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Highlanders hold against Hurricanes

Julian Savea tries to break free for the Hurricanes
Julian Savea tries to break free for the Hurricanes superxv.com

THE Highlanders held on to their top spot in the New Zealand Super Rugby conference after they beat the Hurricanes 17-19 in Wellington.

Both teams scored one try each and the difference came down to penalties with the lead changing hands several times in the second half.

Replacement flyhalf Chris Noakes kicked a 74th-minute penalty which clinched the victory ofr the Highlanders leaving them unbeaten after four rounds.

All Blacks flyhalf Colin Slade had previously scored a try among 16 points for the Highlanders who had to stage a late rally to retrieve the lead in the match despite overwhelming shares of territory and possession.

A 69th-minute penalty to talented rookie flyhalf Beauden Barrett had given the Hurricanes a 17-16 lead with 11 minutes remaining.

Read the full match report at the Super XV website.

Topics:  super 15 rugby