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Super Rugby | Hamilton
06:35 (GMT) | 06-03-2015
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Join us again shortly for our next game when the Brumbies take on the Force in Canberra
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The Highlanders now from an attacking line-out on the Chiefs ten metre line takes the ball up the midfield with Manu and they get the penalty after Wiliams leaves his feet at the ruck. Marty Banks line up a kick from the Chiefs 10 metre line to win the game and he gets the PENALTY over! The Highlanders win 20-17
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The Chiefs now have the ball with Messam in the Highlanders half before McKenzie sends a kick down field . The Highlanders take it quickly with Osborne finding space. The Highlanders get a penalty now after Lowe tackles Fekitoa with no arms. Lowe gets a YELLOW CARD!
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The Highlanders get possession back in their own half from a kick and Banks finds some space near the touchline with a run. The Highlanders now get a penalty in the Chiefs 22 after a Chiefs player joined the ruck from the side. Marty Banks gets the PENALTY over and it is 17-17
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The Chiefs from a line-out on the Hghlanders ten metre line takes it up with one-off runners before they lose possession. The Highlanders give the ball to Naholo who sprints down field before the Highlanders lose possession for not playing it and the Chiefs will get a scrum five meters outside their 22
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The Chiefs get another chance with a scrum in the Highlanders 22. Webber goes for a sniping break but it is turned over, The Chiefs get the ball back from a kick before Horrell knocks on just outside the Highlanders 22
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The Chiefs get a penalty at the scrum with the Highlanders front row collapsing. Andrew Horrell lines up the kick just outside the 22 and he gets the penalty off the posts and the score remains 17-14 to the Chiefs.
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Fekitoa now runs the ball back into the Chiefs half after beating a defender but the Chiefs get it back aa they find their way in the Highlanders half. The Highlanders turn it over before Ben Smith knock on in his own 22. Attacking scrum to the Chiefs.
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From the scrum Messam finds a gap before Cruden's pass goes straight into touch with an overlap seven meters from the Highlanders tryline. The Highlanders clear through Aaron Smith and the Chiefs have possession back near the Highlanders 10 metre line. Horrell finds some space before Webber gets into the Highlanders 22 with a good break but he holds on and gives away the penalty
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The Chiefs have possession just inside the Highlanders half and Williams finds a half gap and gives an offload to Marshall who runs towards the Highlanders 22. But the Highlanders lose it forward and the Chiefs will get another chance with a scrum on the Highlanders 22
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Cruden misses the penalty and the score remains 17-14
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The Highlanders now from a line-out just inside the Chiefs half find some space with Dixon taking his team into the Chiefs 22. But they lose the ball and the Chiefs kick down field and turn it over and get a penalty on the Highlanders 22
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Cruden gets the CONVERSION over and the Chiefs take the lead 17-14
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The Highlanders are under pressure at the scrum before Pulu goes to the short side. and is brought short. Play is brought back for another Chiefs penalty and Messam chooses another scrum with the Highlanders still a man short in the pack. The Chiefs get another PENALTY TRY! with the Highlanders not coping at scrum time
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The Chiefs get the penalty after a massive scrum from the Chiefs and good work from Ben Tameifuna. The Chiefs opts for a scrum in a good attacking position five metres from the Highlanders tryline
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The Chiefs get a penalty with Lowe tackled in the air and Cruden gives his team an attacking line-out 10 meters from the Highlanders 22. The Chiefs opt for a driving maul and they make their way into the away team's 22. They go all the away to the Highlanders five metre line from their tryline but the Highlanders get a scrum after the Chiefs could not use it.
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Cruden gets the CONVERSION over and it is now Chiefs 10-14 Highlanders
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The Chiefs now have an advantage at the scrum five metres out and they get a PENALTY TRY with the Highlanders collapsing the scrum under pressure after a massive push from the Chiefs
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The Chiefs form another driving maul before Pulu sends the ball out. Elliot takes it up but he is met with good defence and Joe Wheeler gets a YELLOW CARD for a professional foul
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The Chiefs get a penalty with the Highlanders front row collapsing in the scrum and Cruden gives his side an attacking line-out five metres from the Highlanders tryline. The Chiefs form a driving maul and Hika Elliot is over but the TMO caanot see a grounding and the Chiefs gets a penalty and they opt for another line-out
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The Highlanders have possession on the Chiefs 10 metre line after good run by Ross Geldenhuys and they give away a penalty after a supporting player joined the ruck from the side. The Highlanders win the line-out and run it out before the Chiefs knock it on. The Highlanders will get a scrum just inside their own half
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Highlanders' flyhalf Lima Sopoaga gets the second half under way!

