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Highlanders beat Kings in Port Elizabeth

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The final Super Rugby match in South Africa on Saturday is in Port Elizabeth where the Southern Kings host the Highlanders.

Match detail

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Limo Sopoaga kicks off and the match is underway.

2.00: The Highlanders make a strong start to the match by running the ball into the Kings 22 before they knock on.

3.00: The Kings win the scrum and run the ball into the Highlanders half.

4.00: A Highlanders player needs some help from the medics which holds up the match.

6.00: Penalty against Mark Reddish of the Highlanders. Elgar Watts will kick for posts. He takes the shot but he misses.

7.00:  CJ Velleman is helped from the field injured after taking an accidental knock from a team-mate.

11.00: The Highlanders win a penalty so Sopoaga kicks for touch and sets up a line out in Kings territory.

12.00: The Highlanders go long and get an advantage for a high tackle. They get called back for the penalty. Sopoaga will have a shot at posts.

14.00: Sopoaga takes the kick and nails it. The Highlanders lead.

15.00: The Kings go through 10 phases on attack in the Highlanders half. They continue the attack – 14 phases and into the 22 on the 15th phase.

17.00: 17 phases for the Kings. The Highlanders turn the ball over and kick upfield. The double whistle goes as the TMO is called in to look at some foul play. Shane Gates lifts and turns a Highlanders player so he is yellow carded. The Highlanders kick for touch.

19.00: The Highlanders attack in the Kings half and Matt Faddes chips the ball ahead but it is charged down by Watts and goes into touch.

21.00: The Highlanders win the line out and work the ball gradually into the Kings 22.

22.00: The Highlanders go through 12 phases and get to the Kings 5m line. 18 phases and Faddes spots a gap and takes it and scores. TRY!

23.00: Sopoaga adds the conversion.

26.00: Penalty to the Kings. Watts takes the shot and nails it. Gates comes back on.

29.00: The Highlanders break out and attack the Kings in their half. They look dangerous but the ball is knocked into touch. The Kings win the line out and kick the ball into touch – however the ball does not find touch and the Highlanders counter attack.

30.00: The Kings turn the ball over and go through the phases before it goes into touch.

31.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Sopoaga kicks for touch and the line out. The Highlanders win the line out and chip kick ahead but Jaer makes the mark.

32.00: The Highlanders attack down the wing but the pass goes to ground.

37.00: The Kings go through 12 phases on attack. They get to 2m away from the line, they go wide and Wandile Mjekevu slips through and scores. TRY!

38.00: Watts misses the conversion.

40.00: The siren sounds as the ball is kicked off. The ball is taken into touch and its half time.

The half time score was Kings 8 Highlanders 10

Shane Christie left the field for the Highlanders at half time and has been replaced by Dan Pryor.

The Kings kick off and the second half is underway.

44.00: The Highlanders press the Kings back behind their line and Watts has to clear the ball into touch giving the Highlanders a 5 m line out.

45.00: The Highlanders win the line out and pass the ball down the line. They have the advantage but they don’t need it as Faddes slips through and scores. TRY!

46.00: Sopoaga misses the conversion.

48.00: Watts has been replaced by Louis Fouche.

52.00 : The Kings get trapped behind their line as they try to run the ball out. Lukhanyo Am breaks a tackle and gets them out and gets them about 15m away from their tryline. Liam Squire comes on for the Highlanders replacing Luke Whitelock.

53.00: Penalty to the Highlanders – Sopoaga sets up the 5m line out.

54.00: The Highlanders win the line out and Dan Pryor puts the ball down on the line after a maul. TRY!

55.00: Sopoaga misses the conversion.

57.00; Penalty to the Kings. Fouche slots it.

59.00: The Highlanders set up a maul in the Kings 22. They chip the ball through but Ntando Kebe gets to the ball first and dots it down.

62.00: The Kings win the ball from the 22 drop out. They work the ball through the hands and get to the corner. Initially they are short but they recycle and Steven Sykes goes over and scores. TRY!

63.00: Fouche takes the conversion kick and nails it. Kings trail by 2.

65.00: The Kings charge down a Highlanders kick. The ball is chased and Patrick Osborne gets to the ball and saves a Kings try.

68.00: The Highlanders break out from near the half way line. They stretch the Kings defence and Jack Wilson goes over in the corner. TRY!

69.00: Sopoaga adds the conversion.

73.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. They kick to the corner. The Highlanders win the line out but knock on.

75.00: Sopoaga kicks across the field for Patrick Osborne who chases and grabs the ball and scores. TRY – bonus point try.

76.00: Sopoaga adds the conversion.

78.00: Matt Faddes slices through the Kings defence and races away to score his hat trick TRY!

79.00: Sopoaga nails the conversion.

80.00: The siren sounds but the Highlanders are still on the attack and Aki Seiuli  goes over to score. TRY .

81.00: Fletcher Smith adds the conversion.

The full time score is Kings 18 (8) Highlanders 48 (10)


Tries – W.Mjekevu, S.Sykes
Pen -E.Watts. L.Fouche
Con – L.Fouche
Drop –
Cards – S.Gates (16th min yellow)

Tries – M.Faddes 3, D.Pryor, J.Wilson, P.Osborne, A.Seiuli
Pen – L.Sopoaga
Con – L.Sopoaga 2. F.Smith
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


Southern Kings

15. Malcolm Jaer , 14. Lukhanyo Am , 13. Stefan Watermeyer , 12. Shane Gates (VC) , 11. Wandile Mjekevu , 10. Elgar Watts , 09. Ntando Kebe , 08. Aidon Davis , 07. Stefan Willemse , 06. CJ Velleman , 05. JC Astle , 04. Steven Sykes (C) , 03. Tom Botha , 02. Edgar Marutlulle , 01. Schalk Ferreira

Replacements : 16. Martin Bezuidenhout , 17. Sti Sithole , 18. Justin Ackerman , 19. Schalk Oelofse , 20. Jacques Engelbrecht , 21. Kevin Luiters , 22. Louis Fouche , 23. Luzuko Vulindlu


1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Mark Reddish , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Gareth Evans , 7. Shane Christie (C) , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Te Aihe Toma , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Ryan Tongia , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Jason Emery , 14. Jack Wilson , 15. Matt Faddes

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Siosuia Halanukonuka , 19. Liam Squire , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Jamie Booth , 22. Fletcher Smith , 23. Patrick Osborne

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