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- 29th Jun 2012
- KO 08:35
- Ground: Forsyth Barr, Dunedin
Highlanders v Chiefs - Live
Full time HIGHLANDERS 21-27 CHIEFS
81 The hooter sounds as Smith feeds the scrum. The Highlanders are chucking it about like a hot potato. 17 phases later and the Highlanders are on the Chiefs 10m line. Turnover!!!! That's it! It's all over. The CHIEFS WIN. Thanks for joining us, Cheers!
79 The Highlanders give away a free kick for an early lift at a line-out. That should be the ball game. The Chiefs choose a scrum and will try to run the clock down. But NO! The ref gives the scrum back to the Highlanders - Taumalolo pinged.
77 CONVERSION, DELANY. 21-27. Can the Highlanders sneak this one at the death?
75 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, GEAR. 19-27. Are we set for a some late drama? Delany sets it up with a good break. The heavies drive it up before Gear snipes around the fringe of a ruck to score.
74 Tameifuna is lucky not to see yellow for a no-arms hit on Phil Burleigh. He goes off anyway and Chris King comes off the bench.
72 It's getting a bit scrappy in the closing stages. The result is beyond doubt now and both teams are hunting tries.
69 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 14-27. Aaron Smith jumps the gun at a ruck and Cruden can extend the lead to 13.
67 Bad news for the Highlanders as Tamati Ellison is taken off with what looks like a serious knee injury. Buxton Popoali'i comes on.
65 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 14-24. A long-range effort from Cruden takes the lead to ten points. It's hard to see the Highlanders win from here...
63 The Chiefs engage early at scrum time and an opportunity is lost...
62 The footage is "inconclusive" so the Chiefs must jog back 50m for a 5m scrum.
61 WOW! The Chiefs are impressive with ball in hand! They take the ball 90m up with some impressive running and offloading. The ball carrier is pushed over the line in a pile of bodies. Is it a try? The TMO will decide.
60 The Highlanders are pushing hard to get back into this. Good hands from Tamati Ellison and Ben Smith as the hosts pour into the Chiefs 22. Smith pops one up for Thomson but it goes to ground. The Chiefs must defend a scrum 8m from their own line.
57 The Highlanders continue to flood the breakdown and win a penalty in their own half as Willison doesn't release. Delany doesn't find touch however and the Chiefs can counter.
55 Scrum penalty to the Highlanders this time. Delany relieves the pressure with a touch finder.
53 Mike Delany is on for the Highlanders and is called into action immediately. Robbie Robinson breaks clear and chips ahead but Delany does well to collect and the avoid the Highlanders cavalry. Scrum to the Chiefs nevertheless, 5m out.
51 Cruden's kick is wide. James Haskell enters the fray from the Highlanders bench.
50 SBW breaks clear again. The ball is spread wide but Gear intercepts! No he knocked it on. The Highlanders engage early at the scrum. The Chiefs ask for another scrum. Penalty! Mackintosh penalised.
48 Noakes sends his conversion attempt wide.
47 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, HORE. 14-21. The Chiefs win the line-out but it's knocked down beyond Kerr-Barlow. The Highlanders pile in and Hore gets its down in the carnage (at least the TMO thinks so).
46 The ref has a long word with Sonny Bill, Crosswell and the skippers. No cards, the penalty goes against SBW for a shoulder charge. The Highlanders go for touch.
45 WHOA!!! Sonny Bill Williams and Nick Crosswell have words and it starts off a huge dust up. Someone could be trouble here. SBW is not happy.
44 Bad MISSED PENALTY from Noakes, who hooks his kick from in front.
42 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 9-21. Cruden lands it from 40m out.
Second half Here we go for the second half! Cruden kicks us off. Nasi Manu is in from the side...penalty!
Half Time HIGHLANDERS 9 -18 CHIEFS
41 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 9-18. That's it for the first half. Thomson gives away a penalty after the hooter. The Highlanders have dominated possession, but the Chiefs have struck on the counter!
