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- 15th Mar 2013
- KO 06:35
- Ground: Forsyth Barr, Dunedin
Highlanders v Hurricanes - Live
80 It's all over in Dunedin then. Burleigh's inside ball was jumped on by a Hurricane which led to the visitors seeing out the closing seconds to record their second straight win. Tough on the Highlanders who are now 0 and 3 this season. Stay with us for live coverage of the Waratahs vs Cheetahs, next!
79 The Highlanders lose Mitchell to injury and due to Hore going off early, Lima Sopoaga comes on and packs down on the flank. Here come the Highlanders for what may be their last chance. 20 metres out!
77 They still have possession and territory though...well, they did before accidental obstruction from a line-out leads to the ball being turned over. What an annoying mistake for Jamie Joseph to swallow.
75 Off the post from Slade! The 'Canes remain four points ahead.
73 Buxton Popoalii is leading the comeback charge for the Highlanders with a good run leading to the home side winning a penalty. Gear was the creator for that one before Perenara was caught not rolling away.
72 BARRETT PENALTY! 19-23! Massive kick from the ten. Wide out and from distance he keeps his cool.
70 Most of both sides' benches are now on by the way as we enter the final ten minutes. Fumiaki Tanaka puts in after that 'Canes fumble before Slade kicks long to Taylor. The tension mounts in Dunedin.
66 BARRETT PENALTY! 19-20! It leads to three points after a Highlanders player goes off their feet.
62 Gear has been incredible today and just made yet more metres for his side, leading from the wing in the absence of captain Hore. His break earns his side a lot of territory but it's a 'Canes put in.
60 An hour gone at Forsyth Barr Stadium in what's been an enthralling clash so far. Bring on the next 20.
57 SLADE PENALTY! 19-17! The lead changes hands again.
56 The Hurricanes are now offside so this is a chance for Slade to put his side back in front.
54 Not straight from Matu'u so it is more possession and territory for the Highlanders. Thorn now takes it up and bounces off Barrett ten metres out. Can they recycle and score on the right? No, it is a knock-on from the onrushing Eaton in defence so it's a five-metre scrum coming for the home side.
53 The fly-half follows that up by kicking the ball out on the full after it was taken back into his 22. Here come the Highlanders with B Smith feeding Emery who could be over in the corner. The TMO says he was just in touch but it was one heck of an effort to ground in the right corner. Hurricanes line-out.
51 The extras are missed by Barrett.
50 PERENARA TRY! 16-17! There you go. What strength shown by the young scrum-half as he bumps off Hardie and then Poki for a much-needed try that could lead to the 'Canes moving into a three-point advantage.
49 You can almost script it. Back come the Hurricanes now with an attacking line-out of their own just fifteen out. Perenara looks for runners and finds Vito and then replacement Andre Taylor going left.
47 SLADE PENALTY! 16-12! They get a second bite of the cherry though with an attacking line-out on the 22 that leads to a penalty going their way. Slade can add to his tally here from the tee...he succeeds.
41 Welcome back to this one-point ball game. Slade gets us back underway before Savea claims the return from A Smith. The Hurricanes look to spread play from the outset but Lowe soon has a foot in touch.
40 The half ends with sustained pressure on the Highlanders line. However, Vito was the villain of the piece as he knocked on ten metres out. What a first 40...make sure to stay with us for the second!
39 Barrett atones for that miss with a line break that leads to the 'Canes being on the front foot, ten metres out from the whitewash with numbers on the left. They go there but Perenara spills it over the line so it will be a defensive scrum on their own line for the home side. Massive set-piece here.
37 SLADE CONVERSION! 13-12! Simple enough.
36 GEAR TRY! 11-12! Weak from Barrett as Gear comes off his wing from first-phase and goes through the fly-half for a much-needed try before the interval. The kick will hand the lead back to the home side.
35 Encouraging for young Emery as he shows calmness in attack on the Hurricanes 22 before finding Gear. That passage ends with the 'Canes fumbling at the ruck so the Highlanders have a five-metre scrum.
33 BARRETT CONVERSION! 6-12! Excellent from the touchline.
32 B FRANKS TRY! 6-10! What a finish from the loosehead prop. From number eight Vito's short pass on the left wing, Franks bumped off the last man and dived over in the left corner. He will love that one
29 SLADE PENALTY! 6-5! The Highlanders lead.
28 This is better from the Highlanders as Emery turns the ball back inside to B Smith in the 'Canes 22. Now they go wide and eventually the offside is called by Pastrana so it'll be a simple shot for Slade.
23 Ben Smith is cutting his usual lines from 15 but unfortunately for him the supporting players have hands in the cookie jar so the 'Canes can kick long to the opposition 22. Matu'u's throw is pinched.
20 A reprieve for the Highlanders though as Lowe is penalised at the breakdown so the hosts can move up to halfway with a line-out coming up. Mitchell throws...it is ugly but works out well in the end.
18 The 'Canes are looking to hit back and almost do just that with C Smith chipping over down the right wing before a nice bounce almost lands in the hands of Shields. The flank can't hold it over the line so it will be a Highlanders scrum five metres from their own line. The 'Canes look very threatening.
16 SLADE PENALTY! 3-5! It didn't even get going in the end as referee Francisco Pastrana blows against the Hurricanes for dropping it. Slade looks to open his account then from distance, which he does.
14 Highlanders ball now though with a scrum about to be set on the 'Canes ten-metre. Mitchell has started well by the way with two solid line-out throws in the bank. Now, his first scrum against Matu'u.
12 More good news for the Hurricanes as they win a relieving penalty on their own 22 as Thorn is pinged for going off his feet at ruck time. The 'Canes move up to halfway then with a line-out coming up.
10 Hore has been replaced by Brayden Mitchell for the duration it seems.
9 Barrett misses the conversion from wide out.
8 C SMITH TRY! 0-5! They are over! After Brad Shields was held short before the line on the left wing, the ball was recycled and the centre crashed over in the resulting phase. Great start for the 'Canes.
7 Here come the Hurricanes now with wing Leiua again involved as they take it to the home 22. From the early sparring it seems the visitors are making ground the easier here at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
5 Highlanders ball again, this time on halfway with scrum-half Smith looking for options off the side of the ruck. Phase after phase from them but they aren't really going anywhere and fumble it soon after.
3 It was end-to-end there in a spell that ended with Marshall breaking but having the ball stripped from his grasp by in-form full-back Smith. Net result, it's a Highlanders scrum just inside their own 22.
Here we go then. Slade gets us going in Dunedin with Alapati Leiua returning well. Now here's Ben Smith countering with Emery wanting the ball on his inside. It's an open start that's for sure.
The Highlanders hand young centre Jason Emery his debut while Colin Slade is at fly-half. Elliot Dixon starts at number eight while Jarrad Hoeata comes in at lock. For the Hurricanes, Andre Taylor drops to bench duty as James Marshall starts at full-back. Motu Matu'u wears number 2 in place of Dane Coles.
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