Highlanders
Team
1. Tony Woodcock
2. Brayden Mitchell
3. Ma'afu Fia
4. Jarrad Hoeata
5. Josh Bekhuis
6. Joe Wheeler
7. John Hardie
8. Nasi Manu
9. Aaron Smith
10. Lima Sopoaga
11. Hosea Gear
12. Ma'a Nonu
13. Phil Burleigh
14. Kade Poki
15. Ben R Smith


Substitutes
16. Liam Coltman
17. Bronson Murray
18. Elliot Dixon
19. Tim Boys
20. Fumiaki Tanaka
21. Hayden Parker
22. Buxton Popoalii


27 - 41
Full Time
Blow by Blow
80 The final whistle puts an end to this entertaining game. The Chiefs started their title defence in the best way possible, but the new-look Highlanders showed enough to warn all visitors coming to Dunedin this year.
74 Penalty - A tackle without the ball as the Chiefs hack through. Anscombe slots the penalty to take the lead out to 14, and all but seal the match.
70 Penalty - Anscombe wants to put this out of reach as he lines up a penalty on the halfway line. He strikes it perfectly, and the flags go up.
66 Conversion - Anscombe slots the conversion. Can the Highlanders come back one last time?
65 Try - The end-to-end stuff continues. The Highlanders spread from touchline to touchline and look to be away, but a litlle spill and Nanai-Williams races away to score his second.
62 Conversion - Another lead change as Anscombe converts.
61 Try - Tikoirotuma gets next to a ruck, and easily steps his way past his marker. He is over for yet another five-pointer.
57 Penalty - Another breakdown, another penalty. Sopoaga stretches the lead to six, and it's all Highlanders at the moment.
49 Conversion - Sopoaga converts. 24-21 for the Landers. How good is it to have Super Rugby back on our screens?
48 Try - And now it's a try on the other side of the field. Poki is marked by two men, but like Gear before him he steps and hands off and has too much pace for anyone thinking about catching him.
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Match Stats
3 Tries 4
3 Conversions 3
2 Penalties 5
0 Drop Goals 0
Kick Stats
5 / 6 Total 8 / 9
3 / 3 Conversions 3 / 4
2 / 3 Penalties 5 / 5
Cards
0 Red Cards 0
0 Yellow Cards 0


Chiefs
Team
1. Pauliasi Manu
2. Rhys Marshall
3. Ben Afeaki
4. Craig Clarke
5. Brodie Retallick
6. Liam Messam
7. Sam Cane
8. Fritz Lee
9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow
10. Aaron Cruden
11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma
12. Bundee Aki
13. Tim Nanai-Williams
14. Patrick Osborne
15. Gareth Anscombe


Substitutes
16. Toby Smith
17. Ben Tameifuna
18. Michael Fitzgerald
19. Tanerau Latimer
20. Augustine Pulu
21. Charlie Ngatai
22. Lelia Masaga