Highlanders Blow Stormers Away

Forsyth Barr Stadium saw an epic Super Rugby 39-21 victory for the Highlanders over the Stormers on Saturday.  Kick off took place with Lima Sopoaga as the visitors secured possession of the ball.  After missing a penalty the away side scored their first try in the 19th minute thanks to Juan De Jongh.

Demetri Catrakilis followed it up with a conversion giving then a seven point lead.  The Landers followed suit a few minutes later when Ben Smith got a sneaky five pointer.  Sopoaga followed with a conversion which saw them draw level at 7-7.

Damian De Allende was pinged for not supporting his body weight.  This saw the hosts getting a penalty and Sopoaga made it count.  Waisake Naholo got an easy interception on the halfway line and scored under the poles before Sopoaga followed with a conversion extending the lead to 17-7.

Before half-time a try and a conversion came the home side’s way which saw the first half end at 24-7 with the Cape franchise trailing.  As the second half began the Dunedin franchise did not waste any time.  Patrick Osborne went low and passed two defenders to score a try which was followed by a conversion from Sopoaga.  Aaron Smith was shown a yellow card for preventing Allister Coetzee’s men from scoring a try.

Finally the Capetonians came back with Michael Rhodes scoring a try followed by a conversion from Kurt Coleman.  Coetzee’s team tried to catch up but it was already too late as the New Zealanders kept their advantage.  The match ended with a solid 39-21 win in favour of the Kiwis.