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The Highlanders put in one of their best performances of the year beating the Brumbies at home in front of 19023 fans and broke the Brumbies unbeaten run at home in 2006.


The Brumbies will pick up a point for finishing within 7 points and remain in contention for the Semis but the loss has opened up the table again for the Semi-final places.


The Sharks who at the time of writing have a game in hand have now been brought into contention. The Bulls have also been given a lifeline.


The match was an entertainer. The Brumbies got the first try of the night and this seemed to spark the Highlanders into action as they scored two quick tries.


The Brumbies only managed to score two tries, both in the first half, one by Fairbanks and the second by Giteau as he was almost carried over the line by two of his forwards.


The Highlanders who were playing for pride matched the Brumbies man for man and tehir forwards worked hard to keep possesion preventing the Brumbies from attacking. It was the Highlanders forwards who scored the tries and Ben Blairs kicking kept the pressure on.


George Gregan opened the scoring in the second half with a surprise drop goal and then had a moment of madness Spear tackling Richard Kahui and earning him 10 minutes in the sin bin.


While Gregan as in the sin bin Mortlock managed to put the Brumbies in front with a penalty at 20-17.


Almost as Gregan came back on Jimmy Cowan was next in the sin bin and while he was in the bin the Highlanders managed to add some points when their forwards drove for the line and Carl Hayman managed to get his second try of the night. Ben Blair’s conversion put the Highlanders back in the lead.


Both sides traded penalties in the last quarter but a late pressure penalty from Ben Blair sealed the Highlanders win.


After the game Mortlock admitted that the quick two tries from the Highlanders in the first half did have a negative effect on his team and some of the players let their heads go down.


Final score – Brumbies 26 Highlanders 28


Scorers


Brumbies


Tries – Fairbanks, Giteau – Conversions Mortlock 2, Penalties – Mortlock 3 – Drop goals, Gregan


Highlanders


Tries – Hayman 2, Newby, Conversions – Blair 2, Penalties, Blair 3

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