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  • Nonu, Gear, Dixon,
    Penalty goals: Slade (3), Sopoaga,
    Conversions: Slade, Sopoaga (2),
33 - 34

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  • Genia, Hanson, Schatz, Gill,
    Penalty goals: Cooper (2),
    Conversions: Cooper (4),
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  • 29th Mar 2013
  • KO 06:35
  • Ground: Forsyth Barr, Dunedin

Highlanders v Reds - Live

Last updated: 29th March 2013  

Full Time HIGHLANDERS 33-34 REDS

80 Genia kicks it out. That's it! The Reds beat the Highlanders on the road for the first time. It was a close one but the Highlanders ultimately were punished for too many errors. Thanks for joining us, cheers!

79 Nonu throws a speculative long pass out wide and it doesn't come off as Popoali'i was never going to catch that. Scrum to the Reds, they only need to run down the clock.

78 The Reds try keep it tight - too tight. Big Brad Thorn is on hand to shut the pick and drives down. Scrum to the hosts on halfway. It's money time.

Penalty75 The Highlanders let another opportunity slip at line-out time as Bekhuis can't hold on. Genia hacks it ahead and the Reds will have territory going into the last few minutes.

Penalty73 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA. 33-34. Yes, he's got the distance! Nearly 50m on the angle and we're back to a one-point game!

72 Penalty to the Highlanders. It's a long way out, but Sopoaga will have a go.

Penalty70 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER. 30-34. A very harsh penalty goes against the Highlanders' pack, who turned the Reds scrum but get pinged for wheeling.

Conversion68 CONVERSION, SOPOAGA. 30-31. We've got a game on our hands now! Hold onto your seats for a big finish!

TRY67 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NONU. 28-31. Cometh the hour, cometh the big man! Great move from the Highlanders as they sling it through the hands, Nonu cuts back in on the angle, beats two or three defenders and cruises over!

65 All the momentum is with the home side at the moment. The blue jerseys are going forward in every contact and are camped in the Reds half.

Conversion62 CONVERSION, SOPOAGA. 23-31. The Highlanders are back in this game!

TRY61 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, GEAR. 21-31. Whoa! Buxton Popoali'i makes a break down the right hand touchline after a great pass from Ben Smith. Gear collects the offload just short of the line and crashes over. The TMO has a look, the grounding seems suspicious but he awards the try!

59 A big scrum from the Highlanders see them win the ball back from Schatz under pressure in centre field. Why couldn't they scrum like that to prevent the try? It's all a bit scrappy and eventually Genia gets his hands on the ball and sends play back to the Highlanders' half.

Conversion56 CONVERSION, COOPER. 16-31. That's a healthy lead for the Reds. Lima Sopoaga comes on for Colin Slade for the hosts - can he spark a comeback?

TRY54 TRY, REDS, GENIA. 16-29. That's the bonus point! Schatz breaks off, feeds it to Genia, who has an easy run-in for the Reds' fourth try!

52 Another poor throw from Hore sees the Reds pinch the line-out! The visitors pick and drive their way to within 5m. The ball is stuck so a 5m attacking scrum for the Reds.

50 Another scrum penalty to the Highlanders. Slade finds touch but Hore makes a hash of his throw in. Genia produces a brilliant touch-finder and the pressure is back on the Highlanders.

48 Booooom! Ma'a Nonu drills Quade Cooper, who didn't see the big All Black coming. Cooper spills the ball so the Highlanders have a scrum in centre field.

45 A few changes for the Highlanders too, notably the addition of TJ Ioane for Dixon as the hosts seek more go-forward ball.

Penalty44 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER. 16-24. First blood in the second half to the Reds. Gill is off, Jarrad Butler takes over on the Reds openside.

42 The Reds are looking dangerous with ball in hand, consistently getting over the advantage line. They build into the Highlanders 22 until a forward pass ends the attack.

Second half Here we go for round two! Colin Slade kicks us off. The Reds take it in no problem. The standard kicking contest ends in a Reds line-out on halfway.

Half Time HIGHLANDERS 16-21 REDS

Penalty40 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE. 16-21. A big shove from the hosts earns a penalty, Smith looks to take it quickly but Thorn calls him back. Slade reduces the deficit. That's half time! It's anyone's game. We'll be back in ten.

