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Highlanders Lose To Kings

Final Score Southern Kings 34 (20) Highlanders 27 (17)

Scorers

Southern Kings
Tries - L.Watson 2, C.du Preez, S.Venter
Pen - D.Catrakilis 2
Con - D.Catrakilis 3

Highlanders
Tries - C.Slade, B Thorn, S.Treeby, H.Gear
Pen - C.Slade
Con - C.Slade 2
Cards - (Tamati Ellison 51st min)

Match Officials
Referee: Jason Jaftha
Assistant Ref 1:Sindile Mayende
Assistant Ref 2:Christie du Preez
TMO : Johann Meuwesen

Teams

Southern Kings
George Whitehead, Marcello Sampson, Ronnie Cooke, Andries Strauss, Siyanda Grey, Demetri Catrakilis, Shaun Venter, Schalk Ferreira, Bandise Maku, AN Other, Wimpie van der Walt, Steven Sykes, David Bulbring, Luke Watson (captain), Cornell du Preez.
Replacements: Virgile Lacombe, AN Other, Daniel Adongo, Devin Oosthuizen, Nicolas Vergallo, Shane Gates, SP Marais.

Highlanders
Ben Smith, Tino Nemani, Tamati Ellison, Shaun Treeby, Hosea Gear, Colin Slade, Aaron Smith, TJ Ioane, John Hardie, Jarrad Hoeata, Josh Bekhuis, Brad Thorn, Chris King, Andrew Hore (capt), Tony Woodcock.
Replacements : Liam Coltman, Maafu Fia, Mose Tuialii, Joe Wheeler, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Jason Emery

Highlanders Beat Sharks

The Highlanders opened the match with a new found determination on attack, although the Sharks matched this with an aggressive defensive effort.
 
JP Pietersen received a yellow card in the sixth minute, for deliberately knocking the ball down when the Highlanders were hot on attack. Aaron Smith opted for a quick tap, that ultimately led to nothing. Colin Slade attempted a penalty goal three minutes later, unluckily hitting the posts.
 
Shaun Treeby opened the scoring for the Highlanders in the tenth minute when he pounced on a cheeky grubber kick, Colin Slade adding the conversion to give the home side a 7-0 lead. The Sharks responded moments later when Meyer Mosman ran in for an easy try between the posts, Patrick Lambie converting to lock the scores up at 7-7.
 
Lambie grabbed the lead for the Sharks in the 28th minute, kicking a penalty after spending a lot of time pressuring the Highlanders defence close to the tryline. Slade had the opportunity to draw the scores back level moments later, although he hit the posts again with his attempt.
 
The Sharks further extended their lead to 15-7, five minutes out from halftime. Lwazi Mvovo finishing off a nice break, outpacing Ben Smith to score a try in the corner. Lambie’s conversion attempt from out wide hit the post.
 
Slade had another penalty shot to pull the home side closer heading into halftime, however he was off target and pushed the ball wide of the posts.
 
The Highlanders hit the board early in the second half when Aaron Smith took a quick-tap penalty, with a great result this time, as he ran in for a try. Slade added the extras to bring them within one point of the visitors. Slade kicked a penalty minutes later to give the Highlanders a 17-15 lead.
 
Another penalty goal by Colin Slade in the 51st minute pushed the Highlanders five points clear of the visiting South Africans, before Colin Slade added a try to his list for the night, finishing off a well worked Highlanders run started by Ben Smith to give the home side a 25-15 lead.
 
Meyer Bosman added a second try to his tally for the night with 20 minutes to play, finishing off a long passage of play where the Sharks spent a lot of time pressuring the Highlanders defence close to the line. Lambie added the conversion to close the gap up to 25-22.
 
The Sharks spent much of the remaining quarter inside the Highlanders 22m, pressuring the home sides line, but ultimately coming out second best. Brad Thorn received a yellow card late it the match which gave the Sharks a one player advantage, although they could not break the determine Highlanders defence.
 
The Highlanders claiming their first victory of the season 25-22, while giving Brad Thorn extra reason to celebrate following his 100th Super Rugby Match.
 
Sharks 22 (Meyer Bosman 2, Lwazi Mvovo Tries; Patrick Lambie 2 Conversions;  Lambie Penalties)
 
Highlanders 25 (Shaun Teeby, Aaron Smith, Colin Slade Tries; Colin Slade 2 Conversions; Colin Slade 2 Penalties)

Highlanders Named To Play Sharks

Brad Thorn will run out onto Forsyth Barr Stadium for his 100th Super Rugby appearance tomorrow night.
He joins fellow Highlander Chris King who also reached this significant milestone in 2013.

Thorn made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders in 2001 and played 92 games for the red & blacks
up until the end of 2011.  Thorn linked with the Highlanders in 2013 and he joins a small and illustrious
group of centurions, with only Anton Oliver (127 games), Jimmy Cowan (108), Tony Brown (108)
and Chris King (102) also to reach the milestone while playing for the southern franchise.

Highlanders' Head Coach Jamie Joseph said of Thorn:  "Brad is a great player who brings a work ethic like no other.  He's a natural leader within our environment, and he has added a massive amount to our leadership group this season".

