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Highlanders
33
15
FT
Stormers
STO
Super Rugby
Friday 09 March 2018, 1:35am EST

Highlanders v Stormers

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  • FT
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    79'
  • TRY!Aaron Smith
    77'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    48'
  • TRY!Luke Whitelock
    47'
  • HT
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    33'
  • TRY!Waisake Naholo
    32'
  • Penalty GoalSP Marais
    31'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    20'
  • TRY!Aaron Smith
    19'
  • ConversionSP Marais
    16'
  • TRY!Damian Willemse
    15'
  • TRY!Chris Van Zyl
    10'
  • TRY!Liam Squire
    3'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
628
415
Metres
42
55
Carries
24
25
Defenders beaten
21
9
Clean breaks
154
157
Passes
12
11
Offloads
15
12
Turnovers conceded
9
8
Turnovers won
164
107
Tackles
25
24
Missed tackles
Highlanders T C P
15 Ben Smith 0 0 0
14 Waisake Naholo 1 0 0
13 Rob Thompson 0 0 0
12 Teihorangi Walden 0 0 0
11 Tevita Nabura 0 0 0
10 Lima Sopoaga 0 4 0
9 Aaron Smith 2 0 0
1 Dan Lienert-Brown 0 0 0
2 Liam Coltman 0 0 0
3 Siate Tokolahi 0 0 0
4 Jackson Hemopo 0 0 0
5 Thomas Franklin 0 0 0
6 Liam Squire 1 0 0
7 Dillon Hunt 0 0 0
8 Luke Whitelock 1 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Greg Pleasants-Tate 0 0 0
17 Aki Seiuli 0 0 0
18 Tyrel Lomax 0 0 0
19 Shannon Frizell 0 0 0
20 Marino Mikaele Tu'u 0 0 0
21 Josh Renton 0 0 0
22 Fletcher Smith 0 0 0
23 Matt Faddes 0 0 0
Stormers T C P
15 SP Marais 0 1 1
14 Dillyn Leyds 0 0 0
13 EW Viljoen 0 0 0
12 Damian de Allende 0 0 0
11 Raymond Rhule 0 0 0
10 Damian Willemse 1 0 0
9 Dewaldt Duvenage 0 0 0
1 Steven Kitshoff 0 0 0
2 Ramone Samuels 0 0 0
3 Wilco Louw 0 0 0
4 Jan de Klerk 0 0 0
5 Chris Van Zyl 1 0 0
6 Siya Kolisi 0 0 0
7 Kobus Van Dyk 0 0 0
8 Nizaam Carr 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Dean Muir 0 0 0
17 JC van Rensburg 0 0 0
18 Carlu Sadie 0 0 0
19 Salmaan Moerat 0 0 0
20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe 0 0 0
21 Justin Phillips 0 0 0
22 George Whitehead 0 0 0
23 JJ Engelbrecht 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
6 Highlanders 54 44
11 Stormers 50 29
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  • FULL TIME - A.Smith has the final say as he boots the ball into touch bringing the match to an end. A strong performance from the Highlanders sees them beat the Stormers 33-15 picking up all 5 competition points.
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  • Sopoaga adds the extra 2 points as he nails the conversion from close range. that will almost do it here as the clock ticks past 79 minutes.
    79''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) 33-15 Highlanders
    79''
  • It's all too easy for the Highlanders as A.Smith and Naholo combine down the blinside resulting in a second try to A.Smith who is delighted.
    78''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Aaron Smith) 31-15 Highlanders
    78''
  • The Highlanders will be desperate to pick up one more try in the final few minutes in order to secure a bonus point. They have a line-out just inside the Stormers half and this could be the opportunity they need.
    77''
  • A promising passage of play comes to nothing for the Sotrmers as Rhule loses the ball forward in an attempt to flick a pass to his outside man. This match has become very messy towards the back end.
    75''
  • Waisake Naholo gets a standing ovation as he leaves the field after a superb performance on the right wing. He is replaced by Fletcher Smith who will get to play out the final 7 or 8 minutes.
    73''
  • A great chance is lost for the Stormers as they lose an attacking line-out on the highlanders 5m line. As the ball is secured at the back of the ruck, A.Smith sets himself for a box kick.
    71''
  • Faddes throws a sloppy pass which ends up going behind Naholo and into touch. Although the Highlanders have a comfortable lead their attack is not quite clicking in the second half.
