The Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Highlanders 25-22 thanks to a last-gasp Beauden Barrett penalty after the hooter at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
Barrett made no mistake from in front, dispatching the penalty with the last play of the game to give the Hurricanes their fourth win on the bounce against the Highlanders, at home.
Ben Lam equalised with nine minutes remaining after Jordie Barrett combined with Chase Tiatia in the midfield to send the flyer away. Beauden Barrett missed the touchline conversion leaving the game tied at 22-all.
Ngani Laumape was a powerhouse in midfield, combining brute strength with finesse once again, collecting a first-half brace to add to last weekend’s hat-trick.
Aaron Smith opened the scoring for Aaron Mauger’s men, but the Otago side found themselves down at half-time after Laumape’s two scores.
Highlanders hit back after the break
The visitors did, however, hit back soon after the interval through tries by Sio Tomkinson, who intercepted a stray Beauden Barrett pass, and Liam Coltman.
The hooker dotted down after a powerful driving maul. Marty Banks, taking over the kicking duties after Josh Ioane’s poor display with the boot, added the extras to give his side a two-score advantage.
Mauger’s team could not hold on to their lead, squandering some good opportunities before Lam’s try and Beauden Barrett’s boot, sealed the deal.
More to follow…
Final Score: Hurricanes 25 (14) Highlanders 22 (8)
Tries – Laumape (2), Lam
Pen – B.Barrett (2)
Con – B.Barrett (2)
Tries – A. Smith, Tomkinson, Coltman
Pen – J.Ioane
Con – J.Ioane, Banks
Average score is STILL : Hurricanes 25 Highlanders 22
Last Six results
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 Hurricanes 25-22 Highlanders @Wellington
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 Highlanders 30 -14 Hurricanes @Dunedin
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 Hurricanes 29-12 Highlanders @Wellington
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 Hurricanes 41-15 Highlanders @Wellington
Fri, 27 May 2016 Hurricanes 27-20 Highlanders @Wellington
Sat, 05 Mar 2016 Highlanders 17 -16 Hurricanes @Dunedin
Hurricanes overall record against the Highlanders
Played 32, Wins 18 , Losses 14 , Draws 0
15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Liam Mitchell, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (c), 1 Chris Eves
Replacements : 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ben May, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Vince Aso
1. Ayden Johnstone,2. Liam Coltman,3. Tyrel Lomax,4. Pari Pari Parkinson,5. Josh Dickson,6. Jackson Hemopo,7. James Lentjes,8. Luke Whitelock (cc),9. Aaron Smith,10. Josh Ioane,11 Tevita Li,12. Thomas Umaga-Jensen,13. Patelesio Tomkinson,14. Richard Buckman,15. Ben Smith (cc)
Replacements :16. Ash Dixon,17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Josh Iosefa-Scott,19. Tom Franklin,20. Elliot Dixon,21. Kayne Hammington,22. Marty Banks,23. Waisake Naholo
Match Officials and details
Date : Friday 8 March
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2: Nick Hogan
TMO : Shane McDermott