Highlanders hold off Brumbies

2011-04-01 10:17

Cape Town - The Highlanders have beaten the Brumbies in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Rugby Park in Invercargill on Friday.

The Highlanders won 26-20 after leading 15-7 at half-time.

The Highlanders scored three tries through hooker Jason Rutledge (2) and prop and skipper Jamie Mackintosh. Flyhalf Colin Slade kicked a conversion and a penalty while replacement No 10, Tony Brown, was successful with two penalties.

The Brumbies replied with tries by flyhalf Matt Giteau, centre Andrew Smith and replacement scrumhalf Patrick Phibbs. Giteau added a conversion and a penalty.

The Highlanders picked up four points for their victory and moved to second in the New Zealand Conference and fourth in the overall standings.

The Brumbies left with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but stayed in third place in the Australian Conference. They moved to ninth overall.

In next weekend's Round 8 action, the Highlanders are at home against the Cheetahs, while the Brumbies welcome the Hurricanes to Canberra.



15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Siale Piutau, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Mo Schwalger, 17 Halani Aulika, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 Aaron Smith, 21 Tony Brown, 22 James Paterson

15 Matt Toomua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Salesi Maafu, 2 Huia Edmonds, 1 Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Dan Palmer, 18 Colby Faingaa, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Tyrone Smith, 22 Franky Fainifo


  • Jaco - 2011-04-01 10:23

    This is the worst Brumbies team in Super rugby history. I'm sure Andy Friend is smiling from ear to ear.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 10:35

      Jaco - for once we can agree. Sterling Mortlock kry net so lekker.

  • Tokozaan - 2011-04-01 10:28

    is it me or they becoming the wooden spooners this year?

      BCC - 2011-04-02 06:18

      No, that would be the Lions or the Cheeters

  • No.7 - 2011-04-01 10:36

    Miserable kicking and giving away kickable penalties to the opposition is what let the Brumbies down today. 1/3 conversions and 1/4 penalties!? Those 13 points would've won the game for them - EVEN if the Highlanders had succeeded to get their 2 missed conversions! My weekend predictions are off to a bad start... Come on Waratahs!!!

  • rugby_guru - 2011-04-01 10:45

    Was a good game, and Brumbies had many chances at scoring more tries.. Good defense from the Highlanders.. Brumbies looking better. PS on the money with my superbru picks

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-01 11:26

      Me 2 :) down to the points difference :) Started well, and looking good halftime Tahs/Chiefs.

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