The Highlanders lost their seventh straight match of the season against the Brumbies in Dunedin tonight, after falling behind early in the match they spent much of the game trying to catch up. A late try brought them close, however it was a case of too little too late, Brumbies winning 30-19
The Brumbies jumped out to an early lead thanks to a Henry Speight try, while Christian Lealiifano added the conversion, followed with a penalty shortly after.
Hayden Parker kept the home fans happy, while also keeping the Highlanders in touch on the scoreboard, kicking three penalties of his own.
The Brumbies dominated much of the territory for the remainder of the first half, putting pressure on the Highlanders defence while finding gaps in the midfield. A try to Brumbies flanker George Smith five minutes out from halftime gave the visitors a healthy advantage, although Parker kicked his fourth penalty of the night as the halftime siren sounded to keep the Highlanders in the game. Brumbies 17-12 at the break.
The second half was more of the same for the Brumbies, adding quick points through penalties from Nic White and Lealiifano to stretch their lead to 23-12 before speedy wing Joe Tomane pounced on a loose ball to run in for an easy try. Lealiifano added the extras to give them a 30-12 lead.
Aaron Smith came on to score a late try with five minutes left to go, Parker landing the conversion to finish with a 100% kicking record.
Highlanders 19 (Aaron Smith try; Hayden Parker 4 penalties; Parker 1 Conversion)
Brumbies 30 (Henry Speight, George Smith, Joe Tomane tries; Christian Lealiifano 2 Penalties, Nic White 1 Penalty; Lealiifano 3 Conversions)