Tanerau Latimer's playing days were numbered, so he invested in a kiwifruit orchard.
A 79th minute try saw Hawke's Bay take Mitre 10 Cup honours in Napier.
The red and blacks scored five tries in the win over Manawatu.
It was the ultimate low blow, as Waikato claimed their first rugby win in 10 games.
Both Counties and Northland picked up wins with time all but up on the clock.
Ben Lam scored three tries as Wellington claimed their second win of the season.
Auckland maintained their winning start to the season after beating Waikato.
The Bulls fullback scored 21 points in the victory over winless Steelers.
The former Canterbury and Highlanders rugby star has returned home to Manawatu.
The 27-20 win is the first of the season for the defending champions.
Bay of Plenty claimed victory over Counties to continue their winning start.
The Mitre 10 Cup is still relevant despite the lack of crowd numbers, writes Henry Rounce.