The Highlanders suffered their second loss of the season going down to the Stormers 21-6 at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight. The Stormers scored two tries and played an aggressive style of Rugby which laid the foundation for the win. Highlanders pivot, Chris Noakes, kicked two penalties for the home side.

It was a special night for Jimmy Cowan and Jason Rutledge who both bought up milestones; Cowan played his 100th game for the Highlanders and Rutledge his 50th.

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Jimmy Cowan pictured with former All Black Captain and NZRU Board Members, Graham Mourie, who presented Cowan with a Mere for reaching the 100 game milestone.

Final Score Highlanders 6 (6) Stormers 21 (15).

Scorers

Highlanders
Pen - C. Noakes 2

Stormers
Tries - G. Aplon, J. Pietersen
Pen - J. Pietersen, P. Grant 2
Con - P. Grant
Cards - T. Liebenberg (yellow)

Match Officials
Referee:Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1: Keith Brown
Assistant Ref 2: Kane McBride
TMO: Vinny Munro

Teams

Highlanders
15. Ben Smith, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Tamati Ellison, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Chris Noakes, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. James Haskell, 6. Adam Thompson, 5. Jarrad Hoeata, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 3. Chris King, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Jamie Mackintosh (c).
Replacements: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Ma'afu Fia, 18. Culum Retallick, 19. Doug Tietjens, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Buxton Popoali'i, 22. Phil Burleigh.

Replacements: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Ma'afu Fia, 18. Culum Retallick, 19. Doug Tietjens, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Buxton Popoali'i, 22. Phil Burleigh.

Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean De Villiers (c), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker (vc), 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Brok Harris, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nic Koster, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever.

 

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