Highlanders success in the Investec Super Rugby semi-final against the Lions at Ellis Park on Sunday (NZT) would come down to the inner resolve of the side in the face of daunting odds in South Africa.
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said hooker and captain Dane Coles would be given until the last minute to decide whether to play in Saturday's Investec Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Wellington.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has flanker and captain Sam Cane available for Saturday's Investec Super Rugby semi-final against the Hurricanes while No.8 Michael Leitch should be back after two months off to provide power from the bench.
Hurricanes hooker and captain Dane Coles is doing everything he can to play in Saturday's Investec Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Wellington but ultimately his decision will come down to what is best for the team.
While they have done one and a half trips around the world in the last month, the Highlanders are making the most of extra time in their build-up to their Investec Super Rugby semi-final with the Lions in Johannesburg on Sunday (NZT).