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Super Rugby | Sydney
09:55 (GMT) | 27-06-2015
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Sopoaga misses the conversion. The Tahs win the restart and Latu finds some space and sprints in the Highlanders 22. There is a loose pass and the away team gathers the ball and boots it out. That is FULL-TIME! the Highlanders are in the final! Highlanders 35-17 Waratahs!
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Sopoaga sends a cross kick from the scrum and Osborne gathers and evades a defender to sprint in for the try!
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From a scrum on their side of halfway, the Highlanders go short side with Aaron Smith who kicks down field. The Tahs try and run it out from their own half but Lance loses the ball forward and the Highlanders will have another scrum just outside the Tahs 22.
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Dixon takes the ball up from the scrum before Sopoaga finds touch inside the Tahs 22. The Highlanders steal the line-out ball and are back inside the Tahs 22. The ball goes to Sopoaga who attempts another drop goal and this time it is over!
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Both front rows gets a talking too after a number of resets at the scrum
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The Waratahs get the ball back after a kick, but they are again in their own half. Skelton builds some momentum with a good run before Latu loses the ball forward. The Highlanders will have a scrum on the Tahs 10m line.
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The Highlanders steal the line-out and Aaron Smith goes high with a kick but it goes out on the full and the Tahs will have another line-out on the Highlanders 22. This time the Tahs win the ball and they form the maul before going wide, but Folau is tackled into touch.
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Ben Smith sends a high ball from the restart and Folau takes it cleanly. The home side keeps the ball in hand and they go wide with Ashley-Cooper trying to find a gap. After two turn overs the Waratahs gets the penalty on halfway. Foley gives his team a line-out just outside the Highlanders 22.
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After a reset at the scrum, Osborne picks up Aaron Smith's loose passe. Buckman makes a few metres before Aaron Smith sends a kick over the top which is grounded by Betham in his in-goal area.
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Aaron Smith goes short side before passing to Manu. Sopoaga kicks across the field and the Tahs turn it over in their own 22. The home side keeps the ball in hand before Ashley Cooper loses the ball forward and the Highlanders will have an attacking scrum just outside the Tahs 22
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Foley kicks deep from the line-out and Ben Smith sends a high ball. The ball is lost forward by Foley in the air and the Highlanders will have an attacking scrum deep inside the Waratahs half
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The Highlanders have the ball on halfway before a high ball is sent. The away team gets the ball back and Sopoaga finds touch inside the Tahs 22 with a good kick.
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The Waratahs now have the ball on halfway and they give away another penalty and Sopoaga will go for the three points from almost 50m out. His kick is wide an dthe score remains 27-17 to the Highlanders.
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The Waratahs get the ball after a scrappy scrum, but play is brought back for a highlanders penalty after a Knock down when Aaron Smith was trying to pass from the scrum. Sopoaga takes a quick tap before Osborne bashes his way over for the score. It goes to the TMO and it is a penalty try after a swinging arm from Potgieter!
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Potgieter gets a yellow card for the swinging arm!
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Sopoaga adds the extras and the Highlanders lead 27-17
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Naholo is again on the attacking after the restart. The Highlanders kick and Foley gathers the ball just before Naholo and dots the ball down in the in-goal area. The Highlanders have a 5m scrum
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Sopoaga's conversion hits the poll with the , but the Highlanders lead 20-17
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From a line-out on halfway, the Highlanders send a high ball through Aaron Smith and Carraro is tackled into touch. the Highlanders start again with a line-out on the Tahs 10m line. Buckman is in a half gap before the ball goes to Naholo who grubbers and collects and scores the try just before it goes dead!
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From about 35m out and at an angle, Foley converts the penalty and the Tahs lead 17-15
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After a scrum reset, Aaron Smith breaks around the scrum. He sends a box kick and Folau takes brilliantly. The Tahs go wide to Ashley-Cooper who is tackled well. The Tahs get a penalty after Aaron Smith goes off his feet at the ruck and Foley will go for the three points.
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Hooper breaks through a tackle after the line-out and the Tahs get the penalty. They take it quickly and find themselves in the Highlanders 22. Phipps is nearly through a gap around the gap before a forward pass is thrown and the Highlanders will have a defensive scrum in their own 22.
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The Waraths get a penalty at the scrum after illegal wheeling by the away team and Foley gives his team a line-out near the Tahs 10m line.
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Aaron Smith loses the ball forward at the base of the scrum and the Waratahs will have a defensive scrum 5m from their own tryline.
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Naholo collects a long throw at the line-out in the Tahs 22. The ball goes wide and Sopoaga is nearly through. Horne intercepts , but he was offside. Aaron Smith takes it quickly and is held up over the tryline. It is a 5m scrum to the away team
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A Highlanders player is taken out in the air from the restart and Sopoaga gives his team a line-out near halfway. Sopoaga sends high ball from the line-out and the Tahs get the ball back. A few loose passes sees the Thas under pressure in their 22 before Folau's kick gives the Highlanders a line-out in the Tahs 22.
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SECOND HALF: Bernard Foley gets the game back under way!

