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Highlanders Dev XV Beat Japan A

After a bit of back and forth in the opening quarter, the Highlanders took control in the second with three well constructed tries to Renata, Franklin and Spence.  It was a great spectacle for the 400-odd crowd with some end to end running rugby. Japan showed some fight in the backs and the forwards and if it wasn't for a dropped pass here and there they would have a bit more on the scoreboard.  For the Highlanders Ensor and Moffat are the pick of the backs in the first 40mintes while Franklin and Blake played well up front. The Highlanders dominated the second half running in another six tries while the visitors managed only a solitary five pointer. Japan did everything they could to stem the onslaught but the Highlanders Development XV were on fire. For the visitors winger Kenki Fukuoka and reserve outside back Rikiya Matsuda were the standouts making big meters with ball in hand.  The best on show for the Highlanders after 80 minutes was captain Paul Grant who made some huge busts while Tony Ensor was weaving his magic from the backs.  Hayden Parker was kicking goals from all over the show finishing with a 100% record kicking over 9 conversions.
HALF TIME Highlanders Development XV: 21 Japan A: 3
FULL TIME Highlanders Development XV:63 - Japan A:10

Highlanders Development XV Named To Play Japan A

The Highlanders have named their 22 to take the field in their development game against Japan A at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.  Kick-off is 430pm and entry is via Gate D for the general public.  Entry is $5.

1. LOOSE HEAD: TUKI RAIMONA
2. HOOKER: JASON RUTLEDGE
3. TIGHTHEAD: BRONSON MURRAY
4. LOCK: TOM FRANKLIN
5. LOCK: JOE WHEELER
6. BLINDSIDE: JAKE PARINGATAI
7. OPENSIDE: HUGH BLAKE
8. NO. 8: PAUL GRANT (Captain)
9. SCRUM HALF: FRAE WILSON
10. FLY HALF/1ST FIVE: HAYDEN PARKER
11. WING: KIERAN MOFFAT
12. CENTRE/2ND FIVE: JAYDEN SPENCE
13. CENTRE: NEIL BREW
14. WING: TONY ENSOR
15. FULLBACK: TRENT RENATA
16. HOOKER: SEKONAIA POLE
17. PROP: NIC BARRETT
18. LOCK: JACKSON HEMOPO
19. LOOSE FORWARD: SOLOMON T-POLE
20. SCRUM HALF: TAYLER ADAMS
21. INSIDE BACK: PETER BREEN
22. OUTSIDE BACK: MICHAEL COLLINS

Highlanders Lose To Reds

The Highlanders lost to the Reds tonight in a close, tough encounter at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Coming from behind after a slow start, the Highlanders went within 1 point of victory to lose 34-33.
 
The Reds hit the scoreboard early, with a try to Hooker James Hanson inside the opening 10 minutes, Quade Cooper converted to put the visitors ahead 7-0.
 
The Highlanders responded with a couple of penalties to Colin Slade, before Buxton Popoalii busted out some fancy footwork to slip down the sideline, eventually leading to the Highlanders being awarded with a penalty. Aaron Smith took a quicktap to send Elliot Dixon over for the Highlanders first try, with Slade converting to put them ahead 13-7 inside the first quarter.
 
The Reds spent the next five minutes camped inside the Highlanders 22 m, before Flanker Liam Gill pushed himself across the line for a try. Cooper converted to put the visitors back in front 14-13.
 
With Andrew Hore receiving a yellow card for slowing down play, the Reds made good use of the advantage, crossing over for another try through number 8 Jake Shatz. The Highlanders closed the gap with a penalty to Slade, however still trailed by 16-21 heading into halftime.
 
An early second half penalty pushed the Reds further in front before halfback Will Genia slipped through some weak defence to go over for an easy try, Cooper adding the extras to extend their lead to 31-16.
 
Hosea Gear got the home side back on track when he crashed over for a try, finishing off a great run from Ben Smith and Popoalii who went close himself before offloading to Gear. Sopoaga, who had come on to replace Slade, converted the try to close the gap to 23-31.
 
