Forsyth Barr Stadium saw the Highlanders secure a 30-24 Super Rugby victory against the Blues on Saturday. A few minutes into the game and a penalty was awarded to the Landers. The visitors conceded a penalty because one of their kick chasers was caught offside.
Lima Sopoaga made no mistake with a difficult attempt and made it count. Malakai Fekitoa scored the first try of the match in the 10th minute and it was followed by a conversion by Sopoaga. Before the 20 minute mark Waisake Naholo scored a try which was followed by a Sopoaga conversion. This put the hosts in a 17 point lead.
Soon afterwards, the Auckland franchise almost got points on the board but their attempt was futile. After a few scrum resets the Dunedin side scored another try thanks to Fekitoa which was followed by a conversion. This saw the first half end in favour of the Otago franchise by a whopping 24-0.
The second half started with the away side finally scoring points when George Moala scored a try. Dan Bowden missed the conversion. The home side was awarded a penalty for a handling error and Sopoaga made the penalty count.
Patrick Tuipulotu helped Sir John Kirwan’s men get back into the game by scoring a try. Bowden missed the conversion yet again. As the game progressed the Blues closed in on the Highlanders but they managed to stay in front.
At the end of the match the Landers won with a six point difference. The Blues were beaten 30-24.