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Highlanders beat Chiefs in Dunedin

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Article Published: Thursday 26 June 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Highlanders and the Chiefs the current Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have won four matches and the Highlanders one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Aaron Cruden kicks off and we are underway.

The Highlanders win an early penalty as a Highlanders player is tackled in the air. They kick for touch.

1.00: The Highlanders win the line out but they knock on.

2.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and attack but then they kick high and a player is tackled in the air so they win a penalty (Osborne).

3.00: The Chiefs go through the phases on attack in the Highlanders half but they gets pushed out wide into touch.

5.00: Ben Smith tries to clear the ball but he is charged down by Brodie Retalick and the ball is regained by the Highlanders after a chase. The Chiefs are awarded a penalty.

7.00: Aaron Cruden takes the penalty kick and it goes in off the post. The Chiefs lead.

9.00: The Chiefs are putting the Highlanders under pressure on their line. They get held up over the line and get awarded a 5m scrum.

12.00: The Highlanders defend their line and press the Chiefs back out of their 22. They win a penalty and kick for touch.

13.00: The Highlanders manage to stretch the Chiefs defence after the line out. Treeby makes a break and then Fekitoa gets through and passes to Ben Smith who sets up Patrick Osborne who goes in for the first TRY! Osborne goes across and dots it down behind the posts.

15.00: Lima Sopoaga slots the conversion.

16.00: The Chiefs hit straight back. They get the ball into the Highlanders 22 as Cruden chips ahead and the ball bounces oddly but nicely for Dwayne Sweeney who gets it and scores. TRY!

17.00: Aaron Cruden takes the conversion kick and nails it. Chiefs lead again.

20.00: The Chiefs have missed five tackles to none so far. The Highlanders chip the ball upfield but Anscombe is there and he kicks the ball straight back and makes ground.

21.00: The Chiefs win a penalty from the line out and they take the quick tap but knock on giving a scrum to the Highlanders.

23.00: The Chiefs have the ball on the Highlanders 22. They go through the phases and almost stretch the Highlanders but the final pass goes into touch.

26.00: Ben Smith chips the ball upfield along the line. Sweeney has to chase it and watch it go into touch. The Chiefs then win the line out and kick well downfield.

28.00: The Chiefs win a penalty on the half way line for Buckman not releasing the ball. Anscombe will kick for posts.

29.00: The kick is just inside the Highlanders half. Anscombe just gets it over the bar to extend the lead.

32.00: There is a break in play for an injury.

33.00: The game resumes with a scrum and the Highlanders win a penalty as the Chiefs front row collapsed.

34.00: Lima Sopoaga takes the penalty kick and he nails it.

37.00: The Highlanders try to go wide but the Chiefs stop them and they Chiefs go on the run. The ball is slowed and the Highlanders win a scrum as the ball does dead.

39.00: The scrum battles to complete and has to be reset a couple of times.

40.00: The scrum completes and the Highlanders kick the ball deep. Tom Marshall boots the ball into touch and then the siren sounds.

Its half time.

The half time score was Highlanders 10 Chiefs 13

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

41.00: The Highlanders win an early penalty so Lima Sopoaga takes the kick and levels the scores.

43.00: The Highlanders lose the line out as the Chiefs get a hand to it but they take the ball out again and the Highlanders get another line out. They take the ball out this time.

44.00: The Chiefs get a line out on the Highlanders 22. They win the line out and set up the maul and drive forward. As they get to the 5m line the Highlanders get the put in for a scrum as the ball had slowed and gone dead.

45.00: Chris King comes on for  Ma'afu Fia. The Chiefs have the ball in the Highlanders 22. They are going through the phases but the Highlanders are defending well.

46.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Sopoaga kicks for touch but fails to find it. The Chiefs counter attack.

48.00: The Highlanders break out as Fekitoa runs around Mahonri Schwalger and passes to Ben Smith who races in for the second Highlanders TRY!

50.00: Sopoaga adds the conversion. The Highlanders lead.

51.00: The restart ball goes to Patrick Osborne who dodges a tackle and races down the wing. The Highlanders make ground and get into the Chiefs half on the attack.

52.00: The Chiefs get caught with hands in the ruck so the Highlanders have a penalty. It's kickable.

53.00: Sopoaga takes the penalty kick and slots it. Highlanders lead by 10 which means the Chiefs need to score twice.

54.00: Fumiaki Tanaka comes on for Aaron Smith. Looks to be a straight replacement.

55.00: The Chiefs are trying to attack but the Highlanders slow the ball and turn it over. Sopoaga makes a break and passes to Buckman who eventually knocks on as he gets swamped by the Chiefs defence 5m out.

56.00: The Chiefs are starting to go to the bench to look for answers. Tim Nanai-Williams , Nathan Harris ,Tawera Kerr-Barlow and  Josh Hohneck come on.

58.00: The Highlanders win a penalty from the scrum - still 5m out - so Sopoaga will kick for posts.

59.00: Sopoaga nails the penalty.

61.00: The Highlanders win the put in at as scrum in their half. They are in control and the Chiefs are coming under real pressure to score next.

65.00: The Chiefs get the ball into the Highlanders corner. The Highlanders try to clear the ball but its charged down and bounces out. 22 drop out. Sopoaga boots the ball well downfield.

67.00: The Chiefs finally manage to get through the Highlanders defence as Tim Nanai-Williams beats three tackles and reaches for the line to score. TRY!

68.00: Aaron Cruden takes the conversion kick but slices it. The Chiefs still need to score twice.

70.00: Lima Sopoaga comes off and is replaced by Hayden Parker.

71.00: Parker goes for a drop goal as they have the advantage. He misses but gets another chance with the penalty.

72.00: Parker nails the penalty to extend the lead for the Highlanders.

74.00: Penalty to the Chiefs 5m out. They take it quickly and this time Josh Hohneck scores under the posts.

75.00: Aaron Cruden slots the conversion.

78.00: The Highlanders win a penalty for hands in the ruck. Liam Messam is not happy at all. The Highlanders kick for touch and they win the line out.

79.00: The Highlanders drive for the line but get stopped. They recycle and rebuild the maul maintaining possession.

80.00: As the siren sounds the Highlanders win the penalty. They kick it out and that's it the Highlanders win.

The full time score is Highlanders 29 (10) Chiefs 25 (13)


Tries - P.Osborne, B.Smith
Pen - L.Sopoaga 4, H.Parker
Con - L.Sopoaga 2
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - D.Sweeney, T.Nanai-Williams, J.Hohneck
Pen - A.Cruden, G.Anscombe
Con - A.Cruden 2
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1: Kane McBride
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Lash
TMO: Chris Wratt



1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Brayden Mitchell , 3 . Ma'afu Fia , 4 . Tom Franklin , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne , 12 . Shaun Treeby , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Ged Robinson , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . Chris King , 19 . Josh Bekhuis , 20 . Lee Allan , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Hayden Parker , 23 . Phil Burleigh


1. Pauliasi Manu,2. Mahonri Schwalger ,3. Ben Tameifuna ,4. Michael Fitzgerald ,5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Liam Messam,7. Tanerau Latimer,8. Liam Squire ,9. Augustine Pulu ,10. Aaron Cruden (c),11. Tom Marshall ,12. Bundee Aki,13. Robbie Fruean,14. Dwayne Sweeney ,15. Gareth Anscombe ,

Replacements : 16. Nathan Harris ,17. Jamie Mackintosh,18. Josh Hohneck,19. Matt Symons ,20. Tevita Koloamatangi ,21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow ,22. Tim Nanai-Williams ,23. James Lowe

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