For The Record

Highlanders Leading scorers

Career

PointsPlayer
942 Tony Brown
262 Lima Sopoaga
222 Jeff Wilson
214 Ben Blair
212 Simon Culhane
203 Willie Walker
182 Colin Slade
170 Nick Evans
133 Israel Dagg
105 Mike Delany
105 Adam Thomson
105 Ben Smith

Season

PointsPlayer
178 Lima Sopoaga (2014)
150 Tony Brown (2000)
142 Willie Walker (2003)
141 Tony Brown (2002)
131 Colin Slade (2013)
122 Tony Brown (2001)
111 Israel Dagg (2010)
108 Tony Brown (1999)
107 Ben Blair (2005, 2006)
104 Tony Brown (2004)
101 Colin Slade (2012)
91 Simon Culhane (1998)

Game

PointsPlayer
28 Ben Blair (Sharks, 2005)
26 Simon Culhane (Reds, 1998)
25 Lima Sopoaga (Hurricanes, 2014)
24 Willie Walker (Chiefs, 2003)
  Israel Dagg (Lions, 2010)
22 Brendan Laney (Bulls, 2001)
20 Tony Brown (Bulls, 1999)
  Tony Brown (Reds, 2000)
  Tony Brown (Sharks, 2002)
  Tony Brown (Brumbies, 2002)
  Willie Walker (Reds, 2002)
  Mike Delany (Blues, 2012)

Most points for in a season

PointsSeason
425 2014 (17 matches including play-off)
374 1998 (12 matches including semifinal)
  2013 (16 matches)
359 2012 (14 matches)
352 2002 (12 matches including semifinal)
335 2000 (12 matches including semifinal)
332 1999 (13 matches including final)
329 1996 (11 matches)

Least points for in a season

PointsSeason
221 2005 (11 matches)
228 2006 (13 matches)
235 2007 (13 matches)

Most points against in a season

PointsSeason
496 2013 (16 matches)
473 2014 (17 matches including play-off)
409 1997 (11 matches)
397 2010 (13 matches)
391 1996 (11 matches)

Least points against in a season

PointsSeason
214 2005 (11 matches)
241 2002 (12 matches)
245 1999 (13 matches)

Most tries

Career

TriesPlayer
35 Jeff Wilson
21 Adam Thomson
19 Romi Ropati
18 Ben Smith
16 Byron Kelleher, Aisea Tuilevu
14 Isitolo Maka
13 Brian Lima, Fet’u Vainikolo, Hosea Gear
12 Pita Alatini, Kade Poki
10 Jimmy Cowan, Anton Oliver, Matt Saunders

Season

TriesPlayer
10 Jeff Wilson (1998)
8 Aisea Tuilevu (2001)
  Hosea Gear (2013)
7 Brian Lima (1999)
  Ryan Nicholas (2002)
  Malakai Fekitoa (2014)
6 Brian Lima (1996)
  Jeff Wilson (1996)
  Isitolo Maka (1998 and 1999)
  Byron Kelleher (1999)
  Romi Ropati (1999)
  Fet’u Vainikolo (2008)
  Adam Thomson (2011 and 2012)

Game

TriesPlayer
3 Too Vaega (Western Province, 1996)
  Doug Howlett (Chiefs, 1997)
  Jeff Wilson (Western Stormers, 1998)
  Jeremy Stanley (Western Stormers, 1998)
  Ryan Nicholas (Bulls, 2002)
  Ben Blair (Sharks, 2005)
  Israel Dagg (Bulls, 2010)
  Adam Thomson (Rebels, 2012)
  Kade Poki (Cheetahs, 2013)

Most tries in a season - team

TriesSeason
42 2014
40 1998
  2013
39 1996
39 1999
36 2002
  2004
  2012

Least tries in a season

TriesSeason
21 2005
  2006
24 2007
27 2003

Most tries in a match

TriesAgainst
9 Bulls, 1999
8 Western Province, 1996
  Cats, 1998
  Stormers, 1998
  Bulls, 2002
7 Brumbies, 2003
  Rebels, 2012

Tryless in a match

19 occasions

Most penalty goals

Career

PenaltiesPlayer
180 Tony Brown
54 Simon Culhane
47 Ben Blair
42 Willie Walker
40 Lima Sopoaga
28 Nick Evans

Season

PenaltiesPlayer
35 Lima Sopoaga (2014)
34 Tony Brown (2000)
33 Tony Brown (2002)
32 Willie Walker (2003)
29 Tony Brown (2001)
27 Ben Blair (2006)
23 Simon Culhane (1998)
21 Tony Brown (1999)
19 Simon Culhane (1997)
20 Tony Brown (2004), Ben Blair (2005)

Game

PenaltiesPlayer
8 Willie Walker (Chiefs, 2003)
7 Simon Culhane (Reds, 1998)
6 Simon Culhane (Free State, 1997)
  Tony Brown (Stormers, 2002)
  Tony Brown (Brumbies, 2002)
  Willie Walker (Reds, 2002)
  Tony Brown (Waratahs, 2003)
  Israel Dagg (Lions, 2010)
5 Simon Culhane (Northern Transvaal, 1997)
  Tony Brown (Crusaders, 1997)

Most conversions

Career

ConversionsPlayer
137 Tony Brown
36 Lima Sopoaga
29 Ben Blair
21 Willie Walker
18 Simon Culhane, Israel Dagg
16 Nick Evans

