New Zealand-born Liz Patu is the first player to be suspended in the history of the women's Super W competition since it was founded last year.
The bonus-point win clinched the title, a 16th in the various versions of the southern hemisphere championship, with a game to spare for the world champions in what was a scrappy but well-deserved victory.
Will it be third time lucky for the Lions as they head into their third Super Rugby final in as many years? The odds to not favour the South African rugby franchise, who take on eight-time winners Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday.
The Lions will play in the final for a third successive year, but must travel to New Zealand to meet the Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch in the decisive encounter next Saturday.
The final day of the Commonwealth Games was marred when Scottish athlete Callum Hawkins was left without medical attention on the marathon course after collapsing in the brutal heat during the last event of the athletics programme.
Shirtless at the Rio summer Olympics in 2016, the 34-year-old Taufatofua from Tonga is a hit in South Korea having trained on roller skates to qualify for the cross country skiing.
Ghana's rugby union wants the game to rival the popularity of football in the country and the girls are shaking up perceptions.
Raelene Castle is the first woman ever to oversee a national rugby union any where in the world. The former former boss of Netball New Zealand, has been tasked with unifying the sport in Australia.
South Africans criticise and express disappointment over the outcome, especially since an evaluation report had favoured their country.
The world champions extinguished any chance of an upset with three tries in seven first-half minutes.
There was real hope among British fans that this team might become the first Lions team since 1971 to win a tour in New Zealand.
There is real hope among British fans that this team might become the first Lions team since 1971 to win a tour in New Zealand.
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