The Highlanders lost in Dunedin tonight to the Hurricanes 26-20. The Highlanders controlled much of the match but the Hurricanes scored a try with 8 minutes to play to take the lead for the first time and this became the decisive blow for the home side. The Highlanders were again buoyed by a massive home crowd of 18,500 which added to the tension and drama that unfolded on the field.
Final Score Highlanders 20 (14) Hurricanes 26 (9)
Highlanders Tries - C Noakes, A Thomson Pen - M Delany Con - C Noakes 3 Drop - Cards -
Hurricanes Tries - F. Levave, J. Savea Pen - B Barrett 4 Con - B Barrett 2 Drop - Cards -
Match Officials Referee: Glen Jackson Assistant Ref 1:Keith Brown Assistant Ref 2:Matthew Muir TMO : Vinny Munro Teams
1. Reggie Goodes,2. Dane Coles,3. Ben May,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Faifili Levave,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Charlie Ngatai / Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c) ,14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor Replacements : 16. Motu Matu’u,17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,18. Brad Shields,19. Jack Lam,20. Chris Eaton,21. Tusi Pisi / Daniel Kirkpatrick,22. Tim Bateman / Alapati Leiua
1 Chris King 2 Andrew Hore (c) 3 Ma'afu Fia 4 Josh Bekhuis 5 Jarrad Hoeata 6 Nick Crosswell 7 Adam Thomson 8 Nasi Manu 9 Aaron Smith 10 Mike Delany 11 Hosea Gear 12 Phil Burleigh 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Siale Piutau 15 Ben Smith Replacements : 16 Jason Rutledge 17 Bronson Murray 18 Culum Retallick 19 Tim Boys 20 Jimmy Cowan 21 Chris Noakes 22 Kenny Lynn