39 16 phases from the Highlanders deep inside the Reds 22. Shipperley makes a try-saving tackle on Emery. Aaron Smith knocks on 3metres short!! Scrum to the Reds - Hore returns from the sin bin.

37 MISSED PENALTY. Slade's effort is wide. The Reds try run it back but give away another penalty on halfway. This time Slade kicks for touch.

35 The ref gas a chat with Anthony Faingaa and skipper James Horwil about the Reds centre constantly going off his feet. Last warning. Slade will have crack at goal.

33 A big break from Hosea Gear up the centre of the field cuts the Reds defence apart but the support is slow in arriving and the attack loses it's impetus.

Conversion32 CONVERSION, COOPER. 13-21. Easiest two points of the night

TRY31 TRY, REDS, SCHATZ. 13-19. It's carnage after Cooper's penalty bounces off the posts. The Highlander's defence is totally disorganised and Jake Schatz scores under the sticks!

29 MISSED PENALTY!! Cooper's kick rebounds off the upright...but the Reds can attack again from the chaos!

Yellow Card27 YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, HORE. The Reds have an eight-man overlap but can't get it out because Hore is killing it. Genia eventually tries to kick wide...the ref bring them back for the penalty, and sends Hore to the bin!

Conversion26 CONVERSION, COOPER. 13-14. The Reds are back in front!

TRY25 TRY, REDS, GILL. 13-12. The Reds rolling mauling is stopped once, but a second pod breaks off and there aren't enough numbers from the Highlanders to stop Gill from scoring!

23 The Reds are plying the pressure, camped in the Highlanders 22. Try Cooper! No! The ref brings them back for obstruction. But we'll go back for a penalty anyway.

Conversion21 CONVERSION, SLADE. 13-7. Looks like we're in for an exciting game!

TRY20 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, DIXON. 11-7. The Reds are caught napping as a penalty is taken quickly. The defence isn't organised as number eight Elliot Dixon crashes over!

18 All the possession is with the Highlanders at the moment. Buxton Popoali'i makes a good break and takes them within 5m metres!

Penalty16 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE. 6-7. It's a one-point ballgame! The Reds infringe on the deck again and Slade makes them pay. The home fly-half seems to have found a good rhythm.

14 A good break from young Jason Emery, who races up to halfway. Liam Gill tackles him and tries to pinch the ball...you can't do that! Slade finds touch from the penalty.

12 MISSED PENALTY from Cooper after two Highlanders are lazy in rolling away and impede Genia. Cooper's long-range kick is just wide to the right.

Penalty10 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE. 3-7. Colin Slade finds the mark with his first attempt after the Reds are caught offside.

Conversion8 CONVERSION, COOPER. 0-7. Decent kick from Cooperman, who seems to be full of confidence.

TRY6 TRY, REDS, HANSON. 0-5. Cooper is at the origin of the first try as he makes another break, beating a handful of defenders. He offloads inside, it comes off a Highlanders hand and bobbles around. In the confusion James Hanson flops on it, rolls over as no one holds him, collects the ball from between his legs and scores!!!

4 The Reds counter attack after Aaron Smith kicks into their 22. Cooper and Tapuai combine as the Reds race out of their half. The support play is good and the attack goes all the way to the other end of the field. 7m short now but a penalty against the Reds for not rolling away.

2 The Highlanders are keen to give the ball some air after Thorn wins the line-out. They build up to within a few metres of the Reds line but a knock on gives the visitors a chance to clear their lines.

Kick off Here we go! Quade Cooper kicks off Round 7! It goes deep. A bit of ping pong ends in a Highlanders line-out on halfway.

Team news The Reds will be without Wallaby wing Digby Ioane, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Saia Faingaa, Nick Frisby and Mike Harris, who are all injured. As a result, the Reds will field a new winger pairing in the form of Luke Morahan and Dom Shipperley in the starting XV. Flanker Liam Gill makes his return from injury and joins lock Rob Simmons in the two other changes made to the starting line-up.

Team news The Highlanders see the return of All Blacks Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock while the loss of Kade Poki on the wing is cushioned by Buxton Popoali'i coming in. Promising youngster Jason Emery meanwhile is rewarded with his third successive start - he needs Ma'a Nonu to recapture his form to help him flourish.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin where the Highlanders are still seeking their first win of the season. The Reds arrive with a fair amount of confidence after beating the Bulls last year so if the hosts do finally taste success, it won't come easily.

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