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Saturday, March 4th, 2017


Super clash between South Island Titans

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 04:  Seta Tamanivalu (C) of the Crusaders tries to break the tackle of Elliot Dixon (L) and Tom Franklin of the Highlanders during the round two Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand.  (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

DUNEDIN, New Zealand-March 4: 9:51pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Old Super Rugby rivals the Canterbury Crusaders and Otago Highlanders battled it out in an epic Southern Classic at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin with the visitors bringing in a last minute comeback to win the encounter 30-27. With hard hits and bone crunching contacts it was a feast of rugby finesse culminating in the last quarter of the game prompting a commentator to mention that “This is not a time to make a cup of tea” and boy was he true.

Tonga trio for Japan A

The Cherry Blossom of Japan (photo:Japan Rugby Football Union)

SUVA, Fiji-March 4: 5:51pm(Fiji Times): Tongan rugby players Facui Fainga, Makisi Faulua and Tatafu Tevia, are proud to be part of the Japan A rugby side for this year’s World Rugby Pacific Cup Challenge in Fiji. The trio are also eager to face tough challenge from fellow Pacific brothers in the rugby campaign. Flanker Tatafu Tevia said the competition would be physical and tough.

Marist Duo arrive in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania-March 4: 1:14pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Palu Fihaki and Patelesio ‘One’one of the Marist ‘Apifo’ou Rugby club in Nuku’alofa have arrived safely in Romania. Photos on Facebook show both players healthy, happy and ready to start with training.

Chiefs marching on victorious path

(Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

WAIKATO, New Zealand-March 4: 12:36pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Aaron Cruden wrapped up his 100th Super Rugby appearance with a win against the Auckland Blues and he was on fire. The Waikato Chiefs won the match 41-26 in a rather one-sided affair after an early red card was shown to Blues loose forward Steven Luatua for a smashing high and late tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams in the closing minutes of the first half.