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Highlanders beat Waratahs in Dunedin

Article Published: Saturday 10 March 2012

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In the last two Super Rugby matches between the Highlanders and the Waratahs whoever was playing at home won the match.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

2.00: Penalty to the Waratahs for playing the ball on the ground. It's just inside the Highlanders half so they will kick for posts.

3.00: Daniel Halangahu takes the shot at goal and he nails it.

8.00: Plenty of penalties coming early on as the team's feel out each other's defence. No kickable penalties though.

13.00: Highlanders scrum under pressure from the Waratahs. Another penalty for the Waratahs. Halangahu slots it again.

15.00: Lima Sopoaga gets a break through the Waratahs defence, he pop passes to Aaron Smith who dives over the line and scores. TRY!!

15.00: Lima Sopoaga takes the conversion and Adam Ashley-Cooper goes to charge down the kick and Sopoaga hits the post! Miss - from in front!

21.00: Highlanders enjoying some good flowing rugby in their backs all over the field but somehow the Waratahs defence holds up. The Highlanders chip ahead and Pretorius has to gather the ball and take it out - 5m out.

23.00: The Highlanders have the Waratahs under the cosh. They are held up 2m out but they win a penalty. Colin Slade takes the kick as Sopaga is struggling. Slade misses.

27.00: Waratahs with the ball but they concede a penalty. Highlanders kick it out. The Highlanders are setting the pace but some of their players are struggling with injury niggles because of the pace. Hore and Nick Croswell down on either side of the field.

32.00: Highlander enjoying around 66 % possession. The game is still a bit stop start though.

36.00: Another penalty to the Waratahs. Halangahu takes the shot just inside the Highlanders half and nails it.

37.00: Slade's restart fails to go 10m so we have a scrum on the half way line.

40.00: Highlanders trying to go forward but the Waratahs concede a penalty after the hooter. They will kick for posts.

41.00: Slade takes the kick and nails it.

The half time score was Highlanders 8 Waratahs 9

The second half is underway.

43.00: The first penalty goes to the Highlanders so Slade takes the shot but misses.

44.00: The Highlanders try to clear the ball and Pat McCutchen gets to it and dives over the line and scores. TRY! In the process of scoring he has injured his ankle and will need to be stretchered off.

45.00: From in front Halangahu misses the conversion. We have a break in play while McCutcheon gets some attention.

47. 00: After a break in play the Highlanders hit back and they move the ball through the hands and John Hardie scores in the corner.

48.00: From the corner flag Slade takes the conversion and nails it. Highlanders lead for the first time.

53.00: Penalty to the Waratahs. Halangahu takes the kick and nails it which puts the Waratahs back in front.

57.00: Highlanders putting the Waratahs under plenty of pressure. Really testing their defence.

60.00: The Highlanders launch another massive attack and Gear chips through but Thomson just can't get there in time and the ball goes out.

63.00: Yet more attacking play from the Highlanders and they almost get through but Colin Slade is JUST caught in front of the posts.

66.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Slade takes the shot and nails it. He nails it. Highlanders lead again.

69.00: Highlanders are playing the game in the Waratahs half. It's all the Highlanders now.

71.00: The Waratahs are hanging on. They win a penalty but Halangahu misses.
74.00: Highlanders still camped in the Waratahs half. They are slowly going through the phases.
76.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Slade takes the kick from the touchline but misses.
80.00: The siren goes. The Waratahs have the ball and they are going through the phases in the Highlanders half.
81.00: The ball pops out and the Highlanders manage to get the ball out. Thats it Highlanders win.

The full time score is Highlanders 18 (8) Waratahs 17 (9)


Tries - A Smith, J Hardie
Pen - C Slade
Con - C Slade
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - P McCutcheon
Pen - D Halangahu 4
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee: Bryce Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 2: Garratt Williamson
TMO : Kane McBride



1 Jamie Mackintosh (C), 2 Andrew Hore, 3 Chris King, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 5 Nick Crosswell, 6 Adam Thomson, 7 John Hardie, 8 Nasi Manu, 9 Aaron Smith, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 11 Hosea Gear, 12 Phil Burleigh, 13 Tamati Ellison ,14 Kade Poki, 15 Colin Sade,

Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge,17 Bronson Murray, 18 Culum Retallick, 19 James Haskell ,20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Kurt Baker,22 Buxton Popoali'i


15. Bernard Foley , 14. Tom Kingston , 13. Rob Horne , 12. Berrick Barnes , 11. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 10. Daniel Halangahu , captain 9. Sarel Pretorius 8. Tevita Metuisela , 7. Pat McCutcheon , 6. Dave Dennis , 5. Kane Douglas , 4. Dean Mumm , 3. Sekope Kepu , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 1. Benn Robinson , vice captain

Replacements 16. John Ulugia , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Lopeti Timani , 19. Jono Jenkins , 20. Brendan McKibbin , 21. Tom Carter , 22. Brackin Karuaria-Henry

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