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Hurricanes v Highlanders - Live
80 Hurricanes 16 Highlanders 18
80 From a scrum just outside the 'Canes' 22 Trent Renata boots the ball into touch when he hears the sound of the hooter. That means the Highlanders have won this match! It was close and could have gone either way but the visitors have held on to clinch the win. The 'Canes were in it until the end and Perenara's disallowed try and Taylor's miss from the kicking tee has proved to be costly in the end.
79 Manu does well as he goes on the drive which wins his side valuable ground. The ball is recycled and comes out to Parker who puts it into touch on the edge of the home side's 22!
76 The 'Canes are hammering away at the visitors' try-line and Ardie Savea and Brad Shields are both stopped just short! Perenara spots a gap and dives over, but his effort is disallowed after consultation with the TMO! The fourth official rules that Ash Dixon has taken out a defender which opened the way for Perenara to get over the line. dixon is penalised for his efforts and Parker puts the ball out 10 metres outside his 22.
73 Taylor gets a chance to restore the hosts' lead, from the kicking tee, after the Highlanders go offside on defence, but his effort is off target! How costly will that miss be?
70 The Highlanders attack inside the visitors' 22. Bateman and Vito are prominent ball carriers but they make little headway.
68 The Highlanders are under pressure at a scrum and Perenara manages to kick the ball through as Aaron Smith has great difficulty dealing it.
65 DROP GOAL, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 16-18. The Highlanders are on the attack deep inside the Hurricanes' 22. They are met by a wall of yellow defenders and Parker opts to drop into the pocket where he slots a snap-shot from about 15 metres out!
62 Vito is in the clear down the left-hand touchline! He is confronted by Parker, just outside the visitors' 22, and kicks ahead but his effort sails directly into touch!
60 Taylor takes another shot at goal, after the Highlanders infringe at a ruck. The kick is just wide of the target, however.
57 The Highlanders put huge pressure on their hosts at the scrum. The Hurricanes'' front row is eventually penalised for illegal scrummaging and Parker puts the ball out just outside his 22.
55 Savea builds races down the touchline before kicking ahead. Aaron Smith gathers before carrying the ball over his try-line.
53 The 'Canes are stringing several phases together but make little headway. Barrett eventually kicks for territory but his effort is a poor one and is directly into the hands of Ben Smith, who calls a mark inside his 22.
50 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 16-15. Parker lands another long range effort after Toomaga-Allen is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
47 PENALTY, HURRICANES, TAYLOR! 16-12. Taylor restores the hosts' four-point lead with a well-taken three-pointer, from about 45 metres out, after Joe Wheeler is penalised for illegal play at a ruck.
44 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER. 13-12. Parker narrows the gap to a point after Levave is pinged for a ruck infringement.
41 Barret gets the second half started! His kick is gathered by Hoeata who sets up a maul just outside his 22.
40 Hurricanes 13 Highlanders 9
40 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER. 13-9. Parker adds the three-pointer after Matu'u is penalised for playing the ball on the ground. That's also the final act of the half as the referee blows his whistle to indicate half-time immediately afterwards. The sides head into the sheds and the scoreline is a fair reflection of the game so far. The sides have been evenly matched and are only separated by Perenara's try.
39 CONVERSION, HURRICANES, TAYLOR! 13-6. Barrett is receiving treatment for an injury and up steps Andre Taylor to knock the ball over the cross-bar!
38 TRY, HURRICANES, PERENARA! 11-6. Aaron Smith tries to clear from the base of a scrum but TJ Perenara knocks the ball from his grasp and regathers before crashing over the try-line.
36 The Hurricanes attack inside the Highlanders' 22 and Barrett launches a cross-field kick which Savea gathers under great pressure from Ben Smith. Savea comes down like a sack of spuds and, after checking with the TMO, referee Pepyer awards a penalty to the hosts. Barrett kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Highlanders' five-metre line.
33 Ma'afu Fia is pinged for not releasing Faifili Levave in the tackle. Barrett puts the penalty kick into touch on the halfway mark.
30 Julian Savea is put in the clear by Conrad Smith! He builds up a head of steam and is soon inside the Highlanders' 22 but is tackled into touch by Fekitoa!
29 PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 6-6. Barrett adds another three-pointer after the visitors are pinged for being offside on defence.
26 Bateman steps a couple of players and is soon inside the Highlanders' 22. The ball is recycled and comes out to Barrett, who is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Ben Smith.
23 The Highlanders try to launch an attack after Elliott Dixon wins the ball cleanly at a line-out. They are called, back, however, as Liam Coltman is pinged for a crooked throw-in.
21 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 3-6. Parker lands a place-kick, from 48 metres out, after Toomaga-Allen is penalised for straying offside at a ruck.
18 Parker stabs a grubber kick through which Barrett gathers inside his 22. He tries to clear his line but his kick wins little ground for his team and flies into touch five metres outside his 22.
16 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER. 3-3. Parker draws the visitors level, from the kicking tee, after the 'Canes are pinged for offside play.
14 The Highlanders hammer away at the Hurricanes' try-line. Several forwards have a crack at the line but are kept out by a solid defensive effort. This is epitomised by Julian Savea, who knocks the ball from Ma'afu Fia's grasp as he tries to force his way over the try-line.
12 Victor Vito takes the ball into contact, just inside the Highlanders' half but holds onto the ball on the ground. Parker puts the resulting penalty into touch on the 'Canes' 22-metre line.
9 The Hurricanes run the ball from inside their 22! Tim Bateman passes to Andre Taylor, who joins the line at pace before offloading to Cory Jane, who is tackled into touch on the halfway line by Malakai Fekitoa.
7 PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT. 3-0. Beauden Barrett opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after Jarrad Hoeata is pinged for not using his arms in a tackle.
5 The Hurricanes take the ball through several phases with their forwards inside the Highlanders' 22. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Faifili Levave and Motu Matu'u are all prominent ball-carriers.
2 Shane Christie takes the ball into contact on the 'Canes' 10-metre line. Referee Jaco Peyper penalises him for holding onto the ball on the ground and Beauden Barret puts the resulting penalty into touch 15 metres from the visitors' 22.
And we're off! Hayden Parker gets us underway with a high kick which Julian Savea gathers. He is tackled by Shaun Treeby and sets up a ruck just outside his 22.
Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has made five changes to his run-on side for this encounter. Chris King's one week suspension sees Kane Hames move back into the starting line-up. Aki Seiuli will warm the bench after being called up from club rugby as prop cover with both King and Brayden Mitchell unavailable. Liam Coltman is at hooker with Ged Robinson on the bench. Jarrad Hoeata returns to the team in what will be his 50th Super Rugby game. Shane Christie starts ahead of John Hardie on the flank. Hayden Parker makes his second start at fly-half with Lima Sopoaga still recovering from a high ankle sprain. Shaun Treeby starts ahead of Phil Burleigh at inside centre.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has made two changes to his starting line-up. Up front, hooker Motu Matu'u comes in for an injured Dane Coles while Tim Bateman replaces Alapati Leiua, who will come off the reserves bench, at inside centre. Loose forward Brad Shields is set to suit up as well, with Hammett choosing to go with a 6-2 split in the reserves this week.
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