Hurricanes win Wellington thriller
Cape Town - The Hurricanes beat the Highlanders in a thrilling New Zealand derby in Wellington on Friday.
As it happened: Hurricanes v Highlanders
In a repeat match-up of last year's final, the Hurricanes prevailed 27-20 after leading 17-7 at half-time.
The Hurricanes scored three tries through flanks Ardie Savea (2) and Brad
Shields. Birthday-boy Beauden Barrett added all three conversions and two penalties.
The Highlanders replied with two tries of their own through flyhalf Lima Sopoaga and prop Daniel Lienert-Brown. Sopoaga was also on target with both conversions and a penalty. Marty Banks also chipped in with a late penalty.
The Hurricanes picked up four points for their victory and moved to third in the New Zealand Conference and fourth in the Australasian Group.
The Highlanders picked a single bonus point for losing by seven or fewer points. They switched places with the Hurricanes in both the New Zealand Conference and Australasian Group.
Following the upcoming break for the mid-year Tests, the Hurricanes will host the Blues in Wellington (July 2 at 09:35 SA time), while the Highlanders travel to South Africa to face the Kings in Port Elizabeth (July 2 at 19:20).
15 James Marshall,
14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Julian Savea, 10
Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad
Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen, 2
Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reggie Goodes
Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu'u,
17 Chris Eves, 18 Lonu Uhila, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21
Jamison Gibson Park, 22 Ngani Laumape, 23 Jason Woodward
Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Matt Faddes, 12 Malakai
Fekitoa, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke
Whitelock, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3
Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19 Mark
Reddish, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23