Highlanders beat Hurricanes in Wellington

The first match of the 2011 Super Rugby season is the Hurricanes vs Highlanders in Wellington.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off;


The match is underway.


1.00: Josh Bekhuis gives away a penalty for offside so the Hurricanes get a penalty.


2.00: Aaron Cruden takes the kick at the posts but misses. Early nerves.


4.00: The Highlanders are pressing the Hurricanes back in their 25.  


7.00: Hurricanes get the ball back to the half way line but then they give away a penalty so the Highlanders have a shot at goal.


8.00:  Lima Sopoaga takes the shot and nails it. First Super rugby points for 2011!


11.00: The Highlanders give away another penalty so Aaron Cruden takes another shot at goal.


13.00: This time he nails the kick and the Hurricanes are on the board.


14.00: Aaron Cruden makes a break and makes good ground but as the Highlanders defend they give away a penalty. Cruden will kick for posts again.


15.00: Cruden takes the shot at goal but misses.


16.00: Cruden makes another break and is having a good game. As the support comes in they give away a penalty so the Highlanders kick for touch.


16.00: Oh. Another penalty so Stuart Dickinson has a chat to the captains about all the penalties. Highlanders will kick for posts.


17.00: Sopoaga misses the kick and the scores stay level.


18.00: Jimmy Cowan finds a gap at the back of the line out and sends Lima Sopoaga through and he darts for the line and scores !! First try.


20.00: The conversion is missed. The Highlanders are here to play.


23.00: It must be said that the crowd for the opening match is disappointing. The Highlanders have the ball on the half way line as Jamie Mackintosh knocks on.


25.00: Penalty at the scrum to the Hurricanes. David Te Moana. Aaron Cruden kicks to the corner and sets up a line out.


26.00: The Highlanders steal the ball at the line out so the opportunity is lost for the Hurricanes.


27.00: Another line out for the Hurricanes in the Highlanders 25. This time they win the line out and attack but the Highlanders give away a penalty in front of the posts. Jamie Mackintosh gets a team warning.


28.00: Aaron Cruden takes the kick from in front of the posts and slots it. Highlanders still lead though.


29.00: The Highlanders try to attack but Ma’a Nonu comes in from the wrong side and lies on the player and is duly shown the first yellow card of the season.


30.00: Lima Sopoaga takes the penalty kick and nails it.


32.00: The Hurricanes get the ball into the Highlanders half. The Highlanders however turn the ball over and run it, they knock on and the Hurricanes have the ball back.


33.00: The Hurricanes show some real intent as they attack in the Highlanders 25 but Jimmy Cowan saves the day and gets the ball and kicks for touch.


35.00: We have to take a breather for a moment due to injury as the Highlanders have a scrum about 10m out.


36.00: From the scrum the Highlanders attack, they move the ball wide at pace. They get to within 5m and Ben Smith tries to dart over but is caught. The Highlanders knock on. Hurricanes 5m scrum.


37.00: The Highlanders are showing som

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