A ruthless and clinical Highlanders side scored seven tries to thrash the Sharks 48-15 In Dunedin on Friday. The Super Rugby game got off to a flyer with the Landers hitting the line hard from the onset. The first try came through Gareth Evans before Lima Sopoaga slotted over the extras.
Fred Zeilinga managed to put the first points on the board for the away side when he converted a penalty in the 24th minute. Thereafter, they levelled matters through a try by Tendai Mtawarira, as Zeilinga converted the extras. Brilliant skill by Sopoaga saw Waisake Naholo score the second try for the hosts as Sopoaga made no mistake with the conversation.
Patrick Osborne went over to score the final try of the half, as the teams went into the break with the score at 24-10. After the interval, the home side looked damaging on the attack as they controlled most of the ball possession. Scrappy work from the away side at the back saw Mark Reddish score the first try of the second half and Sopoaga converted.
A brilliant offload by Dan Pryor saw Aaron Smith cross the white wash but Sopoaga missed the two-pointer. Thereafter, Brendon Edmunds stretched the lead further as he went over to score and Sopoaga again slotted the sundries. Gary Gold’s side managed to score a consolation try through Bismarck Du Plessis, but Zeilinga couldn’t add the extras.
Elliot Dixon scored the final try of the match as the game ended 48-15 in favour of Jamie Joseph’s side.