Half Time

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After the ball goes out for a Tahs line-out, Manu steals the ball at the set piece before the Tahs pick up the loose ball. The Tahs win a penalty on their 10m line and they opt for a scrum. The Highlanders get a free-kick at the scrum and they take it quickly. After a few phases the away team gets the penalty with the Tahs not rolling away. From 40m out Sopoaga misses the penalty. HALF-TIME: Highlanders 15-14 Waratahs.
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The Highlanders go on the attack in the Tahs half but the ball is lost forward and the Home team has a defensive scrum on their 10m line.
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Foley lines up the kick for polls from almost in front and converts the penalty. It is 15-14 to The Highlanders
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The Waratahs counter from a Highlanders kick with Potgieter making ground. They go wide but lose the ball but it is a penalty for the home team after the Highlanders were offside.
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Sopoaga adds the extras and the Highlanders lead 15-11
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The Highlanders now have the ball deep inside the Waratahs half after a kick. the ball goes out to Buckman who is tackled but not held. The centre gets up and sprints for the tryline and scores the try!
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Foley kicks from the restart and the Highlanders takes it quickly after going into touch. Sopoaga kicks straight out into touch and the Waratahs have a line-out on the Highlanders side of halfway.
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Foley sets up the kick from the Highlanders' 10m line and he converts the penalty. The Tahs lead 11-8
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The Tahs go wide from the line-out with Naiyaravoro. Foley sends a high ball and goes out on the full, but play is brought back for a Tahs penalty on the Highlanders 10m line.
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The Tahs win a penalty at the scrum and Foley gives his team a line-out on the Highlanders 10m line.
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Aaron Smith goes wide from the line-out before Ben Smith kicks. Horne is under pressure on his own tryline. Foley kicks and finds touch but the Highlanders have a line-out in the 22. They take it quickly and the ball is lost forward and the Tahs will have a scrum on their own 10m line.
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Manu takes the ball up after the restart before Sopoaga sends a high ball. The Tahs get the ball back and Foley finds touch between his 22 and 10m line
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From a line-out deep inside the Tahs half, the Highlanders go wide. Aaron Smith kicks over the Tahs defence and finds touch in the home side's 22. The Highlanders steal it and Sopoaga attempts the drop, but it is wide!
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Foley lines-up the kick from outside the Highlanders 22 and he converts the penalty and the scores are level at 8-8
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Horne now is in plenty of space and is tackled just short of the Highlanders 22. Skelton is tackled hard before Potgieter takes it up. The ball goes wide but nothing comes from it and the Tahs get a penalty almost in front of the polls
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Ben Smith misses the conversion, but the Highlanders lead 8-5
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From the scrum, Palu passes but it is intercepted by Aaron Smith and the scrumhalf sprints in for the try!
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Aaron Smith goes short side from the scrum and Manu makes some serious metres, The ball goes wide but there was a forward pass from Fekitoa to Osborne.
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The Highlanders go on the attack from the line-out with Dixon causing problems with his physicality. Coltman breaks through a tackle and is in the Tahs 22 before the away team is awarded a scrum with the ball not coming out
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Foley kicks deep after a few phases at the restart. Renata kicks it back and the Highlanders turn it over. Ben Smith is in space, he passes to Aaron Smith who kicks it into touch in the Tahs 22. It is a poor line-out by the Tahs and Manu is nearly in for the try. The Tahs turn it over and the ball is cleared by Foley
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Foley cannot add the extras , but the Waratahs lead 5-3
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Aaron Smith goes wide from the line-out and Ben Smith beats one tackler. The ball goes loose and the Tahs counter with Folau breaking off tacklers. The ball goes wide again and Naiyaravoro sprints into the Highlanders 22. Foley sends a cross kick and Horne collects and dives over for the try!
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The away team goes wide before Sopoaga finds touch in the Tahs 22 after a good kick. Foley kicks deep from the line-out and finds touch inside the Highlanders half.
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Foley finds touch from the line-out and the Highlanders have a line-out near the Tahs 10m line.
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The Tahs have the ball on halfway with Ashley-Cooper. The ball goes wide and Palu makes some good metres. The Highlanders win the ball and Ben Smith sends a high ball. The away team gets it back and after a kicking dual Ben Smith finds touch inside the Tahs 22.
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Sopoaga lines-up the kick 5m outside the Tahs 22 and converts the penalty. Highlanders lead 3-0
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The Waratahs cannot find touch from the penalty and the Highlanders run it back. The Highlanders win the penalty just outside the Tahs 22 after the home side played the ball on the ground.
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Naholo takes along throw from the line-out and the Highlanders are in the Waratahs 22. The ball goes wide and Fekitoa beats a few defenders. Manu is tackled short before the Waratahs get the penalty after the Highlanders held on with the tryline in sight.
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A loose pass from Phipps puts his team under pressure from the restart before Foley finds touch just outside his 22.
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KICK-OFF: Lima Sopoaga gets the game under way!
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The youth of Malakai Fekitoa vs the experience of Adam Ashley-Cooper at No.13 will be a contest to watch while both flyhalves are the leading point-scorers in the competition.
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The home side on the day has won each of the last six instances of this fixture (three wins apiece). The Waratahs’ three victories in that sequence came by an aggregate margin of 72 points, while the Highlanders’ three wins came by a combined 24 points.
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The battle at the back will be a classic duel between Israel Folau and Ben Smith and it will be interesting to see what game plan they each adopt.
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Welcome to live coverage of the second semifinal of Super Rugby 2015 with the Waratahs taking on the Highlanders at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Israel Folau
  • 14 Taqele . Naiyaravoro
  • 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
  • 12 Matt Carraro
  • 11 Rob Horne
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 9 Nick Phipps
  • 8 Wycliff Palu
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 6 Jacques Potgieter
  • 5 Dave Dennis
  • 4 Will Skelton
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 1 Benn Robinson
RESERVES
  • 23 Peter Betham
  • 22 Jono Lance
  • 21 Brendan McKibbin
  • 20 Stephen Hoiles
  • 19 Mitchell Chapman
  • 18 Paddy Ryan
  • 17 Jeremy Tilse
  • 16 Tola Latu
START LINE UP
  • 15 Ben Smith
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 13 Malakai Fekitoa
  • 12 Richard Buckman
  • 11 Patrick Osborne
  • 10 Lima Sopoaga
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 8 Nasi Manu
  • 7 James Lentjes
  • 6 Elliot Dixon
  • 5 Mark Reddish
  • 4 Alex Ainley
  • 3 Josh Hohneck
  • 2 Liam Coltman
  • 1 Brendon Edmonds
RESERVES
  • 23 Trent Renata
  • 22 Fumiaki Tanaka
  • 21 Shane Christie
  • 20 Gareth Evans
  • 19 Joe Wheeler
  • 18 Ross Geldenhuys
  • 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown
  • 16 Ash Dixon
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Preview: Waratahs v Highlanders

