The Hurricanes and Highlanders have played each other 28 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 54 % of the matches. On home soil the Hurricanes have played the Highlanders 14 times and won 8 matches and lost six.
This gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 57% of their home matches against the Highlanders. However out of the last seven matches in Wellington the Hurricanes have won five.
We are waiting for the kick off.
The Highlanders kick off and the match is underway.
2.00: The Hurricanes win the first line out and they work the ball from their half into the Highlanders half.
3.00: The Hurricanes keep the ball moving and testing the Highlanders defence. They go through a large number of phases but then knock on. Scrum to the Highlanders on the 22m line.
6.00: Both teams clearly want a fast paced running game. The Highlanders work the ball up the field but they knock on.
7.00: The Hurricanes win a line out and then a penalty for offside and playing the man on the ground.
8.00: Beauden Barrett takes the penalty kick but misses.
11.00: The Hurricanes turn a messy scrum into a benefit with a useful kick. They win the line out and set up the maul. Ardie Savea gets driven over the tryline and scores. TRY!
12.00: The conversion is missed.
14.00: The Highlanders win a scrum and run the ball. They make some ground but the ball is then kicked into touch.
15.00: The Hurricanes win the line out and go through about 8 phases but concede a penalty for not releasing.
17.00: The Highlanders take the line out option. They win the line out and kick. Jordie Barrett kicks it back with interest.
18.00: The Hurricanes kick the ball to Fletcher Smith who misses and knocks on giving a scrum to the Hurricanes.
21.00: The Hurricanes work the ball over the line but there was offside. No try. They choose the 5m line out. Hurricanes in control of the match at the moment.
22.00: Dane Coles overthrows badly and the ball gets cleared into touch by the Highlanders.
23.00; The HIghlanders get the ball from the line out and attack down the wing. Malakai Fekitoa gets to the corner and almost scores. No try as he was tackled into touch but the TMO is called in to check what actually happened and who took the ball into touch. There is a review on a tackle but nothing comes of it.
24.00: The Hurricanes win the line out and kick upfield. They press the Highlanders back and then concede penalty. Fletcher Smith of the Highlanders will have a shot at goal.
25.00: Smith slots the penalty and the Highlanders are on the board.
27.00: The Highlanders win a scrum just inside their 22 and clear the ball into touch 10m out from half way.
30.00: The Highlanders press the Hurricanes back into their 22 and set up a scrum about 5m out.
31.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and Matt Faddess gets the ball on an inside pass from Aaron Smith and slices through to score. TRY!
32.00: Fletcher Smith takes the conversion kick but misses it. Highlanders lead.
34.00: The Hurricanes look to hit back. They work the ball through 9 phases and they get into the Highlanders 22. Ngani Laumape gets the ball from a wide Jordie Barrett kick and dives over to score. TRY!
36.00: Beauden Barrett misses the conversion. Hurricanes lead again.
38.00: The Highlanders get into space and Aaron Smith gets to five meters out. He jinks his way to the line and goes over but knocks on in the tackle. 5m Hurricanes scrum.
39.00: The Huricanes win the scrum and clear the ball upfield. It does however go straight to the Highlanders who run the ball through several phases. Ben Smith kicks for touch. The siren sounds.
40.00: The Highlanders knock on at the the line out and the ball goes into touch.
The half time score was Hurricanes 10 Highlanders 8
Barrett kicks off and the second half is underway.
After a line out, Beauden Barrett kicks across field, the ball goes to Jordie Barrett who slips a pass behind him to Matt Proctor who scores. TRY!
41.00: B.Barrett slots the conversion.
43.00: TJ Perenara connects high with Fletcher Smith who goes down and the medics rush in. After the review Perenara gets a yellow card.
44.00: The Highlanders take the line out option. They win the line out, spread the ball across the face of the posts. Faddes goes for the line but is short. Elliot Dixon goes again and scores. TRY!
46.00: Marty Banks adds the conversion.
48.00: The Hurricanes win their scrum and Banks clears the ball upfield. The ball is then lost forward by the Hurricanes.
50.00: Wow, the Hurricanes win their scrum and get the ball to Ngani Laumape who races for the line, steamrollers Ben Smith and crashes over to score. Classy TRY! This is also while the Hurricanes are down a man.
51.00: Barrett misses the conversion.
54.00: TJ Perenara returns to the field from the sin bin.
57.00: Matt Proctor off for a concussion check. Wes Goosen comes on to the wing and Vince Aso moves to the midfield.
58.00: The Hurricanes set up the maul. They drive towards the line but a Highlanders player gets the ball and disrupts. Matt Proctor will stay off.
60.00: The Highlanders go to the bench. Dixon and a couple more come off.
61.00: The Hurricanes show some handling skills as they pass the ball down to the wing where Julian Savea gets the ball and runs down the sideline to score. TRY!
63.00: Jordie Barrett takes the conversion kick but hits the post. No conversion.
65.00: The Hurricanes chase a deep kick and Dane Coles gets a tackle in which causes the Highlanders to knock on. The Hurricanes have an attacking scrum about 30m out.
68.00: The Hurricanes are pulling away now as they move the ball around. This time Ardie Savea sets up Vince Aso who slips through to score. TRY!
69.00: The conversion is added by Jordie Barrett. Dane Coles limps off – cramp maybe.
71.00: The Hurricanes try to move the ball around again but knock on.
74.00: The Hurricanes win a scrum and run the ball into the HIghlanders 22. They kick wide but the ball gets to Richard Buckman who starts the Highlanders attack.
74.00: the Highlanders go through two phases and then knock on.
77.00: The Highlanders come close to scoring but the Hurricanes turn the ball over and look even more dangerous as they work the ball to the other end of the field. The TMO is called in for foul play. Tevita Li is shown a yellow for a no arms tackle.
79.00: The Hurricanes use the numbers and they kick a grubber through and Vince Aso goes over for his second TRY!
The conversion is added by J Barrett.
80.00: The siren sounds and then the whistle goes. The Hurricanes have won.
The full time score is Hurricanes 41 (10) Highlanders 15 (8)
Tries – A.Savea, N.Laumape 2, M.Proctor, J.Savea, V Aso 2
Con – B.Barett, J.Barrett 2
Cards – TJ Perenara (43rd min yellow)
Tries – M.Faddes, E.Dixon
Pen – F.Smith
Con – M.Banks
Cards – T.Li (78th min yellow)
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2: Richard Kelly
TMO : Shane McDermott
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso , 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (vc), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Chris Eves
Replacements : Ricky Riccitelli, Ben May, Mike Kainga, Sam Lousi, Reed Prinsep, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Otere Black, Wes Goosen.
Daniel Lienert-Brown , Liam Coltman , Siate Tokolahi , Joe Wheeler , Tom Franklin , Elliot Dixon , Dillon Hunt , Luke Whitelock , Aaron Smith , Fletcher Smith , Tevita Li , Rob Thompson , Malakai Fekitoa , Richard Buckman , Ben Smith ( c )
Replacements : Sekonia Pole , Aki Seiuli , Guy Millar , Jackson Hemopo , Gareth Evans , Kayne Hammington , Marty Banks , Matt Faddes