If Chris Boyd, Dave Rennie and Jamie Joseph were to pull out their calculators after their respective teams continued their strong Investec Super Rugby form, they would be surprised with the fact they are all on the verge of the finals.
New Zealand suffered a quarter-final defeat to England, then won the Plate final over France, in completing a series win in the final Women's World Sevens tournament in Amsterdam on Saturday.
With just three matches remaining, qualifying for the Investec Super Rugby Finals Series will be almost impossible for the Crusaders after the defending champion Waratahs won 33-22 in Sydney.
Superior Hurricanes forward play that has driven their campaign to the top of the Investec Super Rugby points table revealed itself in miserable conditions to claim a 29-5 win over the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday night.
New Zealand Rugby and the Highlanders have congratulated Ben Smith as he prepares to reach his 100th Investec Super Rugby match when the Highlanders face the Western Force at NIB Stadium in Perth tonight (Saturday NZT).