The Crusaders appear to be back after they and the Blues delivered one of the best games of the season, writes Patrick McKendry.
Hurricanes fans may be chanting a White Stripes song made famous by his older brother Waisake, but the younger Naholo is out to prove he's got his own thing going.
The Hurricanes have powered their way through a seesaw opening against the Waratahs to post a comfortable 34-17 win in niggly Wellington conditions.
With Super Rugby Aupiki running for only five weeks teams have a limited training window, however the Auckland rugby hub has opened its arms to players across the region.
Tasman duo Tyrel Lomax and David Havili have both opted to stay in New Zealand with new deals with the Hurricanes and the Crusaders, respectively.
The Hurricanes will have plenty of power for Friday night's Super Rugby contest at home with Asafo Aumua also joining the starting XV.
Competition newcomers are the week's big movers after beating the Crusaders in front of a frenzied crowd in Lautoka, writes Patrick McKendry.
The Blues have held on to beat the Hurricanes 25-19 in a sloppy, ill-disciplined evening of Super Rugby action in the capital.
After only two rounds, Super Rugby Pacific already has established a familiar pecking order with the top six teams already standing out.
The 20-year-old loose forward replaces captain Ardie Savea at No.8 while he serves a one-week ban in part for making a throat-slitting gesture last week.
Last season's beaten finalists looked a little fragile against the Brumbies at the weekend - Dane Coles and company will seek to take full advantage.
Savea was quick to regret his throat-slitting gesture against the Melbourne Rebels and accepts his punishment, Hurricanes coach Jason Holland says.
Rugby writer Patrick McKendry runs the rule over the weekend's "super" action.
The captain could face a ban from two weeks upwards, though he did make a public apology in a post-match TV interview.
Ardie Savea has already apologised for the incident in the Rebels game but revealed he has already received a phone call from his dad about it.
Ardie Savea was sent off after "escalating" a clash between his side and the Rebels but it was what he did as he left the field that has people talking.
Five second-half tries for Hurricanes ensure they take a bonus point victory from their Super Rugby Pacific opener.
The Chiefs Manawa overcame a slow start to kick off their Super Rugby Aupiki title defence with a 53-21 win over the Hurricanes Poua in Levin.
Permanent Super Rugby shift will help Barrett's chances of staying in his preferred second-five position with All Blacks in World Cup year.
New law variations in this season's Super Rugby Pacific are designed to speed up the game to make it more entertaining.