Highlanders Chief Executive Roger Clark said: “On behalf of the Highlanders franchise, and all those who support Brad, we offer our congratulations on achieving 100 Super Rugby games.  He brings up this milestone in a Highlanders jersey with his family in attendance, which is special for all of us”.
 
Jamie Joseph has made four changes to the starting team that played the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday 20 April.  The Highlanders forward pack remains unchanged from the eight that started against the Crusaders.  In the backs, Colin Slade starts at 10 and Hayden Parker moves back to the reserves. Ma’a Nonu has been ruled out through injury, bringing Shaun Treeby back into the starting XV in his place.  Tamati Ellison makes a long awaited return from a shoulder injury and he will start at centre.  Phil Burleigh will start on the right wing.

Highlanders v Sharks, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Saturday 4 May, 7.35pm (NZ Time).
1. Tony Woodcock
2. Andrew Hore (captain)
3. Chris King
4. Brad Thorn
5. Josh Bekhuis
6. Jarrad Hoeata
7. John Hardie
8. TJ Ioane
9. Aaron Smith
10. Colin Slade
11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain)
12. Shaun Treeby
13. Tamati Ellison
14. Phil Burleigh
15. Ben Smith
Reserves
16. Liam Coltman
17. Ma’afu Fia
18. Elliot Dixon
19. Joe Wheeler
20. Fumiaka Tanaka
21. Hayden Parker
22. Jason Emery

Highlanders Lose To Crusaders

The Highlanders have lost their eighth game of the season, 24-8, against a determined Crusaders side tonight. Playing well in patches, although ultimately getting pushed around too much at scrum time and failing to make the most of opportunities.
 
The Crusaders spent much of the opening quarter camped inside the Highlanders 22m, although a yellow card to Owen Franks for throwing a punch at Jarrad Hoeata halted their progress. The Highlanders failed to make use of the advantage however, Tyler Bleyendaal eventually grabbing a penalty to give the home side the lead.
 
Hayden Parker was given the chance to draw the scores level in the 21st minute, unluckily missing a difficult shot at goal.
 
Bleyendaal added a couple more penalties as the Crusaders continued to spend a lot of time inside the Highlanders half, before Robbie Fruean added to the Highlanders misery when he touched down for a try just out from halftime.  Bleyendaal added the conversion to give the Crusaders a 16-0 lead at halftime.
 
The Highlanders started the second spell with added enthusiasm, wasting little time in getting close to the opposition tryline. Constant pressure on the Crusaders line allowed Jason Emery to help himself to his first try in Super Rugby, Parker hitting the posts with his conversion attempt.
 
The Highlanders continued to try things, although a committed Crusaders defence mixed with problems in the lineouts and scrums, made it hard for the visitors to add any advantage. The Crusaders eventually stretching their lead to 19-5, thanks to another Bleyendaal penalty.
 
Colin Slade came on to replace Hayden Parker for the remaining quarter, adding an instant spark with a cheeky cross-field kick, before closing the gap to 8-19 shortly after through a penalty goal.
 
The remainder of the match was reduced to a forwards game as scrum resets began to dominate proceedings. Tom Taylor went on to seal the win for the Crusaders with a try five minutes out from fulltime, Bleyendaal missed the conversion but the win was all but assured for the home side.
 
TJ Ioane again showed his class at this level, while Ben Smith was solid as ever at fullback. Debutant Tony Ensor had a quite night at wing, although he got himself involved later in the match and can be happy with his first outing.
 
Crusaders 24 (Robbie Fruean, Tom Taylor tries; Tyler Bleyendaal Conversion, 4 Penalties)
 
Highlanders 8 (Jason Emery Try; Colin Slade Penalty)

Highlanders Named To Play Crusaders

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has made six changes to the starting team that played
the Brumbies in Dunedin last Friday night.

In the forwards, Tony Woodcock and Chris King both come back into the front row, with
Jamie Mackintosh and Ma’afu Fia joining the reserves.  In the middle row, Josh Bekhuis
comes back into lock alongside Brad Thorn.  Mose Tuiali’i has sustained a knee
injury, so TJ Ioane will start at number 8 and Jarrad Hoeata moves to the blindside flank.

In the backs, Aaron Smith comes back into the run-on XV and Jason Emery returns to centre.  Tony Ensor gets his first start for 2013 on the right wing.

Highlanders v Crusaders, AMI Stadium, Christchurch – Saturday 20 April, 7.35pm (NZ Time).
1. Tony Woodcock
2. Andrew Hore (captain)
3. Chris King
4. Brad Thorn
5. Josh Bekhuis
6. Jarrad Hoeata
7. John Hardie
8. TJ Ioane
9. Aaron Smith
10. Hayden Parker
11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain)
12. Ma’a Nonu
13. Jason Emery
14. Tony Ensor
15. Ben Smith
Reserves
16. Liam Coltman
17. Ma’afu Fia
18. Jamie Mackintosh
19. Elliot Dixon
20. Fumiaka Tanaka
21. Colin Slade
22. Jake Paringatai