Highlanders beat Waratahs in Sydney

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Sydney based Waratahs and the Dunedin based Highlanders both teams have won three matches each.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway. The Waratahs pass the ball back from the kick off and the pass goes to ground. Israel Folau has to chase the ball and he kicks it into touch. 

1.00: The Highlanders go on the attack in the Waratahs 22. Smith almost gets through but they Waratahs hold on. 

2.00: Penalty to the Waratahs. They kick for touch but don’t find it. The Highlanders counter attack. 

3.00: The Highlanders put the Waratahs under real pressure in their 22 and they win a penalty. Sopoaga will kick for posts. 

4.00: Sopoaga takes the penalty kick and nails it. Highlanders lead. 

7.00: Waratahs look nervous and much more in command. Foley kicks the ball into touch for territory. The Highlanders win the line out and kick across the field and then into touch. 

10.00: The Waratahs start to get their game going. Taqele Naiyaravoro almost gets through on the right but the Waratahs kick (Foley) the ball across the field and Rob Horne gets the ball and scores in the corner. TRY!  Thats the first time the Tahs have been in the Landers 22. 

12.00: Bernard Foley takes the conversion from outwide but misses. 

13.00: Ben Smith gets the ball on the atatck for the Highlanders and nearly gets through but then kicks and the ball hoes into touch. 

14.00: The Waratahs go long with the line out and the Highlanders snatch the ball. They press forward but Matt Carraro turns the ball over and the Waratahs kick for touch. 

18.00: The Waratahs win a scrum in their 22 and try to run the ball out but Aaron Smith gets an intercept and dives over to score in the corner. TRY! Ben Smith takes over the kicking duties as Sopoaga is having a concussion test. Smith misses. Highlanders lead. 

22.00: Sopoaga comes back on having passed a concussion test. The Waratahs have a penalty. Foley takes the kick and this one he nails. The scores are level. 

24.00: Sopoaga takes a chance with a drop goal. He misses. 

27.00: The Highlanders run at the Waratahs but they lose the ball to the Waratahs who lose it forward in the tackle. 

29.00: The Waratahs win a penalty on the 10m line inside the Highlanders half. Foley will kick for posts. 

30.00: Foley nails the penalty. The Waratahs lead. 

32.00: Richard Buckman gets the ball near the half way line. He is not held in the tackle and races for the line and scores. TRY! Highlanders lead. 

34.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion and nails it. 

36.00: Penalty to the Waratahs. Foley takes the kick and nails it. 

39.00: Malakai Fekitoa limps to a medic as the siren sounds and the Waratahs lose a line out. The Highlanders fumble the ball forward and the Waratahs try to attack. There is a hand in the ruck so the Waratahs have a penalty and choose a scrum. 

41.00: Highlanders get a free kick and tap it. Penalty to the Highlanders for not rolling away. 

43.00: Sopoaga takes the penalty kick but misses. 

Its half time. 

The half time score was Waratahs 14 Highlanders 15

The Waratahs kick off and the second half is underway. 

42.00: The Highlanders win the ball back and press forward. The Highlanders get to the line but they get held up. 

45.00: After a couple of resets the Waratahs get the put in at the scrum and kick for touch. The Waratahs win the line out. They win a penalty and take the quick tap. 

46.00: The Waratahs play the game at pace and press the Highlanders back but they knock on in the Highlanders 22. 

47.00: The scrum has to be reset. Highlanders retain the put in. They win the scrum and then use the box kick on the 22m line. 

48.00: The Waratahs counter attack and then win a penalty for leaving the feet. Penalty count is mounting against the Highlanders so they get a warning – next one is in the bin. 

49.00: Foley takes penalty kick and nails it. Waratahs lead. 

52.00: Naholo kicks for the corner. He chases and grabs the ball in the air and drops to score. TRY! Replays confirm the try. Brilliant finish. 

54.00; Sopoaga misses the conversion. 

55.00: The Highlanders keep the pressure up with another kick and chase and Bernard Foley has to secure the ball and carry it over the tryline. 

56.00: The Waratahs win the scrum and they get to the 22m line. They are called back but then a fight breaks out. Everyone piles in but it starts with Adam Ashley-Cooper and Malakai Fekitoa. The Highlanders go back for the penalty. They take a quick tap and drive over the line. We go to the TMO to check. Foul play is spotted in the replays – Jacques Potgieter with a swinging arm. Penalty TRY and a yellow card for Potgieter. 

57.00: Sopoaga slots the conversion. Highlanders lead by 10. 

59.00: Penalty to the Highlanders near the half way line. Sopoaga will take a shot at the posts. He misses. 

63.00: Highlanders continue to attack the Waratahs. The Waratahs knock the ball on. 

66.00: The Highlanders win a scrum but Aaron Smith is tackled by Phipps. The Highlanders recover the ball and continue with the attack, they chip the ball ahead and Peter Betham has to chase and dot the ball down behind the line. Potgieter is back on. 

68.00: The Waratahs lose another line out but the Highlanders kick the ball into touch. 

70.00: The Waratahs win the line out and work the ball into the Highlanders 22. The ball is turned over and kicked back upfield.

72.00: Dave Dennis leaves the field for the Waratahs. 

74.00: The Highlanders win a scrum and kick for touch setting up a Waratahs line out on the Tahs 22. The Highlanders steal the line out and go on the attack in the Tahs 22. 

75.00: Sopoaga goes for a drop goal and nails it.

78.00: Although the Highlanders look to have the result in the bag they continue to attack and Sopoaga chips the ball ahead and Patrick Osborne gets to the ball – beating Folau and scores the fifth TRY! 

79.00: Sopoaga misses the conversion. 

80.00: The siren sounds. Tolu Latu makes a break but is stopped and the Highlanders turn the ball over and kick it into touch. 

Thats it. The whistle goes. The Highlanders have won and are in the final. 

The full time score is Waratahs 17 (14) Highlanders 35 (15)


Tries – R.Horne, 
Pen – B.Foley 4
Con –
Drop –
Cards -J.Potgieter (57th min yellow)

Tries – A.Smith, R.Buckman, W.Naholo, Penalty try, P.Osborne

Pen – L.Sopoaga
Con – L.Sopoaga 2
Drop – L.Sopoaga 
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2: James Leckie
TMO : George Ayoub



1 Benn Robinson , 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3 Sekope Kepu , 4 Will Skelton , 5 David Dennis (C) , 6 Jacques Potgieter , 7 Michael Hooper (VC) , 8 Wycliff Palu , 9 Nick Phipps , 10 Bernard Foley , 11 Rob Horne , 12 Matt Carraro , 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro , 15 Israel Folau (VC)

Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu , 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21. Brendan McKibbin, 22 Jono Lance, 23 Peter Betham


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

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon , 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 18. Ross Geldenhuys , 19. Joe Wheeler , 20. Gareth Evans , 21. Shane Christie, 22. Fumiaka Tanaka, 23. Trent Renata 

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