Season

ConversionsPlayer
27 Lima Sopoaga (2014)
22 Tony Brown (2004)
21 Tony Brown (1999)
20 Tony Brown (1998 and 2000)
18 Willie Walker (2003)
17 Tony Brown (2002)
16 Tony Brown (2001)
  Ben Blair (2005)
  Israel Dagg (2010)
14 Tony Brown (1997)
  Chris Noakes (2012)

Game

ConversionsPlayer
7 Tony Brown (Bulls, 1999)
6 Jeff Wilson (Western Province, 1996)
5 Tony Brown (Natal, 1997)
  Tony Brown (Sharks, 1998)
  Willie Walker (Brumbies, 2003)
  Ben Blair (Sharks, 2005)

Most dropped goals

Career

DropgoalsPlayer
6 Tony Brown
3 Simon Culhane, Nick Evans, Brendan Laney

Season

DropgoalsPlayer
2 Simon Culhane (1996)
  Brendan Laney (1999)
  Nick Evans (2005)
  Hayden Parker (2014)

Game

No player has scored more than one.

Biggest winning margins

PointsAgainst
42 Bulls (65-23, Invercargill, 1999)
40 Reds (57-17, Dunedin, 1996)
  Sharks (45-5, Dunedin, 2002)
37 Reds (50-13, Dunedin, 2000)
  Bulls ( 54-17, Pretoria, 2002)
36 Sharks (43-7, Durban, 2005)
30 Cats (57-27, Invercargill, 1998)

Most points in a match

PointsAgainst
65 Bulls (Invercargill, 1999)
57 Reds (Dunedin, 1996)
  Cats (Invercargill, 1998)
54 Bulls (Pretoria, 2002)
52 Western Province (Cape Town, 1996)
50 Reds (Dunedin, 2000)
49 Hurricanes (Wellington, 2013)
46 Stormers (Dunedin, 1999)
45 Sharks (Dunedin, 2002)
  Brumbies (Dunedin, 2003)

Most points against

PointsAgainst
75 Natal (Durban, 1997)
70 Brumbies (Canberra, 1996)
60 Hurricanes (Wellington, 1997)
59 Northern Transvaal (Pretoria, 1996)
56 Cats (Johannesburg, 2001)
51 Blues (Pukekohe, 1996)
  Crusaders (Christchurch, 2012)
50 Chiefs (Rotorua, 2001)
  Brumbies (Canberra, 2004)
  Blues (Auckland, 2004)
  Bulls (Pretoria, 2010)

Heaviest defeats (by differential)

PointsAgainst
44 Brumbies (26-70, 1996)
35 Cats (21-56, 2001)
  Crusaders (3-38, 2007)
33 Stormers (0-33, 2010)
  Crusaders (18-51, 2012)
32 Natal (43-75, 1997)
  Brumbies (18-50, 2004)
31 Chiefs (19-50, 2001)
  Crusaders (13-44, 2011)
30 Northern Transvaal (29-59, 1996)
  Bulls (17-47, 2008)

Failed to score:

Once: Stormers (0-33, 2010)

Highlanders to have played for New Zealand

NameHighlanderNZ
Pita Alatini 1998-2000 1999-2001
Stephen Bachop 1996 1992-94
Ben Blair 2005-06 2001-02
Tony Brown 1996-2004, 2011 1999-2001
Eroni Clarke 2001 1992-93, 1998
Matthew Cooper 1996 1987,92-94,96
Jimmy Cowan 2003-12 2004-06, 08-11
Simon Culhane 1996-99 1995-96
Israel Dagg 2009-10 2010-12
Mike Delany 2008, 2012 2009
Clarke Dermody 2004-07 2006
Tom Donnelly 2004-11 2009-10
Rhys Duggan 1998 1999
Marc Ellis 2000 1992-93,95
Tamati Ellison 2012-13 2009, 12
Nick Evans 2004-07 2004-07
Malakai Fekitoa 2014-Current 2014-Current
Stu Forster 1996-97 1993-95
Hosea Gear 2012 2008-12
Rico Gear 2000 2004-07
Steve Gordon 1996 1989-91, 93
Sam Harding 2002-04 2002
Carl Hayman 1999-2007 2001-02,04-07
Paul Henderson 1996 1989-93,95
Jarrod Hoeata 2011-14 2011
Carl Hoeft 1997-2005 1998-2001,03
Andrew Hore 2012-13 2002,04-13
Doug Howlett 1997 2000-07
Richard Kahui 2006 2008,10-11
Byron Kelleher 1998-2003 1999-2007
Josh Kronfeld 1996-2000 1995-2000
Danny Lee 2003,05 2002
Isitolo Maka 1996-99 1998
Simon Maling 1997-2004 2001-02,04
Joe McDonnell 1999-2000,02-03 2002
Jamie Mackintosh 2007-13 2008
Kees Meeuws 1997-2001 1998-2004
Paul Miller 2000,02,05 2001
Craig Newby 2002,04-08 2004,06
Anton Oliver 1996-2007 1996-2007
Taine Randell 1996-2003 1995-2002
Isaac Ross 2008 2009
James Ryan 2005-07 2005-06
Colin Slade 2011-13 2010-11, 14
Aaron Smith 2011-Current 2012-Current
Ben Smith 2009-Current 2009, 11-Current
Jeremy Stanley 1998-99 1997
Paul Steinmetz 2002-03 2002
Adam Thomson 2006,08-12 2008-12
Anthony Tuitavake 2005 2008
Kupu Vanisi 1996-98 1999
Tom Willis 2000-03 2001-02
Jeff Wilson 1996-2002 1993-99,2001

Total 53, of whom 29 were playing for Highlanders when first chosen for New Zealand. The others had either played for New Zealand before becoming a Highlander or after their Highlanders stints.