On a mild night in Invercargill the Highlanders turned a cold start into a super hot finish to beat the Rebels 43-12 to collect their first 4-try bonus point win of the season tonight. The Highlanders went into the shed with a 12 points on the scoreboard, the same as the Rebels, but seven trys in the second half saw the home team run out convincing winners. Adam Thomson starred for the Highlanders scoring three tries and he was supported by a forward pack that dominated the majority of the match. Ben Smith was another standout, assisting Thomson with his efforts across the line and bagging a brace of tries himself.
Final Score Highlanders 43 (12) Rebels 12 (12)
Tries - B. Smith 2, A. Thomson 3, K. Poki, J. Mackintosh
Con - C. Noakes 4
Cards - D. Tietjens (yellow)
Pen - J. O'Connor 4
Cards - L. Johansson (yellow and white),
Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1: Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 2: Lourens vd Merwe
TMO: Kane McBride
1. Jamie Mackintosh (c), 2. Jason Rutledge. 3. Chris King, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 5. Jarrad Hoeata, 6. Adam Thomson, 7. James Haskell, 8. Nasi Manu, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Chris Noakes, 11. Hosea Gear, 12. Shaun Treeby, 13. Tamati Ellison, 14. Kade Poki, 15. Ben Smith.
Reserves: 16. Brayden Mitchell, 17. Ma'afu Fia, 18. Culum Retallick, 19. Doug Tietjens, 20. Jimmy Cowan, 21. Phil Burleigh, 22. Buxton Popoali'i.
1. Nic Henderson, 2..Adam Freier, 3. Laurie Weeks, 4. Luke Jones, 5. Hugh Pyle (vc), 6. Jarrod Saffy, 7.Tom Chamberlain, 8. Gareth Delve (c), 9. Nick Phipps, 10. James O'Connor, 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. Lloyd Johansson, 13. Lachlan Mitchell, 14. Mark Gerrard, 15. Kurtley Beale.
Replacements: 16. Ged Robinson, 17. Rodney Blake, 18. Alister Campbell, 19. Michael Lipman, 20. Nic Stirzaker, 21. James Hilgendorf, 22. Julian Huxley