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- 12th Apr 2013
- KO 08:35
- Ground: Forsyth Barr, Dunedin
Highlanders v Brumbies - Live
Full time HIGHLANDERS 19-30 BRUMBIES
80 All over as the Brumbies stay top, good spirit from the Highlanders at the end but they remain winless, seven losses now this season and they are rooted to the bottom of the table. Heartening win for the Brumbies after the draw with the Kings last week. That's all the Super Rugby action for today - see you tomorrow for all of Saturday's matches.
78 Highlanders trying to attack from deep within their own half, win the penalty at the breakdown. Up to halfway with the lineout. Nonu carries, quick hands to the right as Gear attacks. Strong finish from the hosts. Ball lost though as the hooter sounds, Toomua thumps it out.
75 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, AARON SMITH! 19-30 Great dummy from Smith who has worked hard on since he came on, going round Sio for the score. Parker converts.
72 Missed kick to touch from the Brumbies and Gear counters. Highlanders pressing as Gear skips out of a tackle, penalty to the Highlanders who kick to the corner.
70 Highlanders keeping it tight as the Brumbies defence holds. Ball is loose but the hosts recover, Gear driven back outside the 22. Excellent defence from the Brumbies, Nonu on his own as the Highlanders go backwards. No real depth in the attack as we reach 20 phases, Ioane thumped by Toomua and the Brumbies win the penalty. Great work from the visitors.
67 Highlanders now attack, Parker finding space. Advantage and Smith taps and goes, inside the Brumbies 22. Another penalty for not being 10 metres - Highlanders opt for the scrum.
65 Highlanders struggle again in the contact area to lose possession. Brumbies attacking but the ball's going nowhere, Highlanders scrum right on the 22 metre line. Brumbies still hunting that bonus point try.
63 Lealiifano strikes it and the ball curls but fades away as it nears the posts. Parker trying to break out for the Highlanders - loose ball though at the ruck and Carter pounces, Mogg's kick pinning the Highlanders back on their 22.
60 Brumbies lineout and Auelua carries - the visitors looking for that fourth try. Scrum advantage as the Highlanders knock on - Toomua juggles and the grubbers but Ben Smith's clearance means the Brumbies attack again. Mowen with a carry and the Highlanders don't roll away - penalty to the Brumbies.
58 Brumbies keeping it tight with multiple phases, but they concede the penalty and Parker will clear... but not into touch. Mogg goes high, gathered by Hore but the hooker is driven into touch.
55 Penalty to the Brumbies and Nic White will go for a very long-range shot here. Just short under the posts but a good effort from 56 metres.
52 TRY, BRUMBIES, TOMANE! 12-30 Brumbies scrum in midfield, Aaron Smith snaffling the ball but Gear's kick down the left is ineffective. Brumbies lineout - stolen by Bekhuis. Big tackle on Burleigh and the ball is loose, Tomane picks up and scampers away for the try! Call being checked by the TMO as Sio might be offside right back before the turnover... fine by the TMO, that's a try! Lealiifano converts.
50 Highlanders attack through Hardie but the ball is lost, Speight clearing long and putting pressure on Ben Smith. Two changes as Sio and Auelua come on.
47 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 12-23 More troubles for the Highlanders at the scrum and Lealiifano adds another three points. Tanaka replaced by Aaron Smith.
45 Knocked on by Gear, scrum to the Brumbies just inside the Highlanders half. Free kick tapped by Mowen, Brumbies building the phases but the ball goes forward just outside the Highlanders 22.
43 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, WHITE! 12-20 Long range effort from Nic White and the Brumbies stretch their lead.
40 Poki replaced by Jason Emery as the second half starts. Highlanders lineout nearly halfway - early charge for the hosts just outside the Brumbies 22. Tuiali'i with another carry - Brumbies clear their lines though and win a penalty on the halfway line.
Half-Time HIGHLANDERS 12-17 BRUMBIES
40 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 12-17 No problem for the 22-year old as the Highlanders stay in touch at half-time. A good opening for the Brumbies but indiscipline has cost them, the Highlanders unlucky not to be ahead after that disallowed try in the corner. Physical game with the Brumbies edging the contest, second half coming up.
39 Penalty to the Brumbies as the scrum spins, cleared to the Brumbies 10 metre line. Mogg kicks high, Tomane knocking on trying to regather. Mowen goes offside as the Highlanders attack, Ioane interchanging with Thorn. Brumbies both off their feet and in at the side at the breakdown, Parker to go for goal again as the hooter sounds.
37 Very impressive attempt by Gear, on his back, reaching over the top to place the ball down. He appears to have enough control but the TMO rules that he has lost control and the ball has gone forward. Brumbies scrum.
