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Reds v Highlanders - Live
full-time Reds 19 Highlanders 13
80 The Highlanders take the ball through 12 phases and are camped in front of the Reds' try-line. Aaron Smith throws a pass to Jamie Mackintosh, who is back on the field. The Highlanders skipper is isolated and is soon pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground. From the resulting penalty, Genia hoofs the ball into touch and that is the final act of the match. The Reds cling onto victory and their bid to retain their title is still on! Their defence in that last five minutes was impressive although the Highlanders deserve credit for making a game of this and being in it until the death.
78 Greg Holmes is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Aaron Smith kicks for touch and puts the ball out midway between the halfway mark and the Reds' 22.
77 The Highlanders try to launch an attack from inside their 22 but a pass from Noakes to Ben Smith is ruled forward by the referee.
74 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, KING! 19-13. Chris King barges over from close quarters to narrow the gap to five points. Noakes misses the conversion.
73 Cooper is penalised for deliberately knocking down a pass from Siale Piutau inside the Reds' 22. Chris Noakes puts the ball into touch on the Reds' five-metre line.
71 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS! 19-8. Harris adds the extras after the Highlanders concede another penalty within goal-kicking range.
68 Lucas does well when he manages to hold his nerve and offload to Shipperley after receiving a long-pass from Cooper. This despite the attentions of Gear who puts in a big hit on the full-back.
66 Cooper weaves his magic from an attacking scrum on the edge of the Highlanders' 22. He does well to create space for Harris who is stopped just short of the try-line. Scott Higginbotham tries to go over from the ensuing ruck but Manu does well to hold him up.
63 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, THOMSON! 16-8. The gamble pays off when Thomson barges over the line shortly after Nasi Manu is stopped just short of the line.
62 Genia is penalised for being offside at the scrum. Once again the Highlanders' stand-in captain Andrew Hore indicates that they will take the scrum.
60 The Highlanders attack close to the Reds' try-line but are awarded a penalty when Anthony fails to release a tackled player. The Highlanders opt to take a scrum.
58 CONVERSION, REDS, HARRIS! 16-3. Harris steps up and succeeds with a difficult spot-kick from up against the touchline!
57 TRY, REDS, SLIPPER! 14-3. James Slipper gets an easy run-in and rounds off in the corner after taking a pass from Adam Wallace-Harrison.
55 Harris gets a chance to extend his side's lead after Nick Crosswell is pinned for playing Genia without the ball at a ruck. His effort is pushed wide of the uprights though and the visitors get out of jail.
53 The highlanders make another change in their back-line with Kenny Lynn replacing Burleigh.
51 The Highlanders try to launch an attack from a line-out just inside the Reds' 22 but for the second time Hore's throw-in is not straight.
49 Gear takes the ball into contact inside the Reds' 22 and tries to offload. His pass is, however, into the hands of Anthony Faingaa who does not capitalise on this mistake though.
47 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS! 9-3. Mike Harris adds another three points after the visitors are penalised for a ruck infringement.
45 The Reds do well when they pin the Highlanders inside their own 22. Nasi Manu tries to run his side out of trouble but is bundled into touch by two defenders.
43 The Reds infringe at a ruck just inside the Highlanders' half and Aaron Smith puts the ball into touch on the edge of the home side's 22.
41 The Highlanders have made two changes during the break with Cowan and Mackintosh being replaced by Aaron Smith and Chris King respectively while for the Reds, Radike Samo is on for Beau Robinson.
40 Delaney gets the second half started. The ball is gathered by the Reds' forwards who immediately set up a ruck.
Half-time Reds 6 Highlanders 3
40 From a scrum inside the Highlanders' 22, the Reds attack through Harris who is stopped in his tracks by Burleigh.The hosts set up a copule of phases with their forwards until the ball comes back for Harris to try to land a drop-goal. his effort is a poor one and is well wide of the uprights. Refereee Jonathan Kaplan blows his whistle to indicate half-time. The first half has been a scrappy affair highlighted by several infringements at the rucks. Hopefully the second half will be far more entertaining.