Half Time

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The Chiefs start again from they own half and they give away a penalty with players joining in from a ruck. Lima Sopoaga lines up a kick 45 metres from the polls and gets the PENALTY over. It is 14-3 to the Highlanders at HALF-TIME!
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From a line-out just inside the Highlanders half the Chiefs form a driving maul before the ball his given to Lowe who is met with some good defence and Cruden sends a kick touch in goal
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Lima Sopoaga gets the conversion wide and it is 11-3 to the Highlanders
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The Highlanders fromthe own five metre line from a scrum Treeby finds a gap and gallops towards halfway. Coltman drives the ball up and the High landers are now in the Chiefs 22 and Osborne does a side step and scores a TRY!
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From the scrum Messam gives the ball to Williams who is tackled behind the gain-line and the Chiefs lose the ball forward and the Highlanders will have a defensive scrum five metres from the own tryline.
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From the line-out the Chiefs form a driving maul with Hika Elliot in Possession. Pulu breaks and is brought down just short and the Chiefs will get a five metre scrum in a good attacking position
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Osborne now puts a foot into touch in his own 22 and the Chiefs have an attacking line-out now. The ball goes straight through the hands and the Chiefs knock it on. The Highlanders now have a defensive scrum in their own 22. Fekitoa kicks down field and the Chiefs will get a penalty and Cruden finds touch in the Highlanders 22
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Lima Sopoaga gets the PENALTY over and it is 3-6 to the Highlanders.
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From the scrum Pulu goes wide but Fekitoa turns it over for the Highlanders and the away teams counter attacks and find themselves after a good run by Ben Smith in the Chiefs half with an attacking scrum. Naholo sends a chip kick into the Chiefs 22 before Marshall kick down field. The Highlanders run it to the Chiefs 22 and get a penalty.
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The Chiefs now have possession in midfield on halfway before Sam Cane drives forward with a powerful run. They are now inside the Highlanders 22 and they will get an attacking scrum with too many bodies on the floor.
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The Chiefs now get a penalty straight after the restart after an offside from a Highlanders players and Cruden gets the penalty wide and it stays 3-3
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Lima Sopoaga gets the PENALTY over! and it is now 3-3 after 21 minutes
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From the scrum the Highlanders send a grubber down field with Smith chasing, Gear runs it back for the Chiefs and the Highlanders gets the penalt with the Chiefs holding on. The Highlanders now have an attacking line-out just outside the Chiefs 22. They go to the midfield and they get a penalty after a deliberate knock down
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And the Highlanders lose it forward at the back of the scrum from good pressure from the Chiefs and the home team will have an attacking scrum now between the Highlanders 10 metre line and 22. Pulu goes to Gear who takes on three defenders before Cruden knocks on. Highlanders will have the scrum near their own ten metre line
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From the line-out the Chiefs keep it close with the forwards with Messam making a few metres. They go wide but are met with good defence before they lose it forward and the Highlanders will have a scrum between their 10 metre line and 22
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Highlanders prop goes off injured. Chiefs win the line-out and Lowe finds space from a pass from Sonny Bill Williams and is racing towards the tryline but he loses if forward in the tackle five metres from the Highlanders tryline. From the defensive scrum the Highlanders. Treeby makes some ground before Aaron Smith finds a good touch near the Highlanders 10 metre line
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The Chiefs win the line-out and drive towards the tryline but are blown up for obstruction. Highlanders now from a line-out deep in their own half are put under pressure before they kick down field and Lowe runs it back with a grubber kick and the Highlanders will have a line-out near their own 10 metre line
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Ben Smith sends a high ball into the Chiefs half and the Highlanders get the ball back as they make their way towards the Chiefs 22 but they give away a turnover and the Chiefs get the penalty. Cruden takes a quick tap before James lowe finds space near touch with Cruden making progress into the 22 before they are tackled into touch.
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The Chiefs get a penalty at the scrum and Cruden gets the PENALTY over and it is 3-0 to the Chiefs.
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The Chiefs take the ball up into the Highlanders half now. Sonny Bill Williams gives a flick pass but it is lost forward and the Chiefs will get an attacking scrum just outside the Highlanders 22
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And the Chiefs get a penalty straight away from the kick-off with the Highlanders forwards penalised for obstruction. Cruden gets the penalty wide and it remains 0-0
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KICK-OFF! Chiefs' flyhalf Aaron Cruden gets the game under way.
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The Highlanders (94.1 percent) and Chiefs (93.8 percent) rank first and second respectively when it comes to line-out success rate in 2015.
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Chiefs' centre Charlie Ngatai and Highlanders' wing Waisake Naholo are two of only six players in Super Rugby to beat at least 10 defenders so far this season.
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The Chiefs have won four of the last five fixtures against the Highlanders. The last time these two teams met, the Highlanders managed a 29-25 win in Dunedin (2014).
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Welcome to live coverage of Super Rugby with the Chiefs taking on the Highlanders in Hamilton.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
  • 14 Tim Nanai-Williams
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 12 Charlie Ngatai
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 6 Liam Messam
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 4 Mitchell Brown
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 1 Kane Hames
RESERVES
  • 23 Shaun Stevenson
  • 22 Stephen Donald
  • 21 Finlay Christie
  • 20 Lachlan Boshier
  • 19 Dominic Bird
  • 18 Atunaisa Moli
  • 17 Aidan Ross
  • 16 Liam Polwart
START LINE UP
  • 15 Ben Smith
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 13 Malakai Fekitoa
  • 12 Rob Thompson
  • 11 Richard Buckman
  • 10 Lima Sopoaga
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 7 James Lentjes
  • 6 Liam Squire
  • 5 Tom Franklin
  • 4 Jackson Hemopo
  • 3 Siate Tokolahi
  • 2 Liam Coltman
  • 1 Daniel Leinert-Brown
RESERVES
  • 23 Marty Banks
  • 22 Kayne Hammington
  • 21 Elliot Dixon
  • 20 Gareth Evans
  • 19 Alex Ainley
  • 18 Siosula Halanukonuka
  • 17 Aki Seiulu
  • 16 Ash Dixon
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Preview: S15 Round Four, Part One

