Home advantage is a very real thing in the history of Super Rugby finals, but the Crusaders don’t mind a road trip, and won’t be worried about being away from home this weekend.
It’s only fair that most of the focus ahead of this weekend’s Super Rugby semi-finals will be on the players but, as Scotty Stevenson writes, both crucial clashes will also be defined by a battle between the old and new schools of professional coaches.
For the first time in NZ school sports history, players at this year's National 1st XV top 4 semi-finals will be subject to anti-doping testing, reports Scotty Stevenson.
The Super Rugby finals kick off this weekend with the best attacking teams in the competition favoured to have it all their way in the first round. That’s all well and good, but finals footy is finals footy, and as Scotty Stevenson discovers, we may need to have a conversation about discipline, too.
The weirdest draw in all of professional sports naturally gets a weird ending this week. Maybe it’s just time to admit that the system is too weird for everyone, writes Scotty Stevenson.
What if we added another three tests to the next Lions tour, without troubling the blokes at all? It's time for the British & Irish Lionesses, writes Scotty Stevenson.
As the weather closes in on Wellington and the vultures circle the conceptual carcass of the British and Irish Lions, the second test against the All Blacks shapes as perhaps one of the most important in the history of this great touring party.
Scott 'Razor' Robertson took the reins as the Crusaders head coach at the end of last season. So far his Super Rugby coaching record reads: 12 wins, no draws, no losses. Scotty Stevenson caught up with him in Fiji last week to talk about his coaching philosophies ahead of the Crusaders' Friday night match against the Chiefs.
A change has come at the top of Scotty Stevenson's power rankings after the Crusaders dethroned the Hurricanes in a New Zealand conference classic.
Gordon Hunter was a police detective and also one of the most memorable rugby coaches of his, or any, era. This weekend the Highlanders and Blues will contest the trophy named in his honour. Scotty Stevenson explains why that matters, and why Gordy's memory deserves to be kept alive.
With Super Rugby set to kick off for 2017, Scotty Stevenson picks some rising stars in the New Zealand squads who could light up the competition this season.
As the goalposts are taken down and cricket pitches mowed across the country, Scotty Stevenson reflects on the continued importance of provincial rugby in New Zealand.
Scotty Stevenson reports from the second Black Ferns vs Wallaroos test at North Harbour Stadium, where the Australians fought back admirably from their 67-3 hammering at Eden Park on Saturday.
The new breakdown laws currently being trialled in the Mitre 10 Cup have found little favour with World Rugby’s law committee, according to sources close to the latest meeting. Scotty Stevenson assesses their impact on the numbers after six weeks of competition.
The 2017 Super Rugby draw is out today. To mark the occasion Scotty Stevenson has power ranked every round of the upcoming season, from 1 to 16(B).
The Ranfurly Shield contest between the Waikato and Manawatu men's teams may have been a dud, but the warm-up match was a game for the ages, says Scotty Stevenson.
The New Zealand men's sevens Olympic campaign was given a raw deal by a rugby union which still sees the seven-a-side game as a poor relation to 15s, writes Scotty Stevenson in Rio de Janeiro.
Lions coach Johan Ackermann watched his gamble of resting his best players for their final round trip to Buenos Aires blow up in his face on Saturday night. The fact he took that gamble in the first place highlights some major problems with the expanded Super Rugby schedule, writes Scotty Stevenson.
Todd Blackadder is leaving to coach Aviva Premiership side Bath after eight seasons in charge of the Crusaders. Will his tenure be remembered as a success? Scotty Stevenson looks back on the career of a Crusader Man.
Where will the Super Rugby semifinals be won and lost? Scotty Stevenson breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of each of the four remaining teams.
A team who lost to the Jaguares last weekend remains the team to beat in the Super Rugby playoffs – at least according to Scotty Stevenson's final playoffs edition power rankings.
A shock new leader emerges at the top of Scotty Stevenson’s Super Rugby power rankings heading into the final round of the regular season.
Jarryd Hayne tells Scotty Stevenson why he walked away from the bright lights and big money of the NFL to fight for a spot in the Fiji Sevens team.
Scotty Stevenson awakes from a long and disorientating rugby slumber to continue the unforgiving weekly task of ranking every team in Super Rugby from best to worst.