39 The Highlanders do well at a scrum inside their 22 and the inside backs create space for Burleigh to put the ball into touch.
37 Cooper puts Lucas into a gap but he is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from James Haskell close to the halfway mark.
34 F'Sautia does well when he races through a gap but pulls up close to the halfway line when he pulls his hamstring! He is soon off the field and replaced by Ben Lucas who slots in at full-back while Morahan moves to the left wing.
32 From the restart Genia fiields and kicks for touch. His effort is charged down by Nick Crosswell but the Highlanders gain little from it as the ball rolls into touch.
31 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS! 6-3. Mike Harris extends his side's lead when Andrew Hore is pinned for an infringement at a ruck.
28 Cowan throws a long pass inside his own 22 to Hosea Gear. It's a risky move as Cooper almost intercepts it! However, he knocks on and the Highlanders gain a reprieve.
26 The Highlanders do well when they win turnover ball inside their half and Burleigh kicks the ball upfield! Cooper fields the ball inside his 22 and passes to Luke Morahan who puts the ball into touch close to the halfway line.
24 Jake Schatz takes the ball into contact inside the Highlanders' 22. However, he soon loses possession when the visitors' forwards come to the fore with fine counter-rucking. This allows Cowan to clear his line with a kick into touch.
22 The Highlanders try to attack with their backs close to the Reds' 22 but the hosts' 18-year-old wing, Chris F'Sautia, does well when he dispossesses Phil Burleigh whe he tries to offload to Kade Poki.
20 The Reds are on the attack inside the Highlanders' half but are called back when Greg Holmes throws a forward pass to Saia Faingaa.
18 Quade Cooper is penalised for being offside. Delaney kicks for touch and the Highlanders can attack from a line-out close to the Reds' hafway line.
16 Delaney gets a chance to regain the lead for his side - when the Reds are pinned for a ruck infringement - but his effort is wide of the uprights.
15 The Reds are penalised for side-entry at a ruck and Cowan opts to take a quick tap-penalty.
13 Josh Bekhuis does well when he catches Genia in possession at the base of a ruck. Genia knocks on and the visitors get the put-in at the scrum.
11 Rob Simmons does well when he wins line-out possession on a Highlanders' throw-in inside the Reds' 22. The ball comes out to Genia, who launches a box-kick which Hosea Gear fields.
10 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS! 3-3. Mike Harris drwas the home side level after one of the Highlanders is pinned for playing the ball on the ground.
7 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, DELANEY! 0-3. Mike Delaney adds the easy three points on offer to open the scoring.
6 The Highlanders are on the attack inside the Reds' 22 until Scott Higginbotham is penalised for playing Jimmy Cowan without the ball at a ruck. Delaney indicates that he will take a shot at goal.
4 The Highlanders are awarded a penalty within kicking range when James Slipper infringes at a scrum. The visitors opt to take another scrum.
2 The Highlanders are awarded a penalty when the Reds' forwards enter a ruck from the side. Mike Delaney puts the ball into touch on the edge of the Reds' 22.
Kick-off Quade Cooper gets us started with a kick which the Highlanders fail to control. The ball comes out on the Reds side and Will Genia soon spins out a pass on the blindside to Dom Shipperley.
Team News Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made five changes to his starting XV. He has a new halfback combination with Mike Delany starting in place of Chris Noakes at fly-half while Jimmy Cowan takes over from Aaron Smith at scrum-half. Siale Piutau is at 13 for Tamati Ellison who injured a hamstring against the Chiefs last week. Up front, Andrew Hore comes back into the starting line-up in Jason Rutledge's place at hooker and James Haskell takes over from Tim Boys on the flank.
Team News The Reds have made one enforced change for this clash with Beau Robinson replacing the injured Liam Gill on the openside flank.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the second game of Super Rugby, Round 17. We are in Brisbane today for the meeting between the Reds and Highlanders, with the former looking to keep the pressure on the Brumbies at the Australian conference summit. A bonus-point win would put them top, if only temporarily, while the Highlanders' are down to needing a miracle if they are to make the knockout stages. Team news is coming up so don't go anywhere...!
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