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Highlanders beat Chiefs in Hamilton

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Article Published: Saturday 25 February 2012

Saturday's Super Rugby Round 1 action starts in the New Zealand Conference with the Chiefs hosting the Highlanders in Hamilton

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The match is underway.
1.00: The Highlanders get the perfect start as they win a penalty and Chris Noakes bangs it over. Highlanders lead.
4.00: Chiefs hitting back strongly as they work the ball into the Highlanders 25. As they get to about 10m out they win a penalty.
5.00: Aaron Cruden takes the kick and nails it. The scores are level.
8.00: Ben Afeaki is getting some attention but the Chiefs play on. The Highlanders win a penalty but its in their own half.
10.00: Highlanders getting some good momentum. They string together 11 phases and then Liam Messam goes offside so the Highlanders get another penalty. Chris Noakes slots it.
13.00: The Chiefs win the ball in broken play and attack they charge over and Lelia Masaga scores! TRY!.
15.00: Cruden takes the conversion and slots it.
18.00: The Chiefs win a penalty, they take it quickly but the Highlanders turn it over. They then concede a penalty for not releasing.
24.00: The Chiefs are pressing forward but they infringe for offside. The Highlanders win a penalty and boot for touch.
26.00: Fritz Lee concedes a penalty for not rolling away so the Highlanders get a penalty. Noakes slots it and cuts the deficit to one point.
29.00: The Highlanders work the ball to the 5m line but then they concede a penalty at the breakdown. The Chiefs clear the ball.
31.00: Penalty to the Chiefs about 42 m out. Cruden takes the kick and nails it.
34.00: The Chiefs are on attack, Cruden finds a hole and passes to Kahui, the Chiefs run out of space so they change sides and then the Highlanders concede a penalty about 10m out.
36.00: Cruden takes the penalty kick and nails it.
39.00: The Highlanders win a scrum in their 25 and Cowan boots it downfield. The Chiefs then win the line out but the Highlanders knock on and it's half time.
The half time score was Chiefs 16 Highlanders 9
The second half is underway.
43.00: Sonny Bill Williams wins a penalty for the Chiefs so they kick four touch.
45.00: Liam Messam has a strong run for the line but is brought to ground and in the tackle he loses the ball.
47.00: The Chiefs put in a big scrum but Leonard concedes a penalty and the Highlanders clear.
49.00: Tamati Ellison concedes a penalty at the breakdown so Aaron Cruden gets another shot at goal. He nails it. Chiefs lead by 10 points.
53.00: The Highlanders are putting their heads down and working away at getting the ball through the phases. They get to 10m out but they get pushed out on the far side.
57.00: It's quick stuff with the ball all over the place. Lelia Masaga goes down with his knee twisted. Chiefs injuries mounting. Ben Afeaki might have a broken arm, Brendon Leonard might have pulled a hamstring and now Masaga looks like he has damaged his knee. He comes off.  
59.00: The Highlanders pile on the pressure and Adam Thomson goes for the corner but is pushed out James Haskell is on for the Highlanders.
60.00: The Highlanders are winning the territory battle currenlty as the game in being played in the Chiefs half. Plenty of pressure in the Chiefs 25.  Aaron Smith slips off a tackle and ducks, dives for the line and scores.TRY!!
62.00: Chris Noakes adds the conversion and the Highlanders are right back in this game.
63.00: The Chiefs break out and Sonny Bill Williams darts down the wing but we are called back as there was a forward pass. Tamati Ellison goes down. He gets back up.  
65.00: Wow, the Cruden tries to clear the ball and it goes straight to Jason Rutledge who passes to Phil Burleigh who scores. TRY!!
67.00: Noakes adds the conversion and the Highlanders lead.
69.00: The Chiefs are fighting back. They pile on on the pressure in the 25m area but the Highlanders defend well.
71.00: The Highlanders win a line out and continue to attack. They are not going into defensive mode here. We do however have uncontested scrum.
76.00: The Highlanders are defending but they concede a penalty. Chiefs kick for touch.
78.00: Chiefs desperately pressing for the try. Plenty of pressure on the Highlanders.
80.00: The siren goes - the Highlanders have a penalty - they kick it out thats it the Highlanders win.
The full time score is Chiefs 19 Highlanders 23


Tries - L Masaga
Pen - A Cruden 4
Con - A Cruden
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -  A. Smith, P. Burleigh
Pen - C.Noakes 3
Con - C Noakes 2
Drop -
Cards -

Referee: Jonathon White
AR1: Vinny Munro
AR2 : Nick Briant
TMO : Bryce Lawrence



1. Arizona Taumalolo,2. Hika Elliot,3. Ben Afeaki,4. Craig Clarke,5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Liam Messam (c),7. Sam Cane,8. Fritz Lee,9. Brendon Leonard,10. Aaron Cruden,11. Tim Nanai-Williams,12. Sonny Bill Williams,13. Richard Kahui,14. Lelia Masaga,15. Robbie Robinson

Replacements :16. Mahonri Schwalger,17. Toby Smith,18. Michael Fitzgerald,19. Tanerau Latimer,20. Tawera Kerr- Barlow,21. Andrew Horrell,22. Asaeli Tikoirotuma


1 Jamie Mackintosh (C), 2 AndrewHore, 3 Chris King, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 5 Nick Crosswell, 6 Adam Thomson, 7 John Hardie, 8 Nasi Manu, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 10 Chris Noakes, 11 Hosea Gear,12 Phil Burleigh,13 Tamati Ellison,14 Buxton Popoali'i,15 Ben Smith

Reserves :16 Jason Rutledge,17 Bronson Murray,18 Culum Retallick,19 James Haskell,20 Aaron Smith,21 Lima Sopoaga, 22 Kurt Baker

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