Chiefs 21 - 19 Highlanders

Match info: Super Rugby at Waikato Stadium

Date: 01/03/2014 KO: 06:35

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesNanai-Williams (11) Messam (48) Ngatai (68)ConversionsCruden (12, 49, 69)



TriesHardie (32)ConversionsSopoaga (34)PenaltiesSopoaga (20, 38, 58, 3)

FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • A game of two halves with the Highlanders dominating the first and the Chiefs having the upper hand in the second. The Highlanders put up a great effort away from home and could have easily won tonight. The Chiefs are just too dangerous and managed to run in three tries. A great spectacle of Super Rugby!

  • OK no penalty, the advantage was for a potential dangerous tackle by Ben Smith which was adjudicated as being legitimate so the Chiefs have a scrum in the corner of the 22m. They kick it straight out from the scrum and end the match! The Chiefs have managed to clinch this one tonight!

  • The Highlanders attack from their own 22m and throw everything at it. They spill the ball in contact and the Chiefs have possession! The Highlanders infringe at the breakdown and the Chiefs are awarded a penalty straight in front. The ref is just checking with the TMO for some foul play.

  • The Chiefs get possession and kick down field! The ball goes out after the Highlanders are bundled into touch. Silly stuff from the Highlanders who have been penalized for time wasting as they throw the ball away. Cruden kicks for the corner. They knock on in the line out and Highlanders will have one last effort to try and win this match!

  • The Highlanders build strongly as they edge into the Chiefs 22m. A clever grubber through just needed to pop up and the Chiefs would have been in trouble. It rolls forward for a Chiefs line out. Kerr Barlow clears from the line out but doesn't find much distance at all and the Highlanders are on attack again.

  • Chiefs trying yet again to break the Highlanders defense but the visitors tackle well and eventually force a knock on. Highlanders need to get some possession and again and get into the Chiefs 22m to give themselves a chance

  • CONVERSION, CRUDEN, 21-19. Vital kick from Cruden who finally finds his kicking boots and takes his side into the lead!

  • TRY, CHIEFS, NGATAI, 19-19. Liam Squire makes an incredible break as the Chiefs surge into the Highlanders 22m! Cruden chips across field as Tikiorotuma manages to grab it and pop it inside to Ngatai who scores the try! Classic Chiefs try.

  • After more scrum resets we get under way. Cruden throws a loose pass and Winston Stanley manages to grab it! Apparently there was a knock on from the Highlanders as Cruden passes it so we come back for a scrum.

  • Another wave of attack from the Chiefs! The highlanders are up to the challenge once again as Joe Wheeler wins his side a much needed penalty! Sopoaga kicks for touch

  • Cruden runs well off the line out gbut just can't get his pass away. They continue to runs trongly and get close to the line once again! A loose pass is pounced on by the visitors and they manage to clear again!

  • Exciting play from the Chiefs as they throw everything at the Highlanders and get close to the visitors line. Cruden runs flat and his pass out wide to the wing for an inevitable try is blocked by a Highlanders player and they manage to clear through Sopoaga. Good defense from the Highlanders!

  • PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA, 14-19. Great stuff from Sopoaga, displaying an excellent piece of goal-kicking!

  • The Highlanders win a scrum penalty just inside the Chiefs half and opportunity for the visitors to get their first points of the second half!

  • The Chiefs manage to hold onto the ball after a great break! Unfortunately they are bundled into touch as they try the blind side one too many times! The second half momentum is definitely more with the home side so far.

  • Great break from Coltman the Highlanders hooker! The Highlanders in their enthusiasm infringe at the following breakdown and give away a penalty.

  • CONVERSION, CRUDEN, 14-16. Cruden sneaks it over and the homeside are back within striking distance!

  • TRY, CHIEFS, MESSAM, 12-16. Chiefs show some patience and eventually its the All Black Liam Messam who powers over with a pick and go from the ruck!

  • After several reset scrums we have play again as Kerr Barlow runs strongly and is driven in a maul like fashion towards the line!

  • The Chiefs manage to turn over possession and make a rare attacking play but are eventually taken into touch. They win possession again off the Highlanders line out and this time make good ground! They work their way into the Highlanders 22m and looking dangerous. Smith attempts to steal the ball at the breakdown but slightly knocks on in the process and Chiefs will have an attacking scrum


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