    69''
  • The Stormers invite the Highlanders onto the attack as de Allende concedes a penalty for entering the ruck from the side. Once again the line-out is messy and the Stormers come up with possession.
    66''
  • Moerat wins a penalty for the Stormers as he gets his hands to the ball at the breakdown and the Highlanders are unable to clean him off it. Willemse wastes no time finding touch as both sides continue to make substitutions.
    65''
  • Turnover Highlanders, A.Smith slices through from the base of the ruck before putting Naholo away down the right wing with a long pass which is ruled forward. Another try gone begging for the home side.
    63''
  • Matt Faddes cuts open the Stormers defence from a scrum inside his own 22m line. He puts the foot down before firing a spectacular long ball to Naholo who spills the pass with open space in front of him.
    61''
  • Impressive defence from the Highlanders as they win a turnover by forcing a collapsed maul. Nabura is tha man getting the praises as he held the ball carrier up off the ground.
    59''
  • The Stormers are enjoying a prolonged period on attack as de Allende tries to step his the rough the Highlanders defence. The Highlanders defence is holding firm as the Stormers tick past 12 phases.
    57''
  • A small victory at the scrum for the visitors as they win a penalty which relieves the pressure temporarily. Screwing the scrum is the ruling by referee Glen Jackson.
    54''
  • A golden opportunity here for the Highlanders with a scrum set to pack down in midfield 15m from the Stormers goal line. They have a big blindside available and will be difficult to defend if they can execute a set move.
    53''
  • Rhule finds himself under enormous pressure as he tracks back to his own goalline to collect a kick from A.Smith. Smith makes the tackle and Willemse is forced to make the clearing kick from his own in-goal area.
    51''
  • Frustration for the Stormers as Kolisi is penalised for obstruction as Carr accidently uses him as a blocker. The visitors find themselves defending a line-out inside their own 22 but do well to steal the line-out against the throw and clear the ball to touch on halfway.
    49''
  • Sopoaga extends the lead to 11 points as he curls the ball between the posts and converts the try from 15m to the left of the posts.
    48''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) 26-15 Highlanders
    48''
  • A brilliant line by Whitelock as he charges back on a sharp anle and splits the defence to score the Highlanders fourth try of the match.
    47''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Luke Whitelock) 24-15 Highlanders
    47''
  • Thompson shrugs off Willemse and picks up 15 easy metres before linking with Nabura who is taken to ground 20m from the tryline. Highlanders are hot on attack.
    46''
  • Willemse finds plenty of open territory as he drills a long kick down to the Highlanders 22m line. B.Smith weighs up his options before returning serve with a kick of his own.
    45''
  • The Highlanders go agonisingly close to scoring as Hemopo loses the ball just inches from the tyrline. The play started way back inside the Highlanders 22m line with Sopoaga and Nabura combining with the counter-attack almost leading to a brilliant try.
    44''
  • An early penalty goes the way of the Highlanders as Carr is pinged for using hands in the ruck. Sopoaga finds touch, but the Stormers are back in possession through a line-out steal.
    41''
  • The players have returned from the sheds and Willemse restarts play.
    40''
  • HALF TIME - The first half comes to an end with the Highlanders leading 19-15. The Stormers made a storng start to the match but slowly and surely the Highlanders have taken control and deserve their 4 point lead at the break.
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  • Try
    The crowd are filthy with referee Glen Jackson as he penalises B.Smith for crawling as the Highlanders skipper crosses the tryline under the posts. B.Smith argues he wasn't held and that is a massive call on the stroke of half time.
    40''
  • The Highlanders short passing is causing the Stormers plenty of issues as the home side continue to push numbers up in support of the ball carrier. However, on this occassion the clean-out  it too enthusiastic and Squire is penalised for clearing the man too far past the ruck.
    38''
  • A big play from Kolisi as he wins a penalty at the breakdown with the Highlanders hot on attack. Willemse can now clear the ball from the Stormers 22 and the visitors can look to keep the ball in hand and build some phases from the line-out.
    36''
  • An injury blow for the Stormers as van Zyl leaves the field with what looks to be a head knock, he is replaced by youngster Salmaan Moerat.
    33''
  • Sopoaga extends the Highlanders lead by 2 points as he knocks over the conversion from close range. This match continues to see-saw as we near half time.
    33''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) 19-15 Highlanders
    33''
  • The Highlanders exploit the blindside as A.Smith finds Naholo who tips a pass on to Thompson. Thompson shows plenty of pace to scoot down the sideline before linking up on the inside with Naholo who strolls over to score next to the posts.
