Highlanders beat Hurricanes in Wellington

Out of the last ten Super Rugby matches between the Wellington based Hurricanes
and the Dunedin based Highlanders the Dunedin side have won six and the Wellington
side four matches.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. Ardie Savea has been ruled out so Callum Gibbins starts. After 124 matches it will come down to this one match. Highlanders will be in their traditional blue and yellow. Home teams as a record of winning 15 losing 4 in Super Rugby finals.

0.001: Lima Sopoaga kicks off and we are underway. The Hurricanes kick the ball almost straight into touch.

1.00: Highlanders win the line out and start their attack.

2.00: After launching several attacks the Highlanders lose the ball and the Hurricanes counter attack. The Hurricane make about 15 m and the Highlanders turn the ball over and they win a penalty. It’s early but the Highlanders look good.

3.00: Lima Sopoaga lines up the kick and he nails it. The Highlanders lead.

5.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes for offside after some attacking play by the Hurricanes. Beauden Barrett will kick for posts.

7.00: Barrett misses so the scores stay the same.

9.00: Penalty again to the Hurricanes. Nasi Manu going off his feet. Barrett kicks for touch and the line out. The Hurricanes win the line out and attack the Highlanders on their 22.

10.00: The Hurricanes lose the ball forward and it is retrieved by Aaron Smith who takes it over the tryline and dots the ball down. 5m scrum.

12.00; The scrum collapses. It is reset and the Hurricanes win the scrum. The Hurricanes send wave after wave of attack at the Highlanders line. Barrett almost goes over but is short. The Hurricanes win a penalty for offside. Highlanders are on a warning.

13.00: The Hurricanes call for a 5m scrum.

14.00: The Hurricanes front row collapses and the Highlanders win a penalty. Big moment for the Highlanders scrum. Sopoaga kicks for touch.

16.00: The Hurricanes run at the Highlanders but Julian Savea is tackled and loses the ball. Ben Smith starts the attack and the Highlanders move the ball through the hands. Waisake Naholo breaks down the wing but passes the ball to Conrad Smith.

19.00: The Highlanders win the ball back and go through the phases and after a Ben Smith break they get to the 5m line. He is caught and the Hurricanes turn the ball over, they run the ball and then boot upfield. Patrick Osborne starts the attack from deep again.

20.00: Richard Buckman almost gets through with an intercept. The Highalnders recycle and Sopaga goes for a drop goal but misses. This is being played at an incredible pace – its like a sevens game.

21.00: The Highlanders win a line out. They run it initially and then kick high. The Hurricanes miss the ball and then regather it. After a couple of phases the Hurricanes win a penalty and kick for touch and the line out.

22.00: The Hurricanes win the line out. They get the advantage and continue their attack. We go back for the penalty for tackling a player in the air. Barrett will kick for posts. Everyone looks grateful for the break.

24.00: Barrett lines up the kick and this one he misses too.

26.00: Penalty to the Highlanders near the half way line. Sopoaga lines up the kick – he nails it from 49 m out.

29.00: The Hurricanes win the ball from the kick off. They work the ball to the Highlanders 22. The Highlanders turn the ball over and kick deep.

30.00: The Hurricanes launch their counter attack. Milner-Skudder and Nonu make ground. The Hurricanes continue to press forward.

31.00: Conrad Smith almost gets through and the Hurricanes get to the 5m line but knock on.

33.00: The Highlanders win the scrum, Sopoaga boots upfield, Perenara breaks and ge

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