The Hurricanes have won nine of their last 11 Super Rugby games against the Highlanders, including their last three in succession; the last time they won more in succession against them was a five-game stretch from 2006 to 2010.
The Highlanders have won three of their last five home games against the Hurricanes in Super Rugby (L2), more than they had won across the eight prior times they had hosted them in the competition (W2, L6).
- The Landers have won five of their last seven Super Rugby games at home (L2), including a 37-17 win over Moana Pasifika in their last game on home turf (Round 8, 2022 Super Rugby Pacific).
- The Canes have lost 10 of their last 14 Super Rugby games against fellow New Zealand opposition (W4); three of their four victories in that span have come against the Landers.
- The Hurricanes have lost seven of their last 10 Super Rugby games away from home (W3); however, one of their three wins in that term came against the Highlanders (Round 5, Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021).
- The Hurricanes have made dominant contact on 33 carries per game in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the most of any team in the competition; only the Brumbies (17) have made fewer per game in this category than the Highlanders (21).
- The Highlanders have conceded 8.5 penalties per game in 2022, the joint-fewest of any team (also Chiefs – 8.5); the Hurricanes (9.1 per game) are the next best side in this category.
- The Hurricanes have gained 485 metres per game this season, the most of any team in the competition and 93 per game more than the Highlanders (392).
Players to watch
- Andrew Makalio has scored one try in each of his last two Super Rugby games after crossing the line only once in
35 appearances in the competition prior.
- Jordie Barrett has made 12 offloads in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the joint-most of any player in the
competition (also Quinn Tupaea – 12 and Matt Philip – 12).
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEP! We are underway under the lights at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
3.00: Both teams looking for territory through the boot in the early stages.
6.00: PENALTY! Marty Banks opens the scoring. 3-0
8.00: TRY! Bailyn Sullivan cuts inside James Lentjes and Scott Gregory slipped Hugh Renton’s tackle and left Aaron Smith and Connor Garden Bachop in the dust to score under the posts. 3-5
9.00: CONVERSION! Jordie Barrett converts. 3-7
12.00: Smith loses the high bomb, and Barrett almost steals the ball to score. The Landers do have a scrum under their poles.
15.00: A mistake at the lineout by the visitors leads to a home team scrum feed on halfway.
17.00: A sublime backline move off the back of the scrum involving Ardie Savea and TJ Perenara ends with Josh Moorby passing behind Julian Savea and into touch.
18.00: NO TRY! Jackson Garden-Bachop combines with Perenara and Julian Savea, who bounces Gregory before Hugh Renton and Gareth Evans get back to make the tackles to dislodge the ball as the winger looked to dot down. 3-7
20.00: RED CARD! Josh Dickson is off for a high shot on Tevita Mafileo. Dickson did not wrap his arm in the tackle and made contact with the head of the ball carrier. 3-7
21.00: TRY! Finally, the Hurricanes manage to score from the first phase of the lineout. Jackson Garden-Bachop took Perenara’s pass and put Rayasi, running around the back from his wing, away for the score. this try has been coming! 3-12
22.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 3-14
25.00: Highlanders fighting to get back into this contest, bu they cannot find that final ball to claim a meat pie!
28.00: Gregory is down after foiling Banks’ crossfield kick, goal-line dropout.
31.00: Landers have a kickable penalty, they call for the tee.
33.00: PENALTY! Banks doubles his side’s atlly. 6-14
36.00: Canes looking for a third score.
37.00: Held up! Asafo Aumua is held up by gareth Evans and Liam Coltman. Gola-line dropout.
39.00: Max Hicks comes on for Josh Dickson as the lock’s red card time is up.
41.00: Dickson’s red card only cost four points, net. Good going for Tony Brown’s men.
The halftime score was Landers 6 Canes 14
41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway in New Zealand.
44.00: It’s a pretty slow start after the break, both teams seem to be sizing each other up.
46.00: Hurricanes win a kickable penalty from in front.
48.00: PENALTY! Barrett increases the Canes’ lead to 14 points. 6-17
50.00: A sustained attack leads to the Highlanders kicking a penalty to the corner.
52.00: TRY! Andrew Makalio flops over the chalk after a powerful rolling maul by his fellow forwards. Game on! 11-17
53.00: MISS! Banks can’t convert. 11-17
56.00: OOPS! Jackson Garden-Bachop’s restart is out on the full, the hosts proceed to win a scrum penalty. Banks looks deep for the corner, but his kick is not out. It’s a comedy of errors in Dunedin.
58.00: PENALTY! Banks cuts the gap to three. 14-17
61.00: Perenara thinks he’s scored, but the linesman raises his flag after Hicks’ try saving tackle on “The Bus” sees Savea stand on the chalk.
64.00: Holland’s side has reverted to kicking everything away, they were much better in the first stanza with the ball in hand.
66.00: TRY! A sensational counter-attack from the Highlanders, saw them go close before Ardie Savea won a turnover under his posts. Savea, however, lost possession, and the ball got shifted to Hicks to crash over. 19-17
68.00: CONVERSION! Banks adds two more. 21-17
70.00: The Hurricanes have gone to sleep in the second half, they have also lost their discipline, conceding five penalties in a row.
74.00: TRY! Aidan Morgan, from a lineout, combines with Julian Savea and Salesi Rayasi to score his maiden career try in the corner after a slick backline move from the set-piece. 21-22
75.00: MISS! Barrett can’t convert. 21-22
78.00: It’s all Highlanders at the death, they are camped inside the opposition’s half as they search for the winner.
81.00: The hooter sounds… the home team have gone 20 phases…
82.00: NO TRY! Saula Ma’u is tackled short by Barrett and Asafo Aumua, the ref calls “on field decision no try” and the TMO agrees, ruling Ma’u is held up. 21-22
The final score is Highlanders 21 (6) Hurricanes 22 (14)
Tries – Makalio, Hicks
Pen – Banks (3)
Con – Banks
Cards – Dickson (Red, 20′)
Tries – Sullivan, Rayasi, Morgan
Pen – J. Barrett
Con – J. Barrett (2)
Referee: Angus Mabey
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Winter
TMO: Glenn Newman
Highlanders: 15 Connor Garden Bachop, 14 Sam Gilbert, 13 Denny Solomona, 12 Thomas Umaga-Jensen, 11 Scott Gregory, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith (captain), 8 Hugh Renton, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Josh Dickson, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ethan De Groot.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Saula Ma’u, 19 Max Hicks, 20 Billy Harmon, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Mitch Hunt, 23 Fetuli Paea.
Hurricanes: 15 Josh Moorby, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Bailyn Sullivan, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea (captain), 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tevita Mafileo, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Pouri Rakete-Stones.
Replacements: 16 Kianu Kereru-Symes, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Pasilio Tosi, 19 Justin Sangster, 20 Caleb Delany, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Aidan Morgan, 23 Peter Umaga-Jensen.