Ben Smith (49), Patrick Osborne (13)
Hayden Parker (72), Lima Sopoaga (59,54,42,34)
Lima Sopoaga (50,14)
Josh Hohneck (75), Tim Nanai-Williams (67), Dwayne Sweeney (16)
Gareth Anscombe (29), Aaron Cruden (6)
Aaron Cruden (75,17)
15. Ben Smith
14. Richard Buckman
13. Malakai Fekitoa
12. Shaun Treeby
11. Patrick Osborne
10. Lima Sopoaga
9. Aaron Smith
8. Nasi Manu
7. Shane Christie
6. Elliot Dixon
5. Joseph Wheeler
4. Thomas Franklin
3. Ma'afu Fia
2. Brayden Mitchell
1. Kane Hames
16. Ged Robinson
17. Matias Diaz
18. Chris King
19. Josh Bekhuis
20. Lee Allan
21. Fumiaki Tanaka
22. Hayden Parker
23. Phil Burleigh
Highlanders 29 Chiefs 25
The Highlndrs drive towards the Chiefs' try-line, from the line-out, before setting up phases with their forwards. The Chiefs forwards play Tanaka without the ball, at a ruck and are soon awarded a penalty which Parker boots into touch when he hears the hooter's sound! That's the final act of this match and the Highlanders have won an absolute thriller! The Chiefs had their chances, but, in the end, the home side was just a bit hungrier and thoroughly deserve their victory!
Matt Symons plays Fumiaki Tanaka without the ball at a ruck and Parker puts the resulting penalty into touch on the Chiefs' 22!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 29-25. Cruden wastes little time as he adds the two-pointer without any fuss!
TRY, CHIEFS, HOHNECK! 29-23. The Chiefs attack deep inside the Highlanders' 22 and the ball comes to Josh Hohneck, who crashes over from close quarters!
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 29-18. Hayden Parker is on for Sopoaga and takes off where his fellow pivot left off by adding another three-pointer after the visitors infringe at a ruck.
Ben Smith launches a bomb which Kerr-Barlow has great difficulty dealing with! The Chiefs' scrum-half feels the pressure and knocks on!
TRY, CHIEFS, NANAI-WILLIAMS! 26-18. Tim Nanai-Williams gathers the ball and beats three defenders before crashing over!
Fekitoa is pinged for a ruck infringement and Cruden puts the resulting penalty out deep inside the Highlanders'''' 22.
The Highlanders are under pressure inside their 22! Ben smith tries to kick for touch but his effort is charged down by Cruden! To the home side's relief, the ball rolls out behind the dead-ball line.
The Highlanders are pinned inside their 22, after Tawera Kerr-Barlow puts great pressure on Buckman, after a scrum. The Highlanders wing is eventually forced to boot the ball upfield.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 26-13. Sopoaga maintains his perfect goal-kicking record for this game after Josh Hohneck is penalised for dropping his bind at a scrum.
The Chiefs are trying desperately to strike back! They are soon inside the Highlanders'' 22 but Fekitoa wins a vital turnover at a ruck, when he rips the ball from Anscombe''s grasp! The ball comes out to Sopoaga who makes a break which takes him into the Chiefs'' half! He throws a long pass to Buckman, who knocks on inside the visitors'' 22 after a tackle from Nanai-Williams.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 23-13. Sopoaga adds another three-pointer, after Tim Nanai-Williams is penalised for not rolling away at a ruck.
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA. 20-13. Sopoaga makes no mistake from the kicking tee to extend the hosts' lead.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, B SMITH! 18-13. The Highlanders launch a counter-attack, from inside their 22 with Fekitoa leading the way! He offloads to Buckman, who then throws an inside pass to Ben Smith, who out-sprints the cover defence before crossing over!
The Chiefs take the ball through several phases but lose possession when Brayden Mitchell wins a crucial turnover inside his 22!
The Chiefs attack from inside their half, after Sopoaga fails to get touch from a clearance kick. Anscombe takes the ball into contact but is stopped in his tracks by a big hit from Franklin!
The Chiefs go on the drive, from a line-out inside the Highlanders' 22, but Franklin does well to get his hands on the ball. When the maul becomes static it's the home side who get the put-in at the scrum.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 13-13. Sopoaga draws his side level, with another three-pointer, after the Chiefs backs stray offside on defence.
Sopoaga gets the second half started with a deep kick which Pulu gathers inside his 22. He immediately kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres from his 22-metre line.
Highlanders 10 Chiefs 13
From a scrum close to the Highlanders' 22, the ball goes out to Sopoaga, who hoofs it upfield. Tom Marshall gathers inside his 22 and kicks the ball out on the halfway mark. The hooter goes to indicate half-time and the teams head into the sheds. What an exciting half that's been! Both sides have played the game at a high tempo and the result is far from decided yet.
