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Highlanders beat Brumbies in Invercargill

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The second Super Rugby match in Round 10 on Saturday is in Invercargill where the Highlanders host the Brumbies.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

The rain has arrived in Invercargill.

Matt Toomua of the Brumbies kicks off and the match is underway.

1.00: The ball goes into touch by the Highlanderes so the Brumbies  have a line out.

3.00: The Brumbies put multiple phases together in the Highlanders half but the home side defend well. After a line out the Brumbies win a penalty and Toomua kicks for touch, fails to find it and a kicking contest follows.

4.00: The Brumbies keep the ball moving and they make ground in the Highlanders half.

5.00:The Brumbies get the ball to the line and go at it again and again. Eventually they get pushed out wide.

6.00: The Highlanders win the line out and clear the ball into touch. The Brumbies almost got a chargedown.

7.00: The Highlanders win a penalty after the line out and clear the ball to the half way line.

10.00: The TMO is called in to review a high tackle by Jack Wilson on Robbie Coleman. Wilson is shown a yellow card. The Brumbies take the line out option.

11.00: Another penalty. Toomua kicks the ball into touch and the Brumbies win the line out. The Brumbies use the maul but they get blown up for obstruction (Sam Carter).

12.00:Lima Sopoga kicks for touch to clear and sets up the line out.

14.00: The Brumbies win another penalty for a later shoulders charge by Liam Squire. This time they will kick for posts. Lealiifano takes the kick and nails it. The Brumbies lead.

17.00: Tomas Cubelli makes a break and slices through the Highlanders. He has numbers with him but there is a knock on when he passes to Lealiifano.

19.00: Its all the Brumbies. They win another penalty and tap it. The Highlanders turn the ball over though and Ben Smith passes down the but the slippery ball is dropped.

21.00: The Brumbies win a penalty from the scrum. They kick for touch and set up the line out on the Highlanders 22.

22.00: The Brumbies concede yet another penalty by using the maul and obstruction. The Highlanders clear the ball into touch.

The Highlanders win another penalty. They kick for touch. No shortage of penalties in this one. The Highlanders are back to 15 players.

23.00:The Highlanders get the ball into the Brumbies 22 for the first time after the line out. They stretch the Brumbies and Patrick Osborne goes for the corner. The TMO will have to check if he grounded the ball. Looks unlikely. No grounding – no try. 22 drop out.

26.00: The Highlanders (A.Smith) chip the ball ahead and chase. The Brumbies win the ball and they pass the ball back and lose it. The Brumbies scramble and regather the ball and boot it into touch.

29.00: The Brumbies have a scrum near the half way line. They win the scrum and run at the Highlanders. They go from side to side but then Aidan Toua passes the ball straight into touch.

33.00: The Highlanders enjoy some rare attacking ball but the Brumbies manage to kill off the attack. Cubelli is getting some help from the medics.

35.00: The Highlanders win the ball from a scrum. They run the ball and Patrick Osborne races away. The Brumbies scramble and the ball is taken into touch.

37.00: The Highanders win the line out and run the ball. They get the ball on the wing and chip it ahead. The Brumbies knock on and slide into touch preventing the try. Highlanders 5m scrum. It collapses.

39.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and run with the ball. They go wide and on the second phase Lima Sopoaga slips through and scores. TRY!

40.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion kick from in front. He nails it.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Highlanders 7 Brumbies 3

The highlanders kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Highlanders win an early penalty. Sopoaga take the shot from in front. He misses.

44.00: James Dargaville comes on for Nigel Ah Wong.

45.00: The Highlanders win the ball and work it down the line Malakai Fekitoa passes out to Ben Smith who races away and scores. TRY! Fekitoa sucked in the defenders and dummied a pass before offloading the ball.

47.00: Sopoaga nails the conversion.

49.00: The Brumbies try to hit back and work the ball to the HIghlanders 22. There is a kick which hits the posts – its not clear whether its a drop goal or just a kick. The ball goes into touch.

50.00: The Brumbies win the line out and drive the maul over the line and Josh Mann-Rea scores. TRY!

51.00: Lealiifano takes the conversion kick and nails it.

54.00: Penalty to the Highlanders for obstruction as the Highlanders were chasing a high ball. Sopoaga will take a shot at the poles.

56.00: Sopoaga nails the penalty kick.

58.00: The Brumbies are back on attack in the Highlanders 22. They go through the phases 10m out.

60.00: The Brumbies win a penalty after an extended period on attack. They kick to the corner for the line out.

61.00: The Brumbies win the line out. They half set up a maul and then go to the backs. They send wave after wave of attack at the Highlanders line. 10 phases.

62.00: after 20 phases a mass of bodies drive over the line and we go to the TMO to check. It will be difficult given the mass of bodies. No clear grounding – inconclusive. 5m scrum.

65.00: The Highlanders win the ball and boot it well downfield. The Brumbies scramble back to defend.

67.00; The Highlanders are awarded a penalty for taking a player out under the highball. Sopoaga takes the kick and nails it. Brumbies have to score twice now.

71.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Sopoaga takes the kick. He nails it.

75.00: Penalty to the Brumbies just inside their half. They kick for touch.

76.00: The Highlanders have emptied their bench. The game is winding down.

79.00: Josh Mann-Rea comes off for the Brumbies. There will be a Highlanders scrum.

80.00: The Highlanders win the scrum, boot the ball into touch. Thats it the Highlanders have won.

The full time score is Highlanders 23 (7) Brumbies 10 (3) 

Scorers

Highlanders
Tries – L.Sopoaga, B.Smith
Pen – L.Sopoaga 3
Con – L.Sopoaga
Drop –
Cards – J.Wilson (10th min yellow)

Brumbies
Tries – J.Mann-Rea
Pen – C.Lealiifano
Con – C.Lealiifano
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Shane Christie (CC) , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Jack Wilson , 15. Ben Smith (CC)

Replacements : , 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Craig Millar , 18. Siosiua Halanukonuka , 19. Joe Wheeler , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Fumiaki Tanaka , 22. Hayden Parker , 23. Matt Faddes

Brumbies

Allan Alaalatoa , Josh Mann-Rea , Ruan Smith , Tom Staniforth , Sam Carter , Scott Fardy , David Pocock , Jarrad Butler , Tomás Cubelli , Christian Lealiifano (c) , Robbie Coleman , Matt Toomua , Tevita Kuridrani , Nigel Ah Wong , Aidan Toua

Replacements : Robbie Abel , Scott Sio , Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin , Rory Arnold , Lausii Taliauli , Jordan Smiler , Joe Powell , James Dargaville

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