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.