The Highlanders have become the fourth New Zealand franchise to secure a place in the Super Rugby playoffs.

The defending champions have thumped the Jaguares 34-8 in Buenos Aires to guarantee themselves at least a wildcard berth.

Highlanders captain Ben Smith has told Sky Sport it was a solid all-round performance.

Smith says the forwards gave them so good ball and the were able to eliminate the Jaguares' off-loading ability.

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The top four New Zealand sides are separated by just three points and they play each other in the final round next Saturday.

-More to come.