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Super Rugby | Dunedin
06:35 (GMT) | 27-02-2015
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Join us at 10.30 GMT for the next game where the Force take on the Hurricanes in Perth
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The siren goes as the Reds look to launch an attack from inside their 22. The ball goes into touch and that's FULLTIME! Highlanders pick up their first win of the season
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O'Connor slots the kick to bring the Reds 7 points from the Highlanders
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Reds look to score late. PENALTY! Reds get the penalty on the Highlanders 10 metre line and O'Connor will have a shot at goal
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Parker extends the Highlanders' lead to 10 points.
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PENALTY! Reds are caught off their feet at the breakdown and the Highlanders opt to have a shot at goal
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Reds under all sorts of pressure inside their 22 now. Genia boots it out of their 22 and the Highlanders have a line-out
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The Highlanders are enjoying themselves at the moment. In possession with a line-out on the Reds' 22
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Reds seem to be their own worst enemies as they can't seem to retain the ball long enough to launch a meaningful attack
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Parker fails to add the extra points
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Into the 22 the Highlanders go! TRY!!! Naholo gets over ion the corner as he buldozers his way through 2 tacklers! Amazing finish!
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Highlanders seem to be dominating territory and possession at the moment as they have another scrum on the Reds 20 metre line
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The Highlanders attack is thwarted by a forward pass. Scrum to the Reds on their 10 metre line
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Reds in possession just inside Highlanders 22. TURNOVER! The Highlanders steal it in the breakdown and they have made their way to the Reds 10 metre mark
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It's turn into a kicking battle but Genia's final kick is too long and rolls over the dead-ball line. Scrum to the Highlanders on the Reds' 10
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No problem for him as the Highlanders regains the lead
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Here come the Highlanders. Into the Reds 22 they go. Great hands by the backline to get them to the 5 metre line. PENALTY! Reds concede a penalty a few metres from their tryline. Banks will have a shot at goal
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O'Connor makes no mistake with the conversion to hand the Reds the lead
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TRY! Schatz breaks away from the back of the scrum and has an easy run-in over the line!
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Genia makes a sniping break and gets over the tryline! Smith makes a brilliant tackle to deny is opposite number a try! Exceptional defence!
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Into the 22 they go as the ball is flung between the backline
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Reds in possession with a line-out in Highlanders territory
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Early shove from the Highlanders and the Reds have a free-kick. Turner opts to kick it into touch. Huge kick from Turner as it goes into touch on the Highlanders 10 metre line
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The rolling maul is set but comes up 2 metres short! SCRUM! Excellent defence by the Reds forces the turnover. They will have a defensive scrum on their 5 metre line
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PENALTY! Highlanders make their intentions clear as they go in search of a try! Penalty on the Reds 5 metre line and they opt for a line-out
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KICK-OFF! The secondhalf is underway!

Half Time

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No more points added! That's HALFTIME!
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The Highlanders knock it on from the line-out while setting up the maul. The Reds have a scrum on their own 22. The Highlanders steal possession after putting pressure and they make their way into the Reds 22. a grubber from Smith is dotted down by Genia over the try line after Waisake Naholo nearly gets it. 22 Drop out for the Reds.
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The Highlanders have possession in the midfield on halfway and it is nearly intercepted by Gill. the home team has a scrum on halfway and they get a penalty after a scrum collapse. Banks finds touch on the Reds 22
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And the Highlanders get another penalty after a good break by Fekitoa into the Reds 22. Banks lines up the kick from an angle but he misses it and it stays 9-3
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The Reds lose possession from the line-out and they have to start again from their own half. and they Highlanders now have a line-out near the Reds 22 after a kick goes out on the full from O'Connor
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From the scrum they get the free-kick and the Reds call for another scrum. This time they get a penalty after Ross Geldenhuys collapses. Reds have attacking line-out in the Highlanders half
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The Reds are now under pressure in their own 22, before Genia relieves the pressure and the Highlanders have a line-out on the visitors 10 metre line. They lose possession however as they couldn't use the ball from the maul. Scrum to the Reds.
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The Highlanders get another penalty on the Reds' 10 metre line after a Reds player was holding on. Banks lines up a kick again and he gets the PENALTY over. 9-3 to the Highlanders
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The Highlanders decide to run with the ball in their own half before Banks sends akick down field. They get a penalty on halfway with Anthony Fainga'a offside at the ruck and Banks decides to go for the kick. He gets the PENALTY over and it is 6-3
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Banks kicks down field and Chris Feauai-Sautia makes ground towards the Highlanders 22 and the Reds get the penalty with a Highlanders player playing the ball on the ground. But O"Connor misses an easy kick and it stays 3-3
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A good kick from Aaron Smiths sends the Reds back into their own 22 for a line-out. They setup a maul before Genia breaks down the blindside before giving the ball to Chris Feauai-Sautia. The ball is spread to Kuiridrani in the Highlanders 22 before it is lost forward five metres from the try-line
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Reds get a penalty from the restart with the Highlanders offside from the ruck. Reds with an attacking line-out deep in the Highlanders half make their way into the 22 with a good run from Saia Fainga'a, but they give away the penalty and the Highlanders will have a line-out on halfway
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Reds get the penalty at the scrum and O'Connor points to the polls for an easy kick. He gets the PENALTY over and it is 3-3
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The Reds get possession back with Kotze brought down just five metres from the five metre line Kerevi knocks on as they go wide. Highlanders have a scrum in their own 22.
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O'Connor finds touch just inside his team;s half of the field. From the line-out they up the midfield with O'Connor breaking and sprints towards the Highlanders 22 before it is turned over and the Highlanders relieve the pressure
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Highlanders continue their strong start as Osborne gets the ball and kicks in the Reds 22. O'Connor returns the kick and the Highlanders run it back with Emery making his way in the Reds' 22. But the Reds get the penalty
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Marty Banks gets the PENALTY over and the Highlanders lead 3-0
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O'Connor sends a high ball in the Highlanders half and the home team gets a penalty. Aaron Smith takes it quickly as they make their way in the Reds' half and they get penalty.
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Reds' flyhalf James O'Connor gets the game under way!
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The last time the Highlanders won this fixture was back in 2009 in Invercargill.
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The Reds' current four-match winning streak against the Highlanders is their best run of form in the history of this fixture.
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Preview: S15 Round Three, Part One

