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    Chiefs beat Highlanders in Dunedin

    2017-02-24 10:19

    Cape Town - The Chiefs relied on tigerish defence and two intercept tries to get their 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign off to a winning start against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

    As it happened: Highlanders v Chiefs

    The Chiefs won 24-15 after leading 14-9 at half-time.

    The Chiefs scored two first half intercept tries through wing James Lowe and a third five-pointer by hooker Hika Elliot in the second half.

    Flyhalf Aaron Cruden added all three conversions and a penalty.

    The Highlanders replied with five Lima Sopoaga penalties.

    The Chiefs, last season's beaten semi-finalists, picked up a full-house of five points for their victory, while the Highlanders left empty-handed.

    In next weekend's Week 2 action, the Chiefs host the Blues in Waikato (Friday, March 3 at 08:35 SA time), while the Highlanders will look to bounce back when they host the Crusaders in Dunedin (Saturday, March 4 at 08:35 SA time)

    Teams:

    Highlanders

    15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown

    Substitutes: 16 Adrian Smith, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes

    Chiefs

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    Fixtures

    Friday, 31 January 2020
    • Blues v Chiefs, Eden Park 08:05
    • Brumbies v Reds, GIO Stadium 10:15
    • Sharks v Bulls, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 19:10
    Saturday, 01 February 2020
    • Sunwolves v Rebels, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium 05:45
    • Crusaders v Waratahs, Trafalgar Park 08:05
    • Stormers v Hurricanes, Cape Town 15:05
    • Jaguares v Lions, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 23:40
    Friday, 07 February 2020
    • Highlanders v Sharks, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:05
    • Brumbies v Rebels, GIO Stadium 10:15

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