Australia's Western Force piled on 16 unanswered points in the last quarter to beat New Zealand's Otago Highlanders 36-28 in a Super 14 match at Queenstown on Saturday. The Force trailed 28-20 with just 14 minutes to go but scored a late converted try and booted three penalties to cement their place in the top four.
The Canterbury Crusaders showed their championship qualities to climb off the canvas and beat the Western Force 29-24 in a pulsating Super 14 clash at Subiaco Oval in Perth on Sunday. The Crusaders trailed 24-12 midway through the second half, but scored the last 17 points of the match to remain unbeaten in 2008 and claim top spot on the table.
Two players from Australia's Western Force Super 14 club have been disciplined after mishandling small animals during a team bonding session. Scott Fava and Richard Brown were fined and ordered to undergo counselling for alcohol abuse after being found guilty of handling quokkas, a rare Australian marsupial.