Highlanders beat Chiefs in Dunedin

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Dunedin based Highlanders and the Hamilton based Chiefs both sides have won three matches each.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

0.001: The Highlanders kick off and we are underway. 

The Chiefs win the ball back after the restart but they have to take the ball into touch. 

1.43:The Highlanders win the ball from the line out. Aaron Smith dummies and Liam Coltman has a run, the Highlanders press forward and Lima Sopoaga kicks for the corner and Patrick Osborne gets to the ball first and scores. We go to the TMO to check. No try as it has been ruled that a foot was in touch. 

3.00: The Highlanders win the ball back from the line out. They go on the attack again and Chiefs have to defend with everything they have. They concede a penalty for slowing the ball down at the breakdown. Sopoaga will kick for posts. A bit of a fight breaks out and dies down. 

5.00: Sopoaga slots the penalty and the Highlanders lead. 

6.00: After the restart the Highlanders fail to release and concede a penalty. There is another fight which dies again but the referee speaks to the captains. The Chiefs will kick for posts. 

7.00: Andrew Horrell takes the penalty kick, slots it and levels the scores. 

10.00: The Highlanders continue to press the Chiefs back in their half testing their defence. 

11.00: Highlanders territory is at 71%.

12.00: The Chiefs win the ball from a scrum and kicked upfield but then there is a knock on. There is a break in the game as a Chiefs player is down. It looks like Matt Symons. He carries on. 

14.00: Penalty to the Highlanders for the front row collapsing. Lots of niggle in this contest. The Chiefs will kick for posts. 

16.00: The Chiefs win a penalty from the scrum for the front row collapsing. They will kick for posts. 

18.00: Andrew Horrell takes the shot from 50m out but misses. The Highlanders kick the ball upfield and the Chiefs counterattack. The Highlanders are caught offside. Horrell gets another shot. 

18.00: Horrell takes the kick and this time he has the distance but its away to the left. No change in the score. 

20.00: The Highlanders go on the attack again from the halfway line. They get to about 10m out and Sonny Bill Williams puts in a big tackle which forces the knock on. 

21.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and the Chiefs work the ball upfield past the half way line but there is a knock on. 

22.00: From the scrum the Highlanders run the ball and Aaron Smith races down the wing and Waisake Nahaolo goes with him, they pass to each other and Naholo gets the final pass and scores. TRY! 

24.00:Lima Sopoaga takes the conversion kick but misses. Highlanders lead. 

28.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. Horrell lines up and slots this one. Michael Leitch comes on as replacement for Matt Symons. 

30.00: Penalty to the Chiefs but this time its in their half. James Lowe kicks for touch and sets up the line out. 

31.00: The Chiefs win the line out and work the ball into the Highlanders 22. They go through a couple of phases before the Highlanders turn the ball over. The Highlanders run the ball but Fekitoa passes to Naholo and the ball rolls out.

34.00: The Chiefs win the line out but Fekitoa reads their attack and when Horrell gets the ball he flattens him in the tackle. Knock on.

35.00: The Highanders win the ball but then chip the ball ahead.The ball goes to Damien McKenzie who breaks but gets stopped after a long run. The Highlanders win a penalty. 

38.00: After a long period of play the Highlanders knock on. Referee is not having his best game. A few funny calls and now he misses a late tackle/charge on Sam Cane. 

39.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and attack the Highlanders. They get to the Highlanders 22. The whistle goes and there is another but of push and shove. It dies down. 

40.00: The siren sounds. The Chiefs have the ball and are 5m out. The Highlanders are caught offside. Penalty in front to the Chiefs. Harsh. 

41.00: Horrell takes the penalty kick, he nails it and the Chiefs lead for the first time. 

Its half time. 

The half time score was Highlanders 8 Chiefs 9

The Highlanders kick off and the second half is underway. 

41.00: The Highlanders win the ball back after the restart. Naholo slips through the Chiefs centrefield and they keep the ball moving forward and after several phases the Highlanders go over the line. They are held up so there will be a 5m scrum. 

