Replacement first five Chris Noakes kicked a crucial penalty with 6 minutes to play to give the Highlanders their fourth win of the season in Wellington tonight. Colin Slade was impressive in his first start of the season, scoring a try near the posts midway through the first half. The visitors went to the break one point down, but a strong second half gave the Highlanders opportunity to convert points which they took. The final score was 19-17. The Highlanders next face the Brumbies in Canberra.

Final Score Hurricanes 17 (14) Highlanders 19 (13)
Scorers
Hurricanes
Tries - C Jane
Pen - B Barrett 4

Highlanders
Tries - C Slade
Pen - C Slade 4, C Noakes
Con - C Slade

Match Officials
Referee: Bryce Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Keith Brown
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Fraser
TMO : Richard Kelly

Teams

Hurricanes
1. Ben May,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor
Replacements :16. Motu Matu’u,17. Michael Bent,18. James Broadhurst,19. Brad Shields,20. Chris Eaton,21. Daniel Kirkpatrick,22. Charlie Ngatai

Highlanders
1 Jamie Mackintosh (C) 2 Andrew Hore 3 Ma'afu Fia King 4 Josh Bekhuis 5 Nick Crosswell 6 Adam Thomson 7 John Hardie 8 Nasi Manu 9 Jimmy Cowan 10 Colin Slade 11 Hosea Gear 12 Phil Burleigh 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Kade Poki 15 Ben Smith
Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge 17 Bronson Murray 18 Culum Retallick 19 James Haskell 20 Aaron Smith 21 Chris Noakes 22 Buxton Popoali'i

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