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:08

It may be early days yet, just two rounds played, but already some interesting trends are beginning to develop Super Rugby 2015.

It may be early days yet, just two rounds played, but already some interesting trends are beginning to develop in the last addition of a 15-team Super Rugby tournament.

Some teams have had more problems off the field than on it, while others are in supreme form.

The weekend's Round Three action kicks off in Dunedin on Friday - between two teams with plenty of off-field drama - the reds caught up in the Karmichael Hunt cocaine saga and the Highlanders battling illness and personal problems.

After that it is a quick hop across the Tasman Sea and then a flight across Australia to Perth - where the Western Force will look to bounce back from last week's disappointing loss when they face the unbeaten Hurricanes.

The Friday action is concluded with a trip across the Indian Ocean, where the Cheetahs - having had a bye in Round Two after a win in the opening week - host a Blues team with all kinds of disciplinary issues.

We look at Friday's matches!

Friday, February 27

Highlanders v Reds
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT; 16.35 AEST)

The Reds' off-field problems are far more serious than that of the Highlanders, but neither team would have wanted the build-up they experienced this week.

In Brisbane the fall-out of the Karmichael Hunt cocaine sage continued to cause shockwaves - with media briefings continued to be dominated about the code-hopper, despite Hunt having been put on ice.

The Highlanders, after their bitterly disappointing loss to the Crusaders last week, have been unable to get a proper training session in all week.

Top of the list of absentees is prop Kane Hames, who was slapped with a five-week ban for foul play.

Co-captain Nasi Manu picked up a bout of food poisoning, flyhalf Lima Sopoaga returned home to Wellington to be with his ill father and prop Ross Geldenhuys welcomed a second boy into his family on Tuesday.

While Manu has been short-listed to play, but Sopoaga has been ruled out - along with flank Shane Christie (hamstring) and midfield back Shaun Treeby (knee), who both missed last week's outing with injuries.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph said his team was well off the expected standards against the Crusaders and will have to raise the bar considerably.

Joseph was also brutally honest about Hames' ban.

''Clearly Kane was in the wrong,"he told the Otago Daily Times.

"He hit a player, and you can't do that in footy. Five weeks might sound severe but I guess that is the lesson we have to learn.

''We really need a player like that. He was one of our best players last year but when things like that happen, the whole team suffers.''

However, Joseph's problems pale in comparison with the media circus that followed Reds mentor Richard Graham this week.

Hunt has not trained with the team and won't play till his court appearance next month.

Graham said it was in "the best interests of Hunt's welfare" that he was not involved around the Reds squad until he appeared in court.

The reds coach said last weekend's win over the Force was a positive one, but they had shifted focus to the Highlanders almost immediately.

"Whilst last week's win was hugely important, this week is a new challenge and we have been heavily focused on ensuring we get the mindset right," Graham said.

"We are chasing small improvements in our performances every week and the only way you'll achieve that is by starting the process over at the beginning of each week.

"Leading into a game we have control over our attitude and preparation."