The Highlanders further closed the gap with less than 15 minutes to go, Ma’a Nonu spinning out of a tackle to score near the posts. Sopoaga again added the extra 2 points to close it right up to 1 point, 30-31.
 
With 10 minutes left to play, Cooper pushed the Reds ahead again with another penalty before Sopoaga landed one of his own shortly after to bring it back to a 1 point margin, 33-34 to the Reds.
 
The Highlanders had the most of possession in the final moments, however errors at lineouts and poor passing cost them the chance to push for their first win of the season. The reds eventually awarded with a free-kick as the fulltime siren went off, choosing to kick the ball out and take the win 34-33.
 
 
Final Score: Reds 34 (21) Highlanders 33 (16)

Reds: 34
Liam Gill, James Hanson, Jake Schatz, Will Genia tries, Quade Cooper 4 con, 2 pen
 
Highlanders: 33
Hosea Gear, Elliot Dixon, Ma'a Nonu tries, Colin Slade con, 3 pen; Lima Sopoaga 2 con, pen

Highlanders Named To Play Reds In Dunedin On Easter Friday

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has made three changes to the starting team that played
the Chiefs in Hamilton last Friday night.

In the forwards, Highlanders Captain Andrew Hore makes his return after suffering a rib injury
against the Hurricanes in round five.  Tony Woodcock also returns to the starting XV. Liam
Coltman and Ma’afu Fia both move to the reserves.

In the backs, Kade Poki has been ruled out with a rib injury, so Buxton Popoalii moves into the starting XV.

On the reserves bench, Coltman and Fia are joined by TJ Ioane and Fumiaki Tanaka – who both come back into the 22.

Highlanders v Reds, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Friday 29 March, 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. Elliot Dixon
9. Aaron Smith
10. Colin Slade
11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain)
12. Ma’a Nonu
13. Jason Emery
14. Buxton Popoalii
15. Ben Smith
Reserves
16. Liam Coltman
17. Ma’afu Fia
18. TJ Ioane
19. Tim Boys
20. Fumiaki Tanaka
21. Lima Sopoaga
22. Phil Burleigh

Highlanders Lose To Chiefs

The Highlanders showed massive improvement against the Chiefs in Hamilton tonight, but the bounce of the ball and the rub of the green just didn't go the visitors way.  The boys will be looking foward to the Reds next Friday night when it all come together!

Final Score Chiefs 19 (13) Highlanders 7 (7)

Scorers

Chiefs
Tries - T.Nanai-Williams
Pen - G Anscombe 4
Con - G Anscombe

Highlanders
Tries - A Smith
Con - C Slade
Cards - J.Hoeata (yellow 22nd min)

Match Officials
Referee: Jonathon White
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO : Ben Skeen

Teams

Chiefs
1.Pauliasi Manu , 2.Hika Elliot , 3.Ben Tameifuna , 4.Michael Fitzgerald , 5.Brodie Retallick , 6.Liam Messam (c) , 7.Sam Cane , 8.Nick Crosswell , 9.Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10.Aaron Cruden , 11.Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 12.Andrew Horrell , 13.Tim Nanai-Williams , 14.Lelia Masaga , 15.Gareth Anscombe
Replacements : 16.Rhys Marshall , 17.Ben Afeaki , 18.Romana Graham/Fritz Lee , 19.Tanerau Latimer , 20.August Pulu , 21.Charlie Ngatai , 22.Richard Kahui/Patrick Osborne

Highlanders
1. Ma'afu Fia, 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Chris King , 4. Brad Thorn (Captain) , 5. Josh Bekhuis , 6. Jarrad Hoeata , 7. John Hardie , 8. Elliot Dixon , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Colin Slade , 11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain) , 12. Ma'a Nonu , 13. Jason Emery , 14. Kade Poki , 15. Ben Smith
Replacements : 16. Jason Rutledge , 17. Bronson Murray , 18. Joe Wheeler , 19. Tim Boys , 20. Frae Wilson , 21. Lima Sopoaga , 22. Phil Burleigh