Another thrillingly close NZ conference game, the Hurricanes beating the Highlanders under the roof at Forsyth-Barr Stadium in Dunedin 23-19. Apart from the final five minutes when Slade missed a crucial kick and the ball being thrown around willy nilly, it was a much improved performance by the southern men compared to last week. Still, they remain winless after three games, the Hurricanes getting their second win of the season. Now, can the Cheetahs back up their epic performance against the Highlanders last week with a win against the Waratahs, or was it just a one off? And they can! Probably the most exciting game played in Australia yet - for an outsider at least - the Cheetahs pipped the Waratahs 27-26. So the Tahs shot themselves into the foot again and are relegated to a distant third place in the Australian conference. And is it just me, or are the Waratahs supporters really obnoxious sore losers? In the last ten minutes of the game, the Cheetahs win their own lineout, the crowd boos; the Cheetahs manage to collect their own high kick and the crowd boos again. It was at that point I started hoping the Cheetahs would win just to shut the crowd up.