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Chiefs beat Highlanders in Dunedin

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Article Published: Friday 29 June 2012|

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The Highlanders won the last match between them and the Chiefs but in the last five matches between the teams the Chiefs have won three out of the five.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off.
 
0.00: Chris Noakes gets proceedings under way as he kicks off for the home side.
 
2.00: The Highlanders gain momentum early on as they string together phases inside the visitors' 22. The Chiefs affect a turnover, however, and are able to run the length of the field with Tim Nanai Williams dotting down for the opening try of the game.
 
3.00: Aaron Cruden converts the try.
 
6.00: The Chiefs gain momentum off the back of a defensive lineout inside their own 22. They are penalised at the breakdown, however, and Noakes will line up a kick at goal.
 
8.00: Noakes slots the kick, reducing the deficit.
 
10.00: The Chiefs feed an attacking scrum inside the opposition 22. Jamie Mackintosh is penalised for not binding and Cruden will have a kick at posts from 20m out.
 
11.00: Cruden slots the kick, extending the Chiefs' lead in Dunedin.
 
13.00: The Highlanders work their way into the opposition 22 off the back of the restart. Aaron Smith puts in a cross kick into the corner but Hosea Gear is unable to gather and the ball rolls into touch.
 
14.00: The Chiefs are penalised at scrum time and the Highlanders opt to kick for the corner instead of lining up a shot at goal.
 
15.00: The home side are camped on the Chiefs' line. They concede a penalty at the breakdown, however, and Cruden clears to relieve the pressure.
 
17.00: Gear makes a strong break up the centre of the field for the Highlanders. The home side string together phases and are able to generate quick ball as they rumble towards the line.
 
18.00: Mahonri Schwalger is penalised at the breakdown and Noakes will line up a kick at posts from 10m out.
 
19.00: Noakes slots the kick.
 
21.00: The Highlanders are penalised at ruck time near half way. Cruden kicks for touch.
 
23.00: The visitors get within 5m of the try line after a solid offload by Sonny Bill Williams. Gear makes a try-saving tackle, however, and the ball rolls into touch.
 
26.00: Gear makes another break for the Highlanders, who work their way up inside the opposition 22. They opt to kick into space but Robbie Robinson claims the ball and calls the mark.
 
29.00: Kane Thompson is penalised for a high tackle and Noakes will have a kick at posts from 30m out.
 
30.00: Noakes' kick sails over, reducing the deficit.
 
33.00: The Chiefs work their way up inside the opposition 22 but they are unable to hold onto the ball and the Highlanders feed a scrum.
 
36.00: The Chiefs gain momentum off the back of a scrum on half way. Cruden kicks down field but the Highlanders gather and begin to string together phases.
 
37.00: Robbie Robinson breaks for the visitors and is able to cross over for their second try of the night.
 
38.00: Cruden is unable to convert the try.
 
40.00: The Highlanders feed an attacking scrum as the half time hooter sounds. They work through several phases but the Chiefs affect a steal and the home team concede a penalty at the breakdown. Cruden will line up a kick at goal from 20m out.
 
41.00: Cruden slots the kick as the teams head into the tunnel.
 
The half time score was Highlanders 9 Chiefs 18.
 
40.00: Robbie Robinson gets the second half underway as he kicks off for the visitors.
 
41.00: The Highlanders are penalised at the breakdown and Cruden will line up a kick at goal.
 
42.00: Cruden slots the kick, extending the Chiefs' lead.
 
43.00: The visitors are pinged at the breakdown and Noakes will line up a kick at posts.
 
44.00: Noakes' kick drifts wide.
 
45.00: Following a Sonny Bill Williams shoulder charge, a large brawl breaks out on the field. The referees decide that a Highlanders penalty is sufficient punishment.
 
46.00: The Highlanders are able to get over the line and the TMO rules that Andrew Hore has scored the try.
 
47.00: Noakes is unable to convert the try.
 
49.00: The Highlanders are pinged for early engagement at a scrum inside the opposition 22. The Chiefs call for another feed and the home team are penalised for collapsing the scrum. Cruden will have a kick at goal.
 
50.00: Cruden's kick drifts wide.
 
51.00: Robinson shows his blinding pace as he breaks for the Chiefs. He opts to kick into space and chases, getting the visitors within 10m of the line.
 
56.00: The Chiefs gain momentum as they work their way up inside the Highlanders' 22. They are penalised for not rolling away, however, and the home team kick for touch to get out of jail.
 
59.00: The Highlanders are able to generate quick ball as they work through phases inside the Chiefs' 22. The visitors' defence remains impenetrable, however, as the Chiefs continue to push the Highlanders back.
 
61.00: The Chiefs get within 5m of the line after working through quick phases inside opposition territory. They drive their way over the line but the TMO rules that the footage is inconclusive and the try is not awarded.
 
63.00: The Highlanders are penalised at scrum time. Cruden prepares for a shot at goal.
 
64.00: Cruden's kick is on target, extending the visitors' lead.
 
67.00: The Chiefs look to gain momentum off the back of a lineout in the Highlanders' half. The home team are penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown and Cruden will have a kick at posts.
 
68.00: Cruden bangs over the kick.
 
72.00: The Chiefs are penalised inside opposition territory and the Highlanders opt to take it quickly. They work through several phases before the Chiefs are penalised for interfering with the home side's halfback. They kick for touch.
 
74.00: Hosea Gear crosses over for the Highlanders' second try following a passage of sustained pressure on the Chiefs' line.
 
75.00: Delany slots the conversion.
 
77.00: The Chiefs win a penalty at the breakdown inside their own half. Cruden clears.
 
82.00: The hooter sounds as the Highlanders string together over fifteen phases. The visitors affect a steal and Brendon Leonard hoofs the ball into touch.
 
The final score is Highlanders 21 (9) Chiefs 27 (18).

Scorers

Highlanders
Tries - A. Hore, H. Gear
Pen - C. Noakes 3
Con - M. Delany
Drop -
Cards -

Chiefs
Tries - T. Nanai Williams, R. Robinson
Pen - A. Cruden 5
Con - A. Cruden
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee:
Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1: Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 2: Kane McBride
TMO: Nick Briant

Teams

Highlanders

1. Jamie Mackintosh (c), 2. Jason Rutledge, 3. Ma'afu Fia, 4. Jarrad Hoeata, 5. Nick Crosswell, 6. Adam Thomson, 7. Tim Boys, 8. Nasi Manu, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Chris Noakes, 11. Hosea Gear, 12. Phil Burleigh, 13. Tamati Ellison, 14. Kade Poki, 15. Ben Smith.

Replacements: 16. Andrew Hore, 17. Chris King, 18. Josh Bekhuis, 19. James Haskell, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Mike Delany, 22. Buxton Popoali'i.

Chiefs

1. Toby Smith, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 4. Craig Clarke (c), 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Liam Messam, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 8. Kane Thompson, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Willison Jackson, 14. Tim Nanai-Williams, 15. Robbie Robinson.

Replacements: 16. Hika Elliot, 17. Sona Taumalolo, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Brendon Leonard, 21. Andrew Horrell, 22. Lelia Masaga.

 
 
 
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