The Highlanders went down to the defending champions tonight in front of 17,500 of the southern faithful.  The match was full of energy with both teams giving the ball plenty of air, with the Chiefs run out eventual winners 41-27.

Scorers: Chiefs 41 (Tim Nanai-Williams 2, Patrick Osborne, Asaeli Tikoirotuma tries; Gareth Anscombe 3 conversions, 5 penalties), Highlanders 27 (Ben Smith, Hosea Gear, Kade Poki tries; Lima Sopoaga 3 conversions, 2 penalties). HT: 16-14.

Highlanders: 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Brayden Mitchell, 3. Ma’afu Fia, 4. Jarrad Hoeata (vc), 5. Josh Bekhuis, 6. Joe Wheeler, 7. John Hardie, 8. Nasi Manu, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 11. Hosea Gear (c), 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Phil Burleigh, 14. Kade Poki, 15. Ben Smith
Reserves: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. Elliot Dixon, 19. Tim Boys, 20. Fumiaki Tanaka, 21. Hayden Parker, 22. Buxton Popoalii

Chiefs: 1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Ben Afeaki, 4. Craig Clarke, 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Liam Messam, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Fritz Lee, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12. Bundee Aki, 13. Tim Nanai-Williams, 14. Patrick Osborne, 15. Gareth Anscombe
Reserves: 16. Rhys Marshall, 17. Ben Tameifuna, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Tanerau Latimer, 20. Augustine Pulu, 21. Charlie Ngatai, 22. Lelia Masaga