Highlanders leave it late to tame Brumbies
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Highlanders heaped more pressure on Australian rugby with victory over the Brumbies in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Canberra on Saturday.
As it happened: Brumbies v Highlanders
The Highlanders won 18-13 after trailling 10-5 at half-time.
The Highlanders, missing a number of key players, scored two tried by
wing Patelesio Tomkinson and replacement prop Aki Seiuli. Replacement pivot Marty
Banks added two penalties and a conversion.
The Brumbies replied with a single try by flank Chris Alcock, while flyhalf Wharenui Hawera added the conversion and a penalty.
The Highlanders picked up four points for their victory, but remained bottom of the highly competitive New Zealand Conference.
The Brumbies left with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points and stretched their lead atop the Australian Conference.
In next weekend's Round 6 action the Brumbies have a bye while the Highlanders welcome the Rebels to Dunedin (Friday, March 31 at 08:35 SA time).
Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James
Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris
Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2
Robbie Abel, 1 Nic Mayhew
Substitutes: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Scott
Sio, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Lolo
Fakaosilea, 22 De Wet Roos, 23 Jordan Jackson-Hope
Ben Smith (captain), 14 Patelesio Tomkinson, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12
Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 Aaron Smith, 8
Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex
Ainley, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Joe
Wheeler, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Matt