Chiefs beat Highlanders in Dunedin

The Highlanders won the last match between them and the Chiefs but in the last five matches between the teams the Chiefs have won three out of the five.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off.


0.00: Chris Noakes gets proceedings under way as he kicks off for the home side.


2.00: The Highlanders gain momentum early on as they string together phases inside the visitors’ 22. The Chiefs affect a turnover, however, and are able to run the length of the field with Tim Nanai Williams dotting down for the opening try of the game.


3.00: Aaron Cruden converts the try.


6.00: The Chiefs gain momentum off the back of a defensive lineout inside their own 22. They are penalised at the breakdown, however, and Noakes will line up a kick at goal.


8.00: Noakes slots the kick, reducing the deficit.


10.00: The Chiefs feed an attacking scrum inside the opposition 22. Jamie Mackintosh is penalised for not binding and Cruden will have a kick at posts from 20m out.


11.00: Cruden slots the kick, extending the Chiefs’ lead in Dunedin.


13.00: The Highlanders work their way into the opposition 22 off the back of the restart. Aaron Smith puts in a cross kick into the corner but Hosea Gear is unable to gather and the ball rolls into touch.


14.00: The Chiefs are penalised at scrum time and the Highlanders opt to kick for the corner instead of lining up a shot at goal.


15.00: The home side are camped on the Chiefs’ line. They concede a penalty at the breakdown, however, and Cruden clears to relieve the pressure.


17.00: Gear makes a strong break up the centre of the field for the Highlanders. The home side string together phases and are able to generate quick ball as they rumble towards the line.


18.00: Mahonri Schwalger is penalised at the breakdown and Noakes will line up a kick at posts from 10m out.


19.00: Noakes slots the kick.


21.00: The Highlanders are penalised at ruck time near half way. Cruden kicks for touch.


23.00: The visitors get within 5m of the try line after a solid offload by Sonny Bill Williams. Gear makes a try-saving tackle, however, and the ball rolls into touch.


26.00: Gear makes another break for the Highlanders, who work their way up inside the opposition 22. They opt to kick into space but Robbie Robinson claims the ball and calls the mark.


29.00: Kane Thompson is penalised for a high tackle and Noakes will have a kick at posts from 30m out.


30.00: Noakes’ kick sails over, reducing the deficit.


33.00: The Chiefs work their way up inside the opposition 22 but they are unable to hold onto the ball and the Highlanders feed a scrum.


36.00: The Chiefs gain momentum off the back of a scrum on half way. Cruden kicks down field but the Highlanders gather and begin to string together phases.


37.00: Robbie Robinson breaks for the visitors and is able to cross over for their second try of the night.


38.00: Cruden is unable to convert the try.


40.00: The Highlanders feed an attacking scrum as the half time hooter sounds. They work through several phases but the Chiefs affect a steal and the home team concede a penalty at the breakdown. Cruden will line up a kick at goal from 20m out.


41.00: Cruden slots the kick as the teams head into the tunnel.


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