Recent results:
2014: Reds won 38-31, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 34-33, Dunedin
2012: Reds won 19-13, Brisbane
2010: Reds won 38-36, Brisbane
2009: Highlanders won 24-19, Ivercargill
2008: Reds won 22-16, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds' current four-match winning streak against the Highlanders is their best run of form in the history of this fixture. The last six clashes between these sides have all been settled by seven or fewer points. The Reds have managed a better line-out success rate (97 percent) than any other side so far this season, landing 30 of 31 throws. They have also managed the most steals (six). The Highlanders are one of two sides (along with the Bulls) to see their opponents win all of their scrum feeds so far (20/20). The Reds sit bottom of the charts for all the main attacking attributes after two rounds; carries, metres, clean breaks, defenders beaten and offloads. Encounters between these two teams are never short of drama, which makes it tough to call. However, we feel the Highlanders may end their losing streak against the Reds and win by less than 10 points.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jason Emery, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Kurt Baker.

Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Marco Kotze, 4 Dave McDuling, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacments: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Tom Murday, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Western Force v Hurricanes
(nib Stadium, Perth - Kick-off: 19.00; 11.00 GMT; 00.00 Saturday, February 28 NZ Time)

The Hurricanes, fresh from a rare clean sweep on a South African tour, are determined continue their unbeaten start to the 2015 Super Rugby season when they play the Western Force in Perth on Friday.

The Western Force, after an impressive start with a win over the Waratahs in Sydney, flopped spectacularly against the reds in Brisbane last week.

They appear to have returned to their most erratic form. It is unsure how much the one-off-on-again build-up - the result of a tropical in Brisbane - impacted on the Perth players.

Commitment and composure under pressure  characterised the Hurricanes' two opening wins of the season - over the Lions and the Bulls.

They will look to replicate that in the final match of their road trip.

The Hurricanes could expect another torrid battle against the Force, who aren't flashy, but will tough it out for 80 minutes and attempt to wear down their opposition.

The Force are still without regular captain and flank Matt Hodgson, last year's leading Super Rugby tackler, who suffered a pre-season hamstring injury. In his absence, No.8 Ben McCalman is a superb close-quarter tradesman and his contest with his Hurricanes opposites should be a key feature of this match.

The battle for set-piece possession will likely go a long way to determining the outcome.

The Hurricanes' scrum went well against the traditionally strong Bulls pack last week, so they will be looking to continue to their early season ascendancy in this area.

The Hurricanes have their bye after this match, so another positive performance will put them in good stead ahead of their first home encounter against the Blues in Palmerston North on March 13.

Recent results:
2013: Hurricanes won 22-16, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 46-19, Perth
2011: Hurricanes won 34-28, Palmerston North
2010: Hurricanes won 47-22, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 28-27, Perth
2008: Hurricanes won 21-10, Wellington

Prediction: The 'Canes have won the last six matches between these teams who last met in 2013. In two of their last five wins over the Western Australia side, the Hurricanes have come from behind at half-time to triumph. The Force's line-out (69 percent) and scrum (59 percent) success rates are the lowest in the competition after two rounds. The Canes have won the most turnovers so far this year (24), as well as the most scrums (22). The Hurricanes are aiming for three consecutive away wins for the first time since May to June 2012. The Hurricanes are undoubtedly one of the form teams and it will take something special by the Western Force top end their run. The Hurricanes to win by 10 points or more.


Western Force: 15 Luke Burton, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Brynard Stander, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Steve Mafi, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Mitchell Scott.

Hurricanes: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Smiley, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Brad Shields, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Nehe lner-Skudder.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Cheetahs v Blues
(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 19.10; 18.10 GMT; 06.10 NZ Time Saturday, February 28)

The two teams will meet in Bloemfontein with vastly contrasting fortunes - the Cheetahs with a win and a bye, the Blues on the back of consecutive defeats.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské felt his team made the perfect start and must kick on from here.

"We have gained a lot of confidence from the game against the Sharks," Drotské told a media briefing.

"We haven't started well in the competition in the past, but we have done so this year," said Drotské.

"We not only beat them [the Sharks] in Durban, but got five points in doing so.

"There was no need to really ring the changes and the side stays as is, mostly because we want to reward the players for their efforts at Kings Park."

Drotské said he was satisfied with all aspects of his side's game, and hoped to produce a similar performance against the Blues.

"We did a lot of things very well against the Sharks. We scrummed really well and we defended like our lives depended on it.

"We also did well on the attack and want to take that momentum forward against a side that is going to be very direct and physical in their approach to the game.

"We expect a huge battle and we have prepared as such."

The Blues, in contrast, are faced with an almost farcical inability to win away from home.

Under coach John Kirwan the Blues won just once on the road last year - against in Perth against the Force. And in 2013 they also had just one away victory.

They need a win on Friday to lift the dark pall of gloom.

After this week the Blues have just one home game, against the Lions, before another three-match road-trip - when they face the Hurricanes, Waratahs and Chiefs.

No doubt they could be in a deep mire if they head home to Auckland with three consecutive defeats at the start of the season and knowing they have another tough away stretch to follow.

