Chiefs beat Highlanders in Dunedin

2012 Super Rugby Champions the Chiefs kick off their Super Rugby title defence in Dunedin against the Highlanders at the Forsyth Barr Stadium

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


Steve Walsh blows his whistle to start the match. He is wearing a lovely pink outfit. Seriously. Gareth Anscombe kicks off and we are underway.


2.00: The Chiefs start well and work the ball into the Highlanders half. They knock on so the Highlanders have a scrum which they win and Lima Sopoaga kicks for territory.


3.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. It is kickable and they will go for posts.


4.00: Gareth Anscombe takes the penalty and nails it. The Chiefs lead.


6.00; The Highlanders survive some early attack from the Chiefs but they turn it around and fight back. The Chiefs knock on so we have another scrum.


9.00: The Chiefs look slick and dangerous when they have the ball. They start their attack but a pass to Asaeli Tikoirotuma drifts forward and we have a scrum. They concede a penalty in the scrum (Pauliasi Manu,went to ground) so Lima Sopaga kicks for touch.


11.00: The Highlanders enjoy their best spell of play yet. They flirt with the tryline and the pressure pays off as they win a penalty and then take the quick tap. After a couple of phases Ben Smith rolls and twists through a tackle and scores!. TRY. Lima Sopoaga’s line made that try but Smith had great hands.


12.00: Lima Sopoaga adds the conversion and the Highlanders lead.


14.00: WOW. The Chiefs have a scrum and they win the bal and pass it to Tim Nanai-Williams who beats Nonu and races away leaving everyone in his dust and scores the Chiefs first TRY. Great pace.


15.00: Gareth Anscombe adds the conversion and the Chiefs lead again.


18.00: Tawera Kerr-Barlow is caught offside so the Highlanders have a penalty which they use to kick for touch and set up a line out. Bekhuis is beaten by Brodie Retalick and the Chiefs have the ball on attack.


20.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. Anscombe will kick for posts again.


21.00: Anscombe nails the penalty and extends the lead.


22.00: The Chiefs get the ball on attack and they slice through the Highlanders defence sucking in defenders one by one. Somehow the Highlanders defence scrambles and saves the try. The Chiefs are looking hot.


23.00; Penalty to the Chiefs. Anscombe lines up again and he nails it again.


26.00: The Highlanders are trying to get into the game. They work the ball into the Chiefs half and earn a scrum. They win the scrum and attack but they can’t get through the Chiefs defence.


27.00: After several phases the Highlanders get some space on the wing but the Chiefs push Kade Poki into touch.


29.00: The Chiefs are attacking again. They vary the attack and kick deep but the ball rolls behind the dead ball line and out. We go back to the half way line. Chiefs are looking good already folks.


30.00: Penalty to the Highlanders from a scrum for going to ground. The Highlanders will go for posts.


31.00: Lima Sopoaga takes the shot but it drifts wide.


33.00: Sam Kane falls awkwardly following a tackle from Aaron Smith and leaves the field for a concussion test. Tanerau Latimer comes on as replacement.


35.00: While the Chiefs look strong in most departments their scrum is struggling. They concede another penalty for

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