35 Alexander penalised for not binding, Highlanders lineout near the Brumbies 22. Hardie with the ball at the base, quick hands to the right as Nonu crashes through White, but a poor pass forces the Highlanders back. Poki bursts and then Hardie steps through defenders - advantage over as Gear goes for the line... don't think he got it down. TMO checking.
33 Little chip kick from Toomua works perfectly as Kuridrani attacks down the right. Nonu slaps the ball out and so it's a scrum to the Brumbies.
31 TRY, BRUMBIES, G.SMITH! 9-17 Tuiali'i misjudges a high kick and Kuridrani bundles Parker into touch, 5 metre lineout to the Brumbies. Guess who... George Smith! Try off the back of the maul to the Brumbies! Lealiifano converts.
29 Loose lineout and the Brumbies have possession once again. Scrum advantage around 15 metres out, kick through from Toomua goes nowhere and the Highlanders will drop out.
27 Mowen from the base as the Brumbies attack, penalty though to the Highlanders after Lealiifano goes off his feet. Parker clears.
24 Brumbies scrum in the Highlanders half - moving into the Highlanders 22 through Alexander. Good press defence from the Highlanders who try to run it out of their 22, but the pass goes forward. Pressure on Mogg from Poki to force the turnover, pressure from George Smith forcing the forward pass.
22 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 9-10 Parker goes three from three as the Highlanders continue to cut the deficit. Good response after the first six minutes.
20 Fine clearing kick by Parker puts the Brumbies back near their 22. Nonu's grubber down the right wing is scrappy but the Highlanders retain possession - good ball retention as Tuiali'i makes some metres. Dropped by Hoeata but another penalty to the Highlanders, Parker to go for goal.
17 Mogg's high kick is gathered by Ben Smith but Parker can't find touch - Toomua running the ball back. Brumbies unable to make progress and so Mogg will clear - Ben Smith charged down by George Smith but the Brumbies knock on trying to regather. Highlanders scrum.
15 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 6-10 Mowen penalised for being off his feet at the breakdown, looks like a harsh call. Parker steps up and adds another three to cut the deficit to four.
13 Mogg returns the ball with interest but is thumped back by Nonu, Brumbies still in possession inside the Highlanders half. Grubber through from White is gathered by Ben Smith, Tanaka clearing with the box kick as far as Tomane. Speight has another fine burst down the right wing. Highlanders clear but only briefly, until Tanaka hits White and the Highlanders clear their lines, Mogg kicking into touch.
11 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 3-10 Over it goes from Parker to put the Highlanders on the board.
9 Good carry from Brad Thorn and the Highlanders win a penalty as the Brumbies go offside. Parker going for goal.
7 Hosts looking to respond - Tuiali'i with the initial break as they attack in the Brumbies 22. John Hardie penalised however for going off his feet and the Brumbies can clear.
5 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 0-10 The long attempt is settled by Lealiifano and the Brumbies have a comfortable lead. Worrying signs for the Highlanders.
3 George Smith providing more exceptional work at the breakdown, snatching Parker and getting on his feet to force the penalty. Inside the Highlanders half and Lealiifano will go for goal.
2 TRY, BRUMBIES, SPEIGHT! 0-7 Steal for the Brumbies and Nic White's long kick is knocked on by Hosea Gear and reclaimed by Stephen Moore. Good attacking position for the Brumbies outside the 22 - wide ball to Speight who hands off Gear and scores! Poor tackle attempt from Gear, checked by the TMO and Speight's score is a good'un. Lealiifano converts.
Kick-Off Hayden Parker gets things underway as the Highlanders establish field position on halfway. Parker's kick is easily taken by Henry Speight and Jesse Mogg clears into touch near halfway.
Weather A clear night in Dunedin means good conditions. Here we go.
Team news Brumbies loose forward Jordan Smiler will make his Super Rugby debut - Smiler is one of five changes to the starting line-up, with Matt Toomua (fly-half), Jesse Mogg (full-back), Andrew Smith (outside centre), Sam Carter (lock) and Stephen Moore (hooker) also set to return.
welcome Hello and welcome to Dunedin for Friday's only Super Rugby clash between the winless Highlanders and Australian Conference leaders the Brumbies.
Team news All Blacks duo Aaron Smith and Colin Slade have been moved to the bench. Smith has been replaced at scrum-half by Fumiaki Tanaka while Hayden Parker will start at fly-half in Slade's place. Jarrad Hoeata, who started at blindside flank in last weekend's defeat to the Blues, moves back into the engine room, joining Brad Thorn as his locking partner.
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