Ben Smith appears capable of successfully filling just about any position in the All Black backline. Photo / Brett Phibs

Trumpeting the quiet achiever

A couple of things became clear about Ben Smith last week. The first is that he's probably the most natural and best-equipped footballer New Zealand has produced in…

Auckland's win over North Harbour could have been greater with more accuracy from Gareth Anscombe. Photo / Getty

Rugby: Auckland ease to win

The rivalry between Auckland and North Harbour has paled significantly since the infamous Battle of Onewa 20 years ago…

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Seta Tamanivalu sent his side on their way to victory after scoring Taranaki's opening try. Photo / Getty

Rugby: Taranaki take top spot

Whether blowing away the opposition, edging nail-biters or grinding out patchy victories - Taranaki just keep on winning…