The pressure on Kirwan, in the last year of his contract, will increase significantly if they don't come up with a winning streak soon.

That can will only be achieved if they discard the brainless, overly physical approach that coast them so dearly against the Stormers last week - a red card to a key player and deserved defeat.

Recent results:
2014: Blues won 40-30, Auckland
2013: Cheetahs won 34-13, Bloemfontein
2011: Blues won 29-22, Auckland
2010: Cheetahs won 36-32, Bloemfontein
2009: Blues won 46-12, North Harbour
2008: Blues won 50-26, Bloemfontein

Prediction: The last six games between these sides have seen an average of 62 combined points scored. The last five games between these teams have been won by the home side. The Blues have never lost their first three games of a Super Rugby season. The Blues are the only side to land all of their attempts at goal so far this season. They have also landed the joint-most penalty shots (nine). The Cheetahs are aiming for consecutive victories for the first time since May 2013. The Cheetahs shed a lot of experience and a good serving of Springbok caps in the off-season and it seems those departures did more good than harm. Only time will tell, but we feel they will produce an entertaining game and win by 10 points or more.


Cheetahs: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Petersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Jean Cook, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Burrie Uys, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Johannes Prinsloo, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Johann Sadie.

Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Charles Piutau, 12 Hamish Northcott, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Francis Saili.

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Highlanders bag valuable points

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:31

MATCH REPORT: The Highlanders got their Super Rugby campaign firmly back on track with a hard-earned 20-13 win over the Reds.

The Highlanders got their Super Rugby campaign firmly back on track with a hard-earned 20-13 win over the Reds in Dunedin on Friday.

They scored one try each, but the educated boot of flyhalf Marty Banks secured the win for the home team - as he outscored Reds counterpart James O'Connor by four penalties to two penalties and a conversion.

Hayden Parker also kicked a penalty for the Highlanders.

Highlanders' wing Waisake Naholo was denied one try, but scored another to help secure the win over the reds.

Naholo, chasing a well-weighted kick, was beaten to a touchdown in the 36th minute by Reds scrumhalf Will Genia, though replays were needed to determine who reached the ball first.

The powerful Fiji-born wing was compensated in the 68th minute when he received the ball from an attacking scrum and broke close to the touchline for the Highlanders' only try.

The win by the Highlanders added to the Australian side's woes and crashing Wallaby James O'Connor's return to Super Rugby.

O'Connor had a strong game in a match dominated by defence.

It was the Reds' second loss in three matches, placing more pressure on a franchise still reeling after Australian police charged high-profile code-hopping recruit Karmichael Hunt with supplying cocaine.

Stand-in captain James Slipper was frustrated at the loss to the Highlanders, which snapped a four-game winning streak against the South Island team.

"Our discipline let us down, too many penalties in the first half and we were playing catch-up footy from then on," he said.

But there were some positives for the 2011 champions in O'Connor's performance, with the flyhalf making some electrifying runs and nailing three of his four kicks.

The 24-year old earned the last of his 44 Test caps in 2013, when the Wallabies dropped him over a series of off-field incidents.

He has returned to Super Rugby intent on breaking back into the Australian squad for this year's World Cup in England.

"It's good to have him back, it's just a shame we couldn't get the win for him and for Queensland," Slipper said.

The Highlanders set a furious pace in the first 10 minutes but could only manage a penalty.

O'Connor then brought the Reds to life with a jinking 60 metre run that left the Highlanders defence flat footed.

The Queenslanders went on the attack and almost found the try-line before the move ended with a knock-on from former Highlander Adam Thompson.

Disciplinary lapses proved costly for them, with the Highlanders kicking three penalties to lead 9-3 at half-time.

Reds No.8 Jake Schatz scored the game's opening try after the break when he darted over the line from the base of a scrum.

Naholo hit back with a try in the corner for the Highlanders to make it 17-10 with 13 minutes to go.

The New Zealanders remained on the offensive and were rewarded with a penalty in the 76th-minute to put the game beyond doubt.

The Reds managed a consolation penalty in the dying moments to reduce their losing margin to seven, earning themselves a bonus point.

Man of the match: Will Genia is beginning to regain some good form, while Adam Thomson enjoyed playing in his former home town against the his former teammates. Both Smiths, Ben and Aaron, along with Nasi Manu were good value - as they always are. Patrick Osborne made plenty of good metres, but our award goes to Highlanders flyhalf Marty Banks for his control of the game and accuracy of the tee.

The scorers:

For the Highlanders:
Pens: Banks 4, Parker

For the Reds:
Con: O'Connor
Pens: O'Connor 2


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jason Emery, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Kurt Baker.

Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Marco Kotze, 4 Dave McDuling, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Tom Murday, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride (New Zealand), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Waisake Naholo (68min)
VENUE Dunedin
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)