Canes get past Highlanders
In a tense, high quality contest the Hurricanes managed a try in the final minute of the game to finally tilt a tight match in their favour as they came away 27-20 victors in Wellington.
The home side had their traditional game plan working wonders as they effectively contained any Highlanders attack early on whilst making optimal use of any chance that came their way.
After a try to Brad Shields, the Canes’ second after Ardie Savea had scored the opener, the home side enjoyed a 14-0 lead shortly after the 20 minute mark. The Highlanders were able to make the half time score 17-7 with Lima Sopoaga getting the visitors’ first try.
The Highlanders started the second half with vigour as Dan Lienert-Brown bashed over from short range. A Sopoaga penalty brought the scores level and the match would remain at stale mate until the final minute of the contest. Sustained pressure from the Hurricanes led to Ardie Savea finding a hole and bursting over for the decisive score.