012, 42-27 in Brisbane and in 2011 19-11 in their last clash in Hamilton.

Compare the two teams  
Blues v Hurricanes
7.35pm, Saturday 13 April, Eden Park, Auckland
Teams Head to Head

These two sides met in their 2013 season opener, with the Blues triumphant at Westpac Stadium 34-20 and this was the northerners' 12th win from 20 contests (plus one draw).

That win extended the Blues' lead on points to 99 : at 578 and with an average of 28.9 they stand a good chance of reaching 600 points, while the Canes on 479 (with average 23.95) could bring up 500 points against a New Zealand team for the first time.

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Western Force v Crusaders
23.45pm, Saturday 13 April (NZT), NIB Stadium, Perth
Teams Head to Head

This is only the second time the Crusaders have played the Force in Perth on their way back from South Africa. The last time was in 2008 and the Crusaders won that match 29-24.  From the eight contests so far, the Crusaders have four wins (there have been two draws as well) and have built up a healthy lead on points: 224 (32 per game) to 148 (21.1 per game). The red and blacks took the win in their last match in Christchurch 38-24 and also their last encounter in Perth, 24-16 in 2011.

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