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Highlanders lose in try fest

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Preview

 

This could be brutal. It is two of the most physical teams in the tournament – yes, even when compared with the Bulls. It is also an all-New Zealand derby, which means it is a no-holds-barred encounter.

What adds spice to this encounter is the fact that both teams are still in with a chance of reaching the play-offs.

Match data

 

After 8 minutes there had been no score but Highlanders lost James Ryan who was stretchered off with a knee injury. Nick Evans then had a shot at goal for a penalty but hit the posts. 

 

The Chiefs then had a short spell where they kept the ball in hand and came up with a  Niva Ta’auso try. Stephen Donald then converted the try.

 

As we learn that James Ryan left the field with a medial ligaments problem Lelia Masaga of the Highlanders flies down the wing to score the Highlanders first try. Nick Evans gets a lovely conversion in from the corner flag.

 

Much to the delight of the attending fans Anton Oliver scored the next try for the Highlanders. This time Nick Evans slices the conversion across the face of the posts.

 

Sitiveni Sivivatu scored the next try from a Roy Kinikinilau break down the middle of the field. As the conversion is taken from almost under the posts Stephen Donald gets this one as well and puts the Chiefs into the lead.

 

After 30 minutes of game time the Chiefs gets the first successful penalty kick of the match.

 

Nick Evans was next to slot a penalty and this brought the Highlanders to within two again.

 

Half time Score was Highlanders 15 Chiefs 17

 

At half time the Highlanders suffered a double blow when they lost Craig Newby and Jimmy Cowan.

 

The Chiefs created the overlap and Lelia Masaga scored the next try. Stephen Donald then converted the try.

 

The Highlanders fired straight back with a chip ahead and Viliame Waqaseduadua scored the next try keeping the Highlanders in contention. Nick Evans converted to put the Highlanders just two points behind.

 

Sitiveni Sivivatu smahed through the Highlanders defence as it looked like he was in a game of sevens scoring the Chiefs bonus point try. Stephen Donald converted again.

 

Matthew Saunders got the ball on about the Highlanders 25 line and ran the rest of the field to score the Highlanders bonus point try. The try was not converted which could be crucial for the Highlanders later in the match.

 

Toby Morland scores the next try for the Highlanders who take the lead. Charlie Hore makes the conversion.

 

Lelia Masaga puts the Chiefs back into the lead with his second try of the day. Stephen Donald converts.

 

Report to follow.

 

Full time score Highlanders 34 Chiefs 38

 

Highlanders

Tries:  Lelia Masaga,Anton Oliver,Viliame Waqaseduadua, Matthew Saunders,Toby Morland
Penalty: Nick Evans
Conversion: Nick Evans (2),Charlie Hore

 

Chiefs

Tries:   Niva Ta’auso,Sitiveni Sivivatu (2),Lelia Masaga(2)
Penalty: Stephen Donald
Conversion: Stephen Donald (5)


Teams:

Highlanders: 15 James Wilson, 14 Lucky Mulipola, 13 Matthew Saunders, 12 Aaron Bancroft, 11 Viliame Waqaseduadua, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Ezra Taylor, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Craig Newby (c), 5 James Ryan, 4 Hoani MacDonald, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Anton Oliver, 1 Clarke Dermody.
Replacements: 16 Jason Macdonald, 17 Chris King, 18 Kane Thompson, 19 Hale T-Pole, 20 Toby Morland, 21 Charlie Hore, 22 Callum Bruce

Chiefs: 15 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Niva Ta’auso, 11 Roy Kinikinilau, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Byron Kelleher, 8 Sione Lauaki/Liam Messam, 7 Marty Holah, 6 Steven Bates, 5 Keith Robinson, 4 Kristian Ormsby, 3 Nathan White, 2 Tom Willis (c), 1 Simms Davison
Replacements: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 Ben Castle, 18 Jono Gibbes, 19 Liam Messam/Tanerau Latimer, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Murray Williams, 22 Dwayne Sweeney.

Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Gary Wise (New Zealand), Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Television match official: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel (New Zealand), Brian Kinsey (Australia)

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