Posts Tagged "Highlanders"

Australian rugