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Highlanders
41
34
FT
Blues
BLU
Super Rugby
Friday 23 February 2018, 1:35am EST

Highlanders v Blues

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalFletcher Smith
    68'
  • Penalty GoalBryn Gatland
    66'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    61'
  • TRY!Teihorangi Walden
    60'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    57'
  • TRY!Teihorangi Walden
    56'
  • Yellow CardAntonio Kirikiri
    53'
  • ConversionBryn Gatland
    46'
  • TRY!Akira Ioane
    45'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    44'
  • TRY!Siate Tokolahi
    43'
  • Penalty GoalBryn Gatland
    40+2'
  • HT
  • ConversionBryn Gatland
    38'
  • TRY!Akira Ioane
    38'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    32'
  • TRY!Rob Thompson
    30'
  • ConversionBryn Gatland
    25'
  • TRY!Matt Duffie
    23'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    21'
  • TRY!Rob Thompson
    19'
  • ConversionBryn Gatland
    15'
  • TRY!Bryn Gatland
    14'
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    9'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
388
512
Metres
34
41
Carries
21
22
Defenders beaten
11
19
Clean breaks
116
151
Passes
14
11
Offloads
13
15
Turnovers conceded
6
6
Turnovers won
140
99
Tackles
22
21
Missed tackles
Highlanders T C P
15 Ben Smith 0 0 0
14 Waisake Naholo 0 0 0
13 Rob Thompson 2 0 0
12 Teihorangi Walden 2 0 0
11 Tevita Li 0 0 0
10 Lima Sopoaga 0 5 1
9 Aaron Smith 0 0 0
1 Dan Lienert-Brown 0 0 0
2 Ash Dixon 0 0 0
3 Siate Tokolahi 1 0 0
4 Jackson Hemopo 0 0 0
5 Thomas Franklin 0 0 0
6 Liam Squire 0 0 0
7 Dillon Hunt 0 0 0
8 Luke Whitelock 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Liam Coltman 0 0 0
17 Aki Seiuli 0 0 0
18 Tyrel Lomax 0 0 0
19 Dan Pryor 0 0 0
20 Elliot Dixon 0 0 0
21 Kayne Hammington 0 0 0
22 Fletcher Smith 0 0 1
23 Matt Faddes 0 0 0
Blues T C P
15 Michael Collins 0 0 0
14 Matt Duffie 1 0 0
13 George Moala 0 0 0
12 Sonny Bill Williams 0 0 0
11 Rieko Ioane 0 0 0
10 Bryn Gatland 1 4 2
9 Augustine Pulu 0 0 0
1 Alex Hodgman 0 0 0
2 James Parsons 0 0 0
3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 0 0 0
4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti 0 0 0
5 Scott Scrafton 0 0 0
6 Glenn Preston 0 0 0
7 Murphy Taramai 0 0 0
8 Akira Ioane 2 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Leni Apisai 0 0 0
17 Pauliasi Manu 0 0 0
18 Mike Tamoaieta 0 0 0
19 Patrick Tuipulotu 0 0 0
20 Antonio Kirikiri 0 0 0
21 Jonathan Ruru 0 0 0
22 Daniel Kirkpatrick 0 0 0
23 Melani Nanai 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
6 Highlanders 54 44
14 Blues 44 22
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  • FULL-TIME: HIGHLANDERS 41 - 34 BLUES A classic to start the season, no side really deserved to lose. The sin bin for the Blues proved to be the turning point. 
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  • Blues penalty! They're on halfway. One more chance... 
    79''
  • Duffie tries to combine with Melani Nanai on the right wing, but the replacement is bundled over the whitewash.  It looks bleak, and the same old story, for the Blues now. 
    78''
  • Rieko Ioane chases a kick down the left flank, with no Highlanders cover anyway to be seen. The ball just evades him, running over the sideline, there were just a few inches between that and a try which would have levelled if converted! 
    72''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY HIGHLANDERS 25 metres out and directly in front, Fletcher Smith announces his entrance tonight. Seven-point lead, restored! 41-34 
    68''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY BLUES Gatland reduces the arrears from midfield. 38-34 
    65''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS In his final involvement before he is replaced, Sopoaga gives his side the lead. 38-31 
    62''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS Thompson puts a chip up over the top and the chase is brilliant. The bounce is favourable, and Walden gathers the ball to finish off a lightning fast switch of play under the posts. 36-31 
    61''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS Sopoaga levels the contest heading into the final quarter! 31-31 
    57''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS The home side win the scrum against the head, and the Blues cannot recover! Aaron Smith, from the first furck, bullets a pass out to Teihorangi Walden who goes over unopposed. 29-31 
    56''
  • The Blues celebrate like they score a try, they've forced a turnover deep inside their own 22. 