Tom Marshall is blown up when he gathers a clearance kick and takes a quick throw-in from inside the field. The Highlanders are awarded a scrum just inside the Chiefs' half.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, Sopoaga! 10-13. Sopoaga narrows the gap to three points, with a well-struck place-kick after Ben Tameifuna is pinged for illegal scrummaging.
The Chiefs launch an attack, from just outside their 22 and Tom Marshall takes the ball into contact close to the halfway mark. At the resulting ruck, Pulu knocks on.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 7-13. Gareth Anscombe has just extended his side's lead with a superb penalty from 50 metres out! This after Buckman is penalised for not releasing the ball on the ground.
Anscombe gathers a clearance kick from Sopoaga, close to the halfway mark, in touch and takes a quick throw-in! It's a long pass to Fruean who is nailed by a big hit from Richard Buckman!
Fekitoa sets off on another attacking run, just outside his 22 and beats Aki with ease! He tries to do the same to Robbie Fruean but is brought to ground.
Fekitoa sets off on a mazy run and beats two defenders! He is eventually brought to ground by Gareth Anscombe, close to the Chiefs' try-line, and knocks on in the process!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 7-10. Cruden shows his class as he lands the place-kick from close to the touchline!
TRY, CHIEFS, SWEENEY! 7-8. The Chiefs go on the attack inside the Highlanders' 22 and Cruden stabs a grubber kick through. There's a wicked bounce from the ball, which beats Ben Smith, and Dwayne Sweeney gathers before dotting down in the right-hand corner!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 7-3. Sopoaga adds the extras to extend the Highlanders' lead!
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, OSBORNE! 5-3. The hosts have just scored a brilliant try! They attack from just inside the Chiefs' half and Malakai Fekitoa shrugs off three defenders before offloading to Ben Smith inside the Chiefs' 22! Smith gets a pass out to Patrick Osborne who dots down under the posts!
Pulu is pinged for offside play. Sopoaga puts the ball out close to his 10-metre line.
The Chiefs attack, close to the Highlanders' try-line, and Bundee Aki goes over under a mass of bodies! The referee rules that he was held up and the Chiefs can attack from a scrum on the Highlanders' five-metre line!
Dwayne Sweeney spots a gap behind Osborne and launches a kick which rolls into touch close to the home side's corner flag!
PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 0-3. Cruden opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after Sopoaga is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.
Ben Smith tries to clear his line, inside his 22, but his kick is charged down by Retallick! Smith does well to recover and regathers the ball behind his try-line and dots down!
Patrick Osborne is pinged for taking out Augustine Pulu in the air! Cruden puts the resulting penalty out on the Hhighlanders' 10-metre line.
And we're off! Aaron Cruden gets us underway with a flat kick which Tom Franklin gathers. He is played in the air by Brodie Retallick and referee Garratt Williamson immediately awards a penalty to the Highlanders! Lima Sopoaga kicks for touch and puts the ball out just outside the Chiefs' 22.
Highlanders boss Jamie Joseph has included Aaron Smith, Ben Smith and Malakai Fekitoa - who all started last weekend's third Test for the All Blacks against England in Hamilton - in his starting line-up as well as Patrick Osborne, who joined the All Blacks squad as injury cover. Hooker Brayden Mitchell and lock Tom Franklin have played themselves into the run-on side after impressing against the New Zealand Barbarians in Invercargill last weekend. Lee Allen comes onto the replacements bench as back row cover after TJ Ioane sustained an ankle injury during training this week.
Chiefs boss Dave Rennie has made several changes to his starting XV for this must-win match for the defending champions. Big outside centre Robbie Fruean returns to action, from heart surgery, and will partner Bundee Aki in midfield. Scrum-half Augustine Pulu also makes his Super Rugby come-back after a recent knee procedure. Gareth Anscombe starts at full-back with Tevita Koloamatangi, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Tim Nanai-Williams and James Lowe new additions to the bench.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this New Zealand Super Rugby derby, between the Highlanders and the Chiefs, which is being played at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
15. Gareth Anscombe
14. Dwayne Sweeney
13. Robert Fruean
12. Bundee Aki
11. Tom Marshall
10. Aaron Cruden
9. Augustine Pulu
8. Liam Squire
7. Tanerau Latimer
6. Liam Messam
5. Brodie Retallick
4. Michael Fitzgerald
3. Ben Tameifuna
2. Mahonri Schwalger
1. Pauliasi Manu
16. Nathan Harris
17. Jamie Mackintosh
18. Josh Hohneck
19. Matt Symons
20. Tevita Koloamatangi
21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow
22. Tim Nanai-Williams
23. James Lowe
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