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:02

The Waratahs and Highlanders round off the semifinals with the Sydneysiders determined to prove that regular-season points were an aberration.

The Waratahs and Highlanders round off the semifinals with the Sydneysiders determined to prove that regular-season points, where they finished behind the Highlanders, were an aberration.
 
The Highlanders go into the trans-Tasman showdown with the better form - they were the better-performing side in the regular season - while the Waratahs, like the Brumbies, have the greater pedigree.
 
The Waratahs are the defending champions and are bidding to become the first team from Australia to successfully defend their title by winning back to back tournaments. The only teams to have accomplished that feat are the Blues, the Crusaders, the Bulls and the Chiefs.
 
The Waratahs, given a week off and a home semi against the Highlanders under a quirk of the conference system, have taken lessons from the way the Brumbies beat the Otago franchise earlier in the year by slowing the game down.
 
"They are a very impressive team, they play a high-speed, high-tempo game, they have plenty of threats, and I think [scrumhalf] Aaron Smith is playing some of the best rugby of his career," Waratahs assistant coach Daryl Gibson said.
 
"We need to try and put the brakes on them to try and slow them down, and try and dictate the tempo of the game that we want to play."

Although Kurtley Beale is ruled out for the big clash with a quadricep injury and wing Rob Horne has 
been raced into the team after overcoming an injury, Gibson said his other stars were coming into form, particularly Israel Folau who is "looking particularly dangerous".
 
Waratahs coach Michael Cheika is sure to encourage his forwards to tease the New Zealanders to see whether they have the appetite for what could be a rugged encounter.
 
Highlanders flank Elliot Dixon says that whatever happens the Highlanders are determined to not flip their lids and give away needless penalties.
 
