Round 7 - Highlanders v Stormers, 28 Mar, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
- March 28, 2015
Both team were kept scoreless in the first 15 minutes as they wrestled for possession with the Stormers finally breaking the drought and mid-fielder, Juan de Jongh, crossing over for a try after being fed the ball from Super Rugby centurian, Shalk Burger. The Highlanders replied almost instantly through a counter attacking play that ended with Aaron Smith doting the ball down to draw level. The reminder of the first half continued to be an even battle until the final 10 minutes when Lima Sopoaga put the home side ahead with a penalty which was followed soon after by a 50 metre intercept try to Waisake Naholo. Naholo crossed over for another highlights reel worth try in the dying seconds of the first half after beating two defenders and running through a third to score. Sopoaga slotted all conversions and the Highlanders led 24-7 at the halftime break.
The Highlanders dominated possession and territory for the first 10 minutes of the second half and were rewarded with their bonus point try through Patrick Osborne who went over following an extended period of pressure close to the Stormers line. The home side then had to endure a long period of Stormers trademark pick and gos before the visitors scored on the 62nd minute mark. With just over 5minutes to play Dan Pryor scored his first Super Rugby try after finding himself in space 22 metres out. The Stormers manage to score a consolation try with 5 minutes to play after De Jongh went over for his second of the night following great play from the Stormer's back 3, but it was the Highlanders who had the final say with Marty Banks slotting a penalty on the buzzer to push the home team out to a 39-21 win.
HALF TIME: HIG 24 - STO 7
FULL TIME: HIG 39 - STO 21
Tries - A.Smith, W.Naholo 2, P.Osborne, D.Pryor
Pen - L.Sopoaga, M.Banks
Con - L.Sopoaga 4
Cards - A.Smith (56th min yellow)
Tries - J.de Jongh 2, M.Rhodes
Con - D.Catrakilis, K.Coleman 2