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:55

Hold onto your seats, this ride could get scary. We look at Friday's two Super Rugby Round Four games - both domestic derbies.

Hold onto your seats, this ride could get scary. Yes, we may only have two Friday matches, but they are derbies and those are as unpredictable as they come.

The underperforming Highlanders know they will have to be much more clinical if they are to have a chance of beating the unbeaten Chiefs in Hamilton in Friday's Round Four opener.

The Highlanders had not quite clicked in their first two matches, while the Chiefs showed some ominous form in putting 40 points past the Crusaders last week.

It is almost an exact replica in the day's other game - when we head across the Tasman sea for the all-Australian derby between the Brumbies and Western Force in Canberra.

The hosts, the Brumbies, are Australia's form team. The Western Force, after knocking over the defending champion Waratahs, have lost their way somewhat.

We look at Friday's games!

Friday, March 6

Chiefs v Highlanders
(Waikato Stadium, Hamilton - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

The Chiefs will have been buoyed by the 40-16 belting they handed the seven-time champion Crusaders last week.

Not surprising then to find Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph in an apprehensive mood.

Joseph described the Chiefs as the form team of the competition.

"They punished the Crusaders last weekend and that's a wake-up call for everyone," he told the Otago Daily Times.

"Their off-loading ability, led by Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam, is a big threat."

Like all coaches he believes there is a way to nullify the threat posed by Williams.

"We need to make our tackles on Sonny Bill and deny him time and space," the Highlanders coach said.

Joseph said the Highlanders had to ensure they got enough territory and ball in hand at Waikato Stadium.

"Our skill level under pressure hasn't been great so far," he said.

"We need to make players accountable for the execution of their skill levels even though we may not have the depth of the Chiefs."

Joseph said his squad were looking forward to heading on the road after opening their season with two matches in Dunedin.

