Highlanders edge spirited Reds
Cape Town - The Highlanders have picked up their first win of the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season, beating the Reds in Dunedin on Friday.
SCORECARD: Highlanders v Reds
The Highlanders, coming off a bye in Week 1 and a loss to the Crusaders last weekend, won 20-13 after leading 9-3 at half-time.
The Highlanders scored a try through wing Waisake Naholo, while flyhalf Marty Banks was on target with four penalties. Replacement back Hayden Parker also added a penalty.
The Reds replied with a try by No 8 Jake Schatz and a conversion and two penalties by No 10 James O'Connor.
The Highlanders picked up four points for their victory and moved to third in the New Zealand Conference and seventh in the Overall standings.
The Reds picked up a point for losing by seven or fewer, but remained bottom of the Australian Conference and 12th in the Overall log.
In next weekend's Round 4 action, the Highlanders visit Hamilton to face the Chiefs (Friday, March 6 at 08:35), while the Reds host the Waratahs in Brisbane (Saturday, March 7 at 10:40).
Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jason
Emery, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu
(co-captain), 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Tom
Franklin, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
16 Liam Coltman, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Dan
Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Kurt Baker
Lachie Turner, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a,
11 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz,
7 Liam Gill, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Marco Kotze, 4 Dave McDuling, 3 Sam
Talakai, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper (captain)
16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Tom Murday, 20 Curtis
Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Campbell Magnay