The Hurricanes put on an offloading clinic in Wellington this morning as they claimed a bonus point victory over the Rebels, while their compatriots the Highlanders exhibited their own 'wristy' rugby in New South Wales
Second row Blade Thompson carved through the pitiful Aussies' defence to crown a move that began near the 'Canes' 22, the highlight of a comprehensive 41-6 thumping in this morning's first game.
Later this morning, current Super Rugby champions the Highlanders brewed up a storm of their own, racing to a 30-0 lead over the Waratahs, with Canterbury centre Rob Thompson leading an unstoppable charge up the middle for his adopted Super Rugby franchise on just his second appearance at that level.
The 'Tahs produced a breathtaking final third of their own, however, eventually falling 30-26 to the men from Otago on their own patch.
What a way to cleanse the pallet ahead of another potential up-the-jumper weekend of international rugby in Europe, provided of course that last weekend's Scotland and Ireland performances were a mere blip as the two sides gear up for their clash in Dublin.