Chiefs hold off Highlanders
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Super Rugby defending champion Chiefs have beaten the Highlanders in their all-New Zealand derby in Hamilton on Friday.
The Chiefs won 19-7 after leading 13-7 at half-time.
The Chiefs scored a try through centre Tim Nanai-Williams, while fullback Gareth Anscombe added the conversion as well as four penalties.
The Highlanders replied with a try by scrumhalf Aaron Smith and a conversion by flyhalf Colin Slade.
The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory to cement their spot atop the New Zealand Conference.
The Highlanders left empty-handed and remained bottom of both the NZ Conference and Overall standings.
In next weekend's Round 7 action, the Chiefs host the Blues in Mount Maunganui (Saturday, March 30 at 08:35), while the Highlanders welcome the Reds to Dunedin (Friday, March 29 at 08:35).
15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Nick Crosswell, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu
Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshal, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Romana Graham, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 August Pulu, 21 Charlie Ngatai, 22 Richard KahuiHighlanders:
15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 John Hardie, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn (captain), 3 Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Substitutes: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Joe Wheeler, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Frae Wilson, 21 Lima Sopoaga, 22 Phil Burleigh