The Highlanders started their 2012 Super campaign with a win in Hamilton tonight against the Chiefs.  The Chiefs went into the halftime break with a 7 point lead.

Highlanders replacement halfback Aaron Smith crossed the chalk in the 63rd minute to swing the momentum and lead back to the Southern Men with 17 minutes on the clock.

Jamie Joseph decisively went to the bench with 20 minutes remaning, and this gave the Highlanders the impetus they needed to notch up their first win of the 2012 season.

Halftime: Chiefs 19 (L Masaga 1 Try, A Cruden 3 Pen 1 Con) - Highlanders 9 (C Noakes 3 Pen)

Final Score: Highlanders 23 (A Smith 1 Try, P Burleigh 1 Try, C Noakes 3 Pen 2 Con)

Highlanders
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 Jimmy Cowan
10 Chris Noakes
11 Hosea Gear
12 Phil Burleigh
13 Tamati Ellison
14 Buxton Popoali’i
15 Ben Smith
 Reserves
16 Jason Rutledge
17 Bronson Murray
18 Culum Retallick
19 James Haskell
20 Aaron Smith
21 Lima Sopoaga
22 Kurt Baker
Head Coach – Jamie Joseph, Assistant Coach – Simon Culhane & Manager – Leicester Rutledge

Chiefs
1.Arizona Taumalolo
2.Hika Elliot
3.Ben Afeaki
4.Craig Clarke
5.Brodie Retallick’
6.Liam Messam (c)
7.Sam Cane
8.Fritz Lee
9.Brendon Leonard
10.Aaron Cruden
11.Tim Nanai-Williams
12.Sonny Bill Williams
13.Richard Kahui
14.Lelia Masaga
15.Robbie Robinson
16.Mahonri Schwalger
17.Toby Smith
18.Michael Fitzgerald
19.Tanerau Latimer
20.Tawera Kerr- Barlow
21.Andrew Horrell
22.Asaeli Tikoirotuma

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