Recent results:
2014: Highlanders won 29-25, Dunedin
2014: Chiefs won 21-19, Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 19-7, Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 41-27, Dunedin
2012: Chiefs won 27-21, Dunedin
2012: Highlanders won 23-19, Hamilton

Prediction: The Chiefs won their first three games of the season in 2010 and 2014, but went on to lose their fourth game in each of those years. The Highlanders (94.1 percent) and Chiefs (93.8 percent) rank first and second respectively when it comes to line-out success rate in 2015. No side has shipped more penalties per game than the Chiefs this season (12.7) and they have benefitted from fewer opposition penalties per game (8.7) than any other team as well. The Highlanders rank second for turnovers won this season, with an average of nine per game so far. The Dunedin-based side has seen their opponents maintain a ruck success rate of 91 percent; no team in Super Rugby has had their opponents average a lower success rate at the ruck. Charlie Ngatai and Waisake Naholo are two of only six players in Super Rugby to beat at least 10 defenders so far this season. The Highlanders are likely to make life unpleasant for the home team, but the Chiefs should take it by at least 10 points.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Liam Messam (captain)/Maama Vaipulu, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Johan Bardoul, 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Michael Leitch/Maama Vaipulu, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Andrew Horrell.

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

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)

Brumbies v Western Force
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.40; 16.40 AWST; 08.40 GMT)

There is a good reason why the Brumbies are leading the Australian conference.

They have star quality in their team and as they showed a fortnight ago (suffering a two-point loss) are one of the few outfits who can live with the high-riding Chiefs.

TheBrumbies were a touch below par when they ground out a 20-15 win on the road against the Rebels last week, but it may just have been the wake-up call required.

The Western Force, in stark contrast, seem to have reverted to their most erratic form - a fine win over the Waratahs in week one undone by two defeats - including a 42-13 trashing at the hands of the Hurricanes.

The Brumbies are confident they can overcome the pitfalls come with these Australian derbies - which more often than not become a drag-out, beat-down arm-wrestle.

"It's massive," Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua told the Canberra Times.

"You top your conference you go into the finals, so any local derbies are always big ones.

"We don't want to look too far ahead, but we know we've got three to go then we're on a break," he said of a game that is the second of four straight games against Australian team - which will also seem them take on the Reds  and Waratahs.

"Four points you get is four points you take off them, which is important in the conference, it's much more than just a normal game."

The Force will welcome back iconic Wallaby wing Nick Cummins for his first game of the season after recovering from ankle surgery.

Brumbies fullback Robbie Coleman said the Force was renowned for its tough play in the forwards.

"They can really get you caught in that grindy style of rugby and they've had a really good start to the season," Coleman told the Canberra Times.

"They can force you into a sloppy game, so we want to play our style no matter how they're doing it.

"It's a huge game for us and we want to put in a good performance."

Recent results:
2014: Brumbies won 47-25, Canberra
2014: Brumbies won 27-14, Perth
2013: Force won 21-15, Perth
2013: Brumbies won 41-7, Canberra
2012: Brumbies won 28-17, Perth
2012: Brumbies won 19-17, Canberra

Prediction: The first 12 meetings between these sides yielded an average aggregate score of 39 points with only one game in this run seeing more than 41 points scored. However, their most recent clash in July 2014 saw 72 points scored in a 47-25 win for the Brumbies. The Force rank last when it comes to tackling (82 percent) and scrum (58 percent) success rates so far in 2015. The Brumbies have averaged fewer metres (281) and breaks (four) per game than any other side this season, despite kicking from hand less often than any other side on average (17.3). The Canberra-based side has been awarded more penalties per game (15) than any other team so far, as well as conceding the fewest (9 per game). No player was won more line-outs than the Brumbies' Sam Carter (20) so far, whilst Rory Arnold and the Force's Steve Mafi rank joint fifth in this regard (13). With the Force and upset is always likely, but the smart money will be on the Brumbies to win by 10 to 15 points.

Teams:

Brumbies: 15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Jarred Butler, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Jesse Mogg.

Western Force: 15 Luke Morahan. 14 Marcel Brache. 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Solomoni Jnr Rasolea, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 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 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Luke Burton.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Andrew Lees (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com


Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Highlanders steal it at the death

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:36

MATCH REPORT: The Highlanders scored a controversial 20-17 win over the Chiefs in their Super Rugby Round Four match in Hamilton on Friday.

The Highlanders scored a controversial 20-17 win over the Chiefs in their Super Rugby Round Four match in Hamilton on Friday.

