Gear :Highlanders lacked patience against Chiefs

Highlanders interim captain Hosea says that his team lacked patience when they were forced to chase the game against the Chiefs.

The Highlanders trailed for most of the match but went ahead early in the second half only to surrender the lead again and eventually lose the match 27-41.

The Highlanders were outscored by four tries to three but their discipline was also a problem as Chiefs fullback Gareth Anscombe kicked five penalties compared to Highlanders pivot Lima Sopoaga’s three penalties.

“We were trying to move the ball but it just got away from us in the end,” Gear said after the match.

“We probably let ourselves down just trying to force that 50-50 pass where we should have just hung onto it, but those are the lessons we’ll learn.”

Chiefs co-captain Craig Clarke said that they had plenty of room for improvement as they look to build on last year’s maiden Super Rugby title for the North Island club.

“We were a bit disappointed in letting in a few tries but we’ve got a hell of an exciting team and managed to score a few points,” said Clarke.

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