"We had a chat about that. At this time of the year three points can make the difference. It's pretty much Test-match rugby from here on in," said Dixon.
 
"We don't really want to give away any penalties and sometimes there is a bit of niggle because it is such a physical game and both sides want to win. It happens and you just want to get on with it."
 
The Highlanders produced a strong finish to beat the Waratahs 26-19 in Dunedin in Round Four this year, but playing in Sydney is another matter.
 
They have only won there twice, the last time was eight years ago, and both games with claimed by a one-point margin.
 
Players to watch:
 
For the Waratahs: The obvious one here is fullback Israel Folau who can tear up any defence with his strong runs, lethal step, and diverse Rugby League, Australian Rules Football and Rugby Union skill set. Adam Ashley-Cooper has a wealth of experience and flyhalf Bernard Foley is a points machine for the Tahs - he will be dictating play. Looking at the forwards, Michael Hooper is an energized specimen, he wont stop running and will be all over the park making tackles and providing support while flank partner Jacques Potgieter will be making heavy carries. Big burly lock Will Skelton should be prominent in carries and in the tight-loose. 
 
For the Highlanders: The backline is riddled with talent - Ben Smith will be composed as ever at the back looking to slice some gaps whilst also linking up with try-machine Waisake Naholo. In the midfield Malakai Fekitoa is dangerous from broken play and a demon defender. Halfback's Lima Sopoaga and Aaron Smith have been key members in the team and they will unite again as a combo. In the forwards Nasi Manu will be a threat in carries and support play, while Elliot Dixon will always get through a mountain of work. Watch out for hooker Liam Coltman for some dynamic running and linking play. 
 
Head to head: The battle at the back will be a classic duel between Israel Folau and Ben Smith and it will be interesting to see what game plan they each adopt. The youth of Malakai Fekitoa vs the experience of Adam Ashley-Cooper at No.13 will be a contest to watch while both flyhalves are the leading point-scorers in the competition. The Highlanders have been physical this season and the Waratahs are a known bullying outfit so the battle at the breakdown will something spectacular. Michael Hooper, Wycliff Palu, Jacques Potgieter (all Waratahs) taking on Elliot Dixon, James Lentjes and Nasi Manu (all Highlanders).
 
Recent results:
 
2015: Highlanders won 26-19, Dunedin
2014: Waratahs won 44-16, Sydney 
2012: Highlanders won 18-17, Dunedin
2011: Waratahs won 33-7, Sydney
2010: Highlanders won 26-10, Dunedin
2009: Waratahs won 34-14, Sydney
2008: Waratahs won 15-12, Dunedin
2007: Highlanders won 26-25, Sydney
2006: Waratahs won 20-3, Dunedin
2005: Waratahs won 41-20, Dunedin
 
Prediction: The home side on the day has won each of the last six instances of this fixture (three wins apiece). The Waratahs’ three victories in that sequence came by an aggregate margin of 72 points, while the Highlanders’ three wins came by a combined 24 points. The New Zealand side has won six of their last eight matches and those six victories have been by a combined margin of 148 points. Similarly, the Waratahs have won four of their last five and their four wins came by a total 76 points. The Waratahs have an even record of three wins and three losses in semifinals. They have averaged just 18 points and have never scored more than 28. The Highlanders have won one of four matches at this stage of the season but have not featured in the semifinals since 2002. Only the Sharks (26.1) have averaged more kicks from hand than the Highlanders (24.8) this season. The Waratahs have produced the fewest, an average of 15.6. The Highlanders have also been the recipients of the fewest kicks from hand, an average of 18.4. The Highlanders have won the most turnovers this season (151), while the ‘Tahs have won the fewest (88). Israel Folau (1606) and Waisake Naholo (1310) have gained more metres than any other player this year. Bernard Foley (175) and Lima Sopoaga (173) are the top point-scorers this season, however they have kicked goals at 69% and 71% success rates respectively. The Highlanders to continue their rich run of form and upset the Waratahs by 10 points.
 
Teams:
 
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Carraro, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements from - Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Mitchell Chapman , Stephen Hoiles, Patrick McCutcheon, Brendan Mckibbin, Jono Lance, Peter Betham
 
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 Shaun Treeby.
 
Date: Saturday June 27
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.55 (21.55 NZST; 09.55 GMT)
Expected weather: Clear skies, plenty of sunshine with no rain. A high of 19 degrees Celsius and a low of 8.
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

 

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It is an all-New Zealand Final

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:55

REPORT The Highlanders made it an all-New Zealand Super Rugby Final when they beat the Waratahs 35-17 in the semifinal on Saturday.