42.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and Aaron Smith fires the ball out to Waisake Naholo who scores his second TRY! Highlanders lead. 

44.00: Lima Sopoaga slots the conversion. 

45.00: The Highlanders win a penalty in their half from the scrum. Sopoaga kicks for touch. 

48.00: The Chiefs work the ball into the Highlanders 22. They go through 8 phases but the ball is slow. After about 14 phases they knock on. 

50.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and kick well downfield. The Chiefs counter attack and win a penalty – against Dan Pryor. Chiefs kick for touch. 

52.00.  Nasi Manu is replaced by Gareth Evans for the Highlanders. The Chiefs get the ball from the Line out and Damien McKenzie slices through the Highlanders. He is caught but the Chiefs manage to recycle and kick for touch. The ball goes out but short of the Highlanders 22. Stoppage for Fekitoa. 

53.00: The Chiefs steal the line out but the  Highlanders come up quickly and win a penalty. They kick for touch. 

56.00: The Highlanders win a penalty and will kick for posts. Sopoaga slots the penalty and extends the lead. 

57.00: The restart is a mess so there is a scrum on the half way line. 

58.00: Penalty to the Chiefs as the Highlanders (Fekitoa) go offside. They kick for touch. The Chiefs win the line out and attack in the Highlanders 22. 

60.00: The Chiefs use the pick and go over and over again and Brodie Retallick powers over the tryline for the Chiefs first TRY! 

61.00: Horrell takes the conversion kick and he curls it too much. Miss.

63.00: The Highlanders win a scrum just outside the Chiefs 22. They go through the phases but they catch the Chiefs offside at the ruck. 

64.00: Penalty in front to the Highlanders.  

65.00: Sopoaga slots the penalty as Ben Tameifuna is replaced  Siate Tokolahi for conceding that last penalty.

70.00: The Chiefs kick for touch and find it in the Highlanders 22. The Highlanders have brought on a raft of replacements. 

73.00: The Chiefs are awarded a scrum after the ball hit him. The Highlanders put in a huge scrum and win it in their 22. 

76.00: The Chiefs are keeping the ball down in the Highlanders half. They do however concede a penalty. Sopoaga kicks for touch. 

77.00: The Highlanders work the ball down into the Chiefs half. Naholo takes a chance with a drop goal but it misses and everyone is brought back for a scrum. 

79.00: The Highlanders win the scrum. They get the ball to the 22m line. The Highlanders win a penalty. Its in front. 

80.00: Sopoaga slots the penalty and the whistle goes. Thats it. 

The Highlanders have won. 

The full time score is Highlanders 24 (9) Chiefs 14 (9)


Tries – W.Naholo 2
Pen – L.Sopoaga 4
Con – L.Sopoaga 
Drop – 
Cards –

Tries – B.Retallick 
Pen – A.Horrell 3
Con – 
Drop – 
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Fraser
TMO : Aaron Paterson



1. Brendon Edmonds , 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Mark Reddish , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Dan Pryor , 8. Nasi Manu (co-Captain) , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Richard Buckman , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith (co-Captain)

Replacements , 16. Ash Dixon , 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 18. Ross Geldenhuys , 19. Joe Latta , 20. Gareth Evans , 21. Fumiaki Tanaka , 22. Marty Banks , 23. Shaun Treeby

Chiefs Team

1. Pauliasi Manu , 2. Hika Elliot – 100th Super Rugby match , 3. Ben Tameifuna , 4. Matt Symons , 5. Brodie Retallick. , 6. Michael Fitzgerald , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Liam Messam (c), 9. Brad Weber , 10. Andrew Horrell , 11. James Lowe , 12. Sonny Bill Williams , 13. Tim Nanai-Williams , 14. Bryce Heem , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Quentin MacDonald , 17. Siate Tokolahi , 18. Jamie Mackintosh , 19. Mitchell Crosswell , 20. Michael Leitch , 21. Kane Hammington – Super Rugby and Chiefs Debut , 22. Marty McKenzie , 23. Seta Tamanivalu

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