It was a contentious yellow card a minute from time and another debatable penalty moments later the afforded replacement Marty Banks a shot from 40-odd metres out.

He made no mistakes as the Highlanders got the weekend underway with an upset of the Chiefs - who were joint top of the New Zealand conference before the match.

It was the Chiefs' first loss of the season.

The Highlanders, who led 14-3 at half-time, were also reduced to 14 men early in the second half - which saw the Chiefs awarded two penalties tries from scrums and a 17-14 lead going into the final quarter.

However, two late penalties by Banks - in the 77th and 80th minutes - saw the Highlanders steal the victory.

The Chiefs, early-season pace-setters in this year's Super Rugby competition, dominated possession and territory - but failed to make it count.

Attempts to repeat the slick attacking moves that saw them defeat the seven-time champion Crusaders last week repeatedly faltered as the Chiefs' star-studded backline had an off day.

Instead, they succumbed to a sucker punch when Sonny Bill Williams infringed on the ruck in the final minute, allowing Banks to kick the winning penalty as the siren sounded.

"It's disappointing to finish the game like that," captain Liam Messam said after a match when his forwards were so commanding they were awarded two penalty ties.

"There were too many errors, basic handling errors and showing them too much pill (ball) and they punished us."

He said the Chiefs had plenty to work on as they gear up for a tough road trip to South Africa.

The result was the Highlanders' second win from three matches, building on a victory over the Reds last week.

However, they were meek in the forwards and will need to improve to make a mark on this year's competition.

They barely touched the ball in the opening stages as the Chiefs ran rings around them, only for handling errors to halt momentum when the Chiefs threatened the tryline.

Instead it was 3-all after 20 minutes, with Chiefs pivot Aaron Cruden squandering the chance to give his team a handy lead when he kicked two penalties wide.

The Highlanders clawed their way back into the game, with centre Malakai Fekitoa besting his All Blacks rival Williams at the breakdown.

But it was another centre, unheralded Highlander Shaun Treeby, who made the first clean break of the match to set up Patrick Osborne for the opening try.

A Lima Sopoaga penalty saw the Highlanders go into half-time up 14-3 against a Chiefs side stunned to be trailing after enjoying 78 percent of territory.

The Chiefs thought they had crossed soon after the restart but Sam Cane's effort was ruled held up.

The Highlanders were reduced to 14 men - when Joe Wheeler was sent to the bin for illegally collapsing a maul - and the Chiefs began to dominate, reaping the rewards in the form of two penalty tries after their scrum demolished the under-powered Highlanders pack.

A Banks penalty levelled the scores at 17-17 against the run of play with three minutes to go.

In a dramatic finale, Chiefs wing James Lowe was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle on Fekitoa, then Williams conceded a penalty in front of the posts.

Banks showed no nerves as he stepped up to seal the win.

Man of the match: Sonny Bill Williams was more than just entertaining, Liam Messam produced his usual crafting, high workrate and Sam Cane was another who did immense work at the breakdown. Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna - who had one of his most productive games of the season and was particularly destructive in the scrums when the Highlander's discipline reduced them to 14 men. Lima Sopoaga kept the Highlanders in the game with his boot, before being replaced and Marty Banks sealed the win. Malakai Fekitoa was good value as well - as you have come to expect. However, our award goes to Highlanders wing Patrick Osborne, who scored what turned out to be a crucial try with some sublime stepping and kept the Chiefs defence honest throughout the match.

The scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Tries:
Penalty tries 2
Cons: Cruden 2
Pen: Cruden

For the Highlanders:
Try:
Osborne
Pens: Sopoaga 3, Banks 2

Yellow cards: Joe Wheeler (Highlanders, 46 - professional foul, illegally collapsing the maul), James Lowe (Chiefs, 79 - foul play, illegal tackle)

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Hosea Gear, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Liam Messam (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Johan Bardoul, 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Maama Vaipulu, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Andrew Horrell.

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

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)

 
TRIES
Aaron Cruden (49min) and Aaron Cruden (58min)
CONVERSIONS
Aaron Cruden (5min)
PENALTIES
Lima Sopoaga (21min), Lima Sopoaga (28min), Lima Sopoaga (40min), Marty Banks (77min), and Marty Banks (80min)
57min
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
James Lowe (79min)
 
 
VENUE Hamilton
REFEREE Mike Fraser