The Highlanders made it an all-New Zealand Super Rugby Final when they beat the Waratahs 35-17 in the semifinal in Sydney on Saturday.

It was a victory of skill over brute force, as the Highlanders outscored the defending-champion Waratahs by five tries to one.

The Highlanders will meet the Hurricanes in Wellington next week to decide the winners of the 23rd edition of the Southern Hemisphere's franchise championship.

The Highlanders executed their game plan to perfection to throw the Waratahs out of their playing rhythm, leading 15-14 at half-time.

It will be the first all Kiwi Super Rugby Final since 2006 when the Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 19-12.

The Highlanders dictated play with their tactical kicking and structured forward play to register their first win in Sydney in eight years.

While the Higlanders were full value for their win, the out-of-sorts Waratahs contributed to their downfall with shoddy handling and 18 turnovers in one of their worst performances of the season.

The Highlanders trailed the Waratahs 15-17 after 50 minutes, but the Kiwis scored 20 unanswered points leaving them convincing winners.

The Highlanders' tries were scored by impressive scrumhalf Aaron Smith, Richard Buckman, Waisake Naholo and Patrick Osborne - while South African referee Craig Joubert awarded a contentious penalty try, when Jacques Potgieter was given a yellow card for a swinging arm in a tackle on Osborne near the Waratahs try-line.

Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga kicked two conversions, a penalty goal and a drop-goal.

The Waratahs scored their only try through wing Rob Horne in the 11th minute and flyhalf Bernard Foley landed four penalties.

Aaron Smith snapped up a loose pass from Wycliff Palu off the back of a Waratah scrum win to score the Highlanders'sfirst try and centre Richard Buckman bounced out of a couple of tackles to score late in the opening half.

Two of the Highlanders' tries came off kicks - with wing Waisake Naholo moving off his own chip-kick and wing Osborne latching on to Sopoaga's kick for the corner to score.

"We got it right and we have a big challenge ahead of us next week," Highlanders skipper Ben Smith said.

"Our forward pack is way under-rated, they have big tickers and are skillful players and every week you know what you're getting from them.

"Aaron Smith turned them around in the dewy conditions to keep the ball behind the Waratahs."

Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis said the Highlanders were tactically sound.

"We got beaten by a better team, they kicked very well tactically and put us under a lot of pressure and we put ourselves under pressure as well and didn't get much rhythm in the game."

Man of the match: Israel Folau had a few impressive runs, Adam Ashley-Cooper did some good work on attack and on defence and Bernard Foley directed play well for the Waratahs. Michael Hooper was good when he didn't try to niggle the opposition, Jacques Potgieter was physical but blighted his copybook with a yellow card and penalty try. You never look much further than Ben Smith and Malakai Fekitoa. Lima Sopoaga was also sublime in directing traffic.  Then there were the usual workhorses up front - Nasi Manu, Elliot Dixon, Mark Reddish and Liam Coltman. However, it was the energy and skill - not to mention his ability to read the game and make the right decisions - that earned Highlanders scrumhalf Aaron Smith our award.

Moment of the match: The Waisake Naholo try in the 54th minute - when he showed sublime individual skills, a grubber and chase, to score despite off-the-ball interference - is worth considering. However, the turning point was the penalty try and yellow card against Jacques Potgieter in the 58th minute that turned the game - after the Tahs' South African loose forward was ruled to have illegally used a swinging arm to stop a probable try.

Villain of the match: We feel Will Skelton and Michael Hooper deserve this for their attempts at bullying the Highlanders through off-the-ball shenanigans.

The scorers:

For the Waratahs:
Try:
Horne
Pens: Foley 4

For the Highlanders:
Tries:
A Smith, Buckman, Naholo, Penalty try, Osborne
Cons: Sopoaga 2
Pen: Sopoaga
DG: Sopoaga

Yellow card: Jacques Potgieter (Waratahs, 58 - foul play, swinging arm)

Teams:
 
Waratahs:
15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Carraro, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis (captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements:  16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Jono Lance, 23 Peter Betham.
 
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 Shane Christie.
 
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Rob Horne (11min)
TRIES
Aaron Smith (19min), Richard Buckman (33min), Waisake Naholo (53min), and Patrick Osborne (79min)
 
CONVERSIONS
Lima Sopoaga (34min) and Lima Sopoaga (58min)
Bernard Foley (23min), Bernard Foley (31min), Bernard Foley (37min), and Bernard Foley (51min)
PENALTIES
Lima Sopoaga (5min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
58min
 
DROP GOALS
Lima Sopoaga (75min)
Jacques Potgieter (58min)
 
 
VENUE Sydney
REFEREE Craig Joubert