Highlanders lose by a point


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This game is a shining example of how there is always something worth playing for in the Super 14 tournament.

These two teams no longer have their Super 14 destinies in their own hands. Their possible participation is depended on other results going their way – although it also requires them to continue winning.

However, what is interesting in this game is that they are playing to avoid being the worst New Zealand team in the tournament, a fact that has not slipped by the two teams unnoticed.

It means they are playing for pride as much as anything else.

“It’s more important than anything else now,” Hurricanes squad member Luke Andrews said this week.

“It’s always a good challenge to beat the other New Zealand teams and nobody wants to finish last, we basically want to finish with good memories of the Hurricanes.”

Highlanders captain Josh Blackie also spoke of “pride” when he was asked to assess the game.

“Both teams will be out to finish in the top six of the competition, there’s a lot of pride at stake,” said Blackie


Match detail


Piri Weepu got the first points of the match as the Hurricanes are given a penalty.


Jason Eaton gets tackled and badly twists his knee in the tackle. He is replaced by Serge Lilo as Jimmy Gopperth takes a penalty but misses.


As the Hurricanes attack referee Bryce Lawrence sends Tana Umaga to the bin for playing the ball on the ground and not releasing it.


Nick Evans takes the penalty but hits the posts.


The Highlanders are then awarded a penalty and Piri Weepu again slots it.


Tana Umaga comes back on as the Highlanders extra man advantage ends. While he was off they did not score any points.


The Highlanders again give a penalty away and this time Nick Evans slots it.


The Hurricanes are awaded another penalty and Piri Weepu makes it three from three.


Nick Evans looks to have scored as he is tackled and places the ball against the posts. We go upstairs and the tv ref says it is a try.


The try scorer then converts his own try.


Thre minutes later Jimmy Gopperth, who has been watching rugby from the sidelines for the last three weeks after some poor form, kicks the ball football style all the way to the line and scores the Hurricanes first try.


Weepu misses the conversion.


The Hurricanes are again given a penalty and again Weepu slots it.


Just ahead of the half time whistle Nick Evans slots a penalty for the Highlanders.


Half time Score was Hurricanes 17 Highlanders 13


Hosea Gear got the first points and try of the second half as he broke free from a Highlanders tackle. Piri Weepu misses the conversion.


Tana Umaga is subbed for Ma’a Nonu.


The Highlanders are given another penalty and Nick Evans is succesful with his kick closing the gap a little for the visitors.


Gopperth puts in a great kick upfield and the Hurricanes attack and Ma’a Nonu fumbles the ball.


After a good spell for the Highlanders where they put several phases together, Nick Evans breaks and then passes to Toby Morland who scores the try.


Nick Evans misses the conversion. Had it gone over the Hurricanes would have lost.


Report to follow


Full time Score is Hurricanes 22 Highlanders 21





Tries – Gopperth, Gear
Penalties – Weepu (4)

Cards – Yellow (Umaga)



Tries – Nick Evans,Toby Morland
Penalties – Evans (3)

Conversions – Nick Evans




Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Tana Umaga, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Shannon Paku, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo (c), 7 Chris Masoe, 6 Jason Eaton, 5 Bernie Upton, 4 Paul Tito, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Tone Kopelani, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Bradley Mika, 19 Serge Lilo, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 David Smith, 22 Ma’a Nonu.

Highlanders: 15 James Wilson, 14 Lucky Mulipola, 13 Jason Kawau, 12 Charlie Hore, 11 Viliame Waqaseduadua, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Craig Newby, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Josh Blackie (c), 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Filipo Levi, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Anton Oliver, 1 Clarke Dermody.
Replacements: 16 Jason Macdonald, 17 Chris King, 18 Hoani Macdonald, 19 Ezra Taylor, 20 Toby Morland, 21 Callum Bruce, 22 Matthew Saunders

Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Gary Wise (New Zealand)
Television match official: Josh Noonan (New Zealand)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel

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