    54''
  • Yellow Card
    SIN BIN BLUES Antonio Kiri Kiri is off for 10 minutes for dangerous contact on Sopoaga.  The Landers have a great opportunity to score here. 
    53''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION BLUES Gatland, out on the left side, produces another beautifully-struck kick. 24-31 
    47''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES The Blues race away, Michael Collins down the left side from a turnover. He turns it inside to Akira Ioane, who gets a double! 24-29 
    47''
  • TMO BLUES 
    46''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS Sopoaga from close range. 24-24 
    44''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS After Aaron Smith took a quick tap, the Landers find momentum.  Ben Smith is held just short, but Siate Tokolahi forces his way over with a nice step and then brute force. 22-24 
    43''
  • SECOND HALF KICK-OFF 
    40''
  • HALF-TIME: HIGHLANDERS 17 - 24 BLUES It's hard to believe the players on the field are making their first appearance of the year, the skill level has been unbelievable so far.  
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  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY BLUES After the Highlanders turn it over, the Blues build pressure and tacklers are caught not rolling away. Gatland will take the easy freebies this time to end the half. 17-24
    40'''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION BLUES Gatland with the simple kick. 17-21 
    39''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES Akira Ioane picks up the ball from the base of the scrum and spots a gap, and goes himself. He has too much size, too much speed, too much power to be stopped by Aaron Smith.  17-19 
    38''
  • After the Blues are held up over the line, they try to build through the forwards.  A penalty is looming, and they will pack down in an attempt to snatch the lead going into the sheds. 
    37''
  • Neither side are interested in kicking for goal it seems. The Blues go for the corner. They're five out. 
    34''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS Another good kick from Sopoaga, this one just in from touch. 17-14
    31''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS The great tries keep on coming! Thompson has a brace.  He breaks from over 40 metres out, latching on to an inside pass from Tom Franklin in what looked like a training field move. He has the speed to score in the corner! 15-14 
    30''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION BLUES Gatland with a good kick from out on the right. 10-14 
    25''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES They hit back right away! Matt Duffie half-breaks down the right flank thanks to Williams' offload, before he trades passes with opposite winger Ioane, which opens the space for him to race away and score a brilliant try. 10-12 
    24''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS Sopoaga, 15 in from touch, makes no mistake. 10-7 
    21''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS A second penalty, right in front of the posts, is shunned in favour of possession.  It pays off, as Sopoaga floats a lovely pass to Rob Thompson who glides through the Blues line and over. 8-7 
    19''
  • With the ball bouncing around after a Sopoaga chip over the top, Collins is caught lying in the ruck and is penalised. The ball is booted to the corner. 
    17''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION BLUES Gatland converts his own try from close range. 3-7 
    15''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES Gatland gets his first Super Rugby try! He drops the shoulder and steps off the right boot to ghost over the line with the Blues lining up out wide. A James Parsons break set up the field position. 3-5 
    14''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY HIGHLANDERS Sopoaga, from bang in front, puts his side ahead. 3-0  
    9''
  • Lima Sopoaga offloads after getting over the advantage line and releases Dillon Hunt, who breaks before he being felled by Michael Collins.  A penalty is coming. 
    8''
  • Bryn Gatland slices open the Landers down the blind side, making 40 or 50 metres before he is hauled down. The Blues are on the front foot! 
    5''
  • After some trading of kicks, we see the first of the Blues as an attacking entity.  Sonny-Bill Williams finds James Parsons on the right flank with an acute short pass which allows them to gain ground for the first time, but eventually the Blues struggle to gain any ground. This game has been played at 100 miles per hour so far! 
    3''
  • KICK-OFF The Highlanders get their season underway, playing towards the Zoo End. 
    1''
  • A stellar lineup of All Blacks are on display for both sides.  Ben Smith plays his first game in four months, while Teihorangi Walden earns a cap.  Matt Faddes is on the bench.  For the Eden Park men, four men are set to earn competition debuts and a further two make their respective bows for the franchise. 
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  • Super Rugby 2018 gets into full swing this weekend and the first involvement of the New Zealand conference brings two of its teams together for a mouth-watering clash. The Blues are in Dunedin to take on The Highlanders. 
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