38 Cruden's conversion attempt is wide.
37 TRY, CHIEFS, ROBINSON. 9-15. The Chiefs strike again! Ben Tameifuna charges down Noakes. Kerr-Barlow finds to gap, then Sonny Bill takes it up and Robbie Robinson can finish off out wide!
34 The Chiefs are deadly on the counter! Another turnover deep in their 22 and Kane Thompson sends a long pass out to Asaeli Tikoirotuma, who turns on the gas. Cruden and Willison are up in support but the centre's offload inside is knocked down, deep in the Highlanders' 22.
32 The Chiefs haven't seen much of the ball in the last half-hour. You have to wonder how much longer their defence will hold out.
30 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES. 9-10. The home pivot finds the mark from long range to narrow the gap to one point.
28 The Highlanders are doing all the playing but are having to commit a lot of players to the breakdown, meaning the Chiefs have plenty of numbers in defence.
26 Hosea Gear is on fire! The busts through again to set the Highlanders away. The blues jerseys rumble forward to the Chiefs 22 but go off their feet. Cruden relieves the pressure - for now.
24 Sonny Bill Williams is such a threat! The splits the line again and it takes three men to catch him. He offloads to Nanai-Williams, who is bundled into touch in the corner. The Highlanders gather the line-out and Noakes clears.
22 Jason Rutledge is all over the park! He overdoes it a bit though and gives away a penalty. Cruden sets up the attacking line-out and the Chiefs send it wide on the edge of the home 22.
20 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES. 6-10. Mo Schwalger is penalised for playing it on the ground. Noakes splits the uprights from in front.
18 The Highlanders are doing all the playing. Gear makes another break and it takes three players to bring him down. Poki takes up the relay and the hosts drive into the Chiefs 22.
16 The Highlanders drive a maul to within 5m of the line. They're met by staunch defence though and five phases later we'll still at square one. The ref says its out and the the Chiefs pounce on the loose ball. That's sloppy by the Highlanders.
14 Oh! Let off for the Chiefs as Hosea Gear is denied by the bounce of the ball. Aaron Smith's box kick lands just in front of the tryline but it bounces too high for Gear to control. Close one!
12 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 3-10. The first scrum ends in the first three-pointer for the visitors. Easy for Cruden.
10 Oof! Jamie Mackintosh drills Jackson Willison, who is forced to hold on. It doesn't matter though as the ref comes back to a Highlanders mistake at the restart. Chiefs scrum about 15m out from the home try-line.
8 PENALTY, NOAKES, 3-7. Easy three for Chris Noakes after the Chiefs are pinged on the deck.
6 Adam Thomson is having a stormer. He wins it back again for the Highlanders! SBW gets away with a shocking high tackle on Jason Rutledge. Kade Poki is pushed into touch out wide. Line-out to the Highlanders 7m out.
4 CONVERSION, CRUDEN. 7-0. Perfect start for the Chiefs!
2 TRY, CHIEFS, NANAI-WILLIAMS. 0-5 What a try! The Chiefs turn it over deep inside their own half. Sonny Bill Williams busts clear, he offloads to Tawera Kerr-Barlow , who has Tim Nanai-Williams up in support. The winger is tackled but can stretch an arm out and score!
Kick-off Here we go! Chris Noakes kicks us off. Thomson does well to get there first and the Highlanders win it back! The hosts spread it wide with the first attack of the game.
Team news All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden has recovered from an Achilles injury and will start forthe Chiefs. Other All Blacks returning for the Chiefs are Sonny Bill Williams, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick and Hika Elliot who has been named on the bench. Tim Nanai-Williams returns from injury to play on the wing.
Team news All Blacks rake Andrew Hore is on the bench which sees Jason Rutledge start, while Tim Boys is preferred at openside flank instead of England international James Haskell. Prop Ma'afu Fia will begin the game at number three while there is a change to the backs with Kade Poki named on the right wing.
Welcome! Hello and welcome to Dunedin for this Round 16 derby clash between the Highlanders the Chiefs! The visitors will be out to avenge their early season loss to the Highlanders, which was their only defeat in their opening 10 games. They've lost just two matches all year and remain the team to beat... bad news for the The Highlanders who need to win their remaining matches to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the play-offs.
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