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Highlanders beat Hurricanes in Dunedin

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Article Published: Thursday 20 March 2014|


Ninety-three points were scored when the Highlanders last faced the Hurricanes and that match ended in a 49-44 victory for the Highlanders in Wellington.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The Highlanders make a strong start and work the ball into the Hurricanes half and set up a line out.

1.00: The Hurricanes win the first line out and kick upfield.

2.00: The Highlanders win the lineout and go through several phases and then Conrad Smith fails to roll away and the Highlanders have a penalty in front of the posts.

3.00: Lima Sopoaga hits the posts from in front ! The ball gets dotted down by the Hurricanes and they get a 22 drop out.

5.00: The Highlanders have had all of the territory and possession so far. They are camped in the Hurricanes 22 going through the phases bashing away at the Hurricanes defence. Penalty to the Highlanders for offside.

6.00: Sopoaga slots the penalty and the Highlanders lead.

8.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty for offside after the restart so Beauden Barrett takes the penalty shot and levels the scores.

10.00: The Highlanders continue to dominate the match. Brad Thorn has a run for the line but the Canes stop him and then turn the ball over.

11.00: The Hurricanes kick the ball upfield which gives possession back to the Highlanders.

12.00: Penalty again to the Highlanders for offside.  Jack Lam is down so there is a break for injury. Lam comes off for a concussion test.

14.00: Sopoaga takes the kick and slots the penalty. Highlanders lead again.

16.00: The Hurricanes get some attacking ball but they are brought to ground and then they give away another penalty of offside. Sopoaga takes the penalty shot and slots it.

20.00: The Hurricanes enjoy some continuity and work the ball into the Highlanders half. They test the Highlanders and win a penalty for offside. Jack Lam has failed the concussion test so he will remain off.

21.00: Barrett takes the penalty shot and nails it.

22.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Sopoaga lines up for the shot and nail it.

22.00: Barrett kicks short and the ball goes to Julian Savea but he concedes a penalty and the Highlanders kick for touch.

24.00: Penalty to the Highlanders from a scrum. Ardie Savea played the ball when it wasn't out so Sopoaga has another shot.

25.00: Sopoaga takes the kick and slots it.

27.00: The Hurricanes win a scrum kick and chase and it wins them a penalty. Barrett lines up the shot. He nails it.

29.00: The Highlanders kick and chase after the restart and Patrick Osborne gets there and forces the Hurricanes to knock on.

31.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty from the scrum so they kick for touch.

33.00: The Hurricanes work the ball up to the Highlanders 5m line. They also win a scrum and attack on the 5m line but then they concede a penalty. The Highlanders take a quick tap and run the ball out of their 22.

35.00: Yet another penalty to the Highlanders.  The Penalty conceded count so far is Hurricanes 9 Highlanders 4, Sopoaga takes the penalty kick and slots it again.

39.00: The Hurricanes are on the attack as the siren sounds. They keep the ball alive but then the Highlanders turn the ball over and Ben Smith kicks it into touch.

It is half time.

The half time score was Highlanders 18 Hurricanes 9

40.00: Beauden Barrett kicks off and the second half is underway.

41.00:The Highlanders have picked up where they left off in the first half. They are playing the game in the Hurricanes half.

42.00: Highlanders kick for touch and set up a line out. The Hurricanes win the line out and boot upfield. The Highlanders try to attack but concede a penalty so the Hurricanes kick for touch.

44.00: The Hurricanes look to be trying to run the ball more this half. They work the ball down to the Highlanders 22 and then they win a penalty.

45.00: Beauden Barrett takes the penalty kick and slots it.

47.00: Wow Conrad Smith receives a pass and Malakai Fekitoa lines him up and flattens him. Spectacular tackle and it wins the Highlanders a scrum on the Hurricanes 22.

48.00: The Hurricanes win the scrum and kick upfield and Ben Smith gets the ball and attacks.

49.00: The Highlanders send several waves of attack at the Hurricanes and the Ben Smith attacks from deep, splits the Hurricanes and passes to Aaron Smith who passes to Phil Burleigh who goes in for the first TRY under the posts.

50.00: Sopoaga slots the conversion. Andre Taylor comes on for Marty Banks. Hoeata is on for Thorn.

55.00: The Highlanders are awarded another penalty for offside so Sopoaga takes the kick and slots another one.

56.00: The Hurricanes (Hadleigh Parkes) tries a long pass out to Conrad Smith but it goes to Patrick Osborne who races away to score an intercept TRY!

58.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion and slots it.

60.00: The Hurricanes are not giving up despite the 23 point lead. They work the ball up to the 5m line but can't get through so we go back for a penalty. They tap it.

62.00: After the Hurricanes fail to score we go back for not being back 10m. The Canes get another tap and go. The Hurricanes go over the line and we go to the TMO. TRY to Ben Franks!

63.00: Barrett slots the conversion and the the Canes trail by 16.

66.00: The Hurricanes are back in the Highlanders 22 on the attack. They do however knock on.

67.00: The Hurricanes continue to be camped in the Highlanders 22. The Highlanders get a warning. Jarrad Hoeata is shown a yellow card. The Hurricanes tap and go on the 5 line.

68.00: The Highlanders however win a penalty. They kick for touch.

71.00: The Hurricanes attack in the Highlanders 22 again but they concede another penalty. The Highlanders clear the ball.

73.00: The Hurricanes mount a counter attack from deep in their half. Andre Taylor starts it and Beauden Barrett finishes off with a classy TRY.

74.00: Barrett adds the conversion.

76.00: The Hurricanes are still not giving up. Andre Taylor who came on this half has given the Hurricanes a big boost.

77.00: The Highlanders have the ball but can't do anything.

79.00: Almost out of the blue TJ Perenara makes a break and passes to Beauden Barrett and he races in for a TRY in the corner. He misses the conversion as he goes for a drop kick to ensure the Canes have time for a restart.

The score after 79 minutes is Highlanders 35 (18) Hurricanes 31 (9)


Tries - P.Burleigh, P. Osborne
Pen - L.Sopoaga 7
Con - L.Sopoaga 2
Drop -
Cards - J.Hoeata (68th min yellow)

Tries - B.Franks, B.Barrett 2
Pen - B.Barrett 4
Con - B.Barrett 2
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Kane McBride
Assistant Ref 2:Brendon Pickerill
TMO : Chris Wratt



1 . Kane Hames ,2 . Liam Coltman ,3 . Ma'afu Fia,4 . Brad Thorn,5 . Joe Wheeler ,6 . Elliot Dixon,7 . Shane Christie ,8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) ,9 . Aaron Smith ,10 . Lima Sopoaga ,11 . Patrick Osborne ,12 . Phil Burleigh,13 . Malakai Fekitoa,14 . Richard Buckman ,15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Ged Robinson,17 . Matias Diaz,18 . Chris King,19 . Jarrad Hoeata,20 . TJ Ioane,21 . Fumiaki Tanaka,22 . Hayden Parker,23 . Shaun Treeby


1. Ben Franks,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Mark Reddish,5. James Broadhurst,6. Jack Lam,7. Ardie Savea,8. Faifili Levave,9. Chris Smylie,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Hadleigh Parkes,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua,15. Marty Banks

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon,17. Chris Eves,18. John Schwalger,19. Mark Abbott,20. Blade Thomson/Adam Hill,21. TJ Perenara,22. Matt Proctor,23. Andre Taylor

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