    32''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Waisake Naholo) 17-15 Highlanders
    32''
  • Marais edges the Stormers back in front as he bangs over his first penalty from 30m out in front. Stormers lead 15-12.
    31''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL STORMERS (SP Marais) 15-12 Stormers
    31''
  • A strong carry from Carr as he struggles his way up to the Highlanders 40m line. The Highlanders attempt to slow the ball being recycled but concede a penalty in the process.
    30''
  • The Highlanders make a crucial line-out steal as Hemopo gets up in front of his opposite jumper. A.Smith wastes no time in clearing the ball to touch from the base of the ruck.
    28''
  • The Highlanders put themselves under more pressure as Nabura is penalised for tackling Kolisi in the air. This time marais turns down the shot at goal opting to kick to the corner.
    27''
  • The 3 points goes begging for the Stormers as Marais hooks the ball across the face of the posts. Sopoaga will restart play with a 22 drop-out.
    26''
  • Ill discipline at the breakdown from Whitelock as he concedes a penalty for using his hands at the breakdown. Marais has no hesitation in pointing to the posts and he will shoot for goal from 35m out.
    25''
  • Brilliant work at the breakdown from Ben Smith as he gets over the ball to win a penalty for his side. Rhule had made a superb high catch to retain possession from Duvenage's box-kick but his support was slow to assist him allowing the Highlanders skipper to win the turnover.
    22''
  • Sopoaga is on target this time as he curls the ball inside the left hand upright to once again level the scores after 20 minutes.
    20''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) 12-12
    20''
  • Naholo sets the stadium alight as he shows great power and speed beating 3 defenders down the right wing before drawing in the fullback and passing in-field to put A.Smith over for the try.
    19''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Aaron Smith) 12-10 Stormers
    19''
  • Marais adds the extra 2 points from 5m to the right of the posts to give the visitors a 7 point lead after 16 minutes.
    16''
  • CONVERSION STORMERS (SP Marais) 12-5 Stormers
    16''
  • The Stormers score against the run of play as Damian Willemse pounces on a loose pass from Walden and streaks 60m to score next to the posts.
    15''
  • Try
    TRY STORMERS (Damian Willemse) 10-5 Stormers
    15''
  • MISSED CONVERSION - Marais is off target as he slices his conversion attempt wide of the right hand post. The score is locked at 5-5.
    12''
  • Superb response from the visitors as Raymond Rhule squeezes a lovely pop pass round the corner to Van Zyl who carries a defender over the line to score the Stormers first try.
    11''
  • Try
    TRY STORMERS (Chris van Zy) 5-5
    11''
  • The Stormers win a turnover at the breakdown and Leyds looks to spark a counter-attack. The Stormers look keen to hold onto possession and apply some pressure to the Highlanders defence.
    8''
  • The Highlanders steal a line-out and Walden sets a target in midfield. The forwards takeover from the ruck and look to make easy metres up the middle of the field.
    6''
  • MISSED CONVERSION - Sopoaga is unable to convert they try as his attempt at goal sials across the face of the posts. A great start for the home side and they lead 5-0.
    4''
  • The Highlanders strike early thanks to some wonderful passing between backs and forwards. Great continuity eventually leaves the Stormers short of defenders allowing Squire to score off the back of a Ben Smith pass.
    3''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS  (Laim Squire) 5-0 Highlanders
    3''
  • The Highlanders are looking to build some phases as their forwards carry the ball one-off the ruck. A.Smith is marshalling his troops well at the moment and the home side look dangerous.
    2''
  • The Stormers swing straight on the attack on the back of a couple of errors from the Highlanders. SP Marais dances past a couple of defenders into the Highlanders 22 but he is isolated and concedes a penalty for holding on at the breakdown.
    1''
  • The ref blows time on and Sopoaga gets the match underway.
    1''
  • The Highlanders have named a storng backline with four All Blacks including Aaron Smith, Lima Sopoaga, Waisake Naholo and Ben Smith. The Stormers will again rely on blockbusting midfielder Damian de Allende to provide go forward and a solid platform from which the likes of SP Marais, Raymond Rhule and Dillyn Leyds can be unleashed.
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  • Welcome in to Friday night action in week 4 of Super Rugby. Tonight's first clash comes to you from Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin with the Highlanders playing host to the Stormers. The home side are looking to make it two wins from two to start their season while the Stormers will be desperate to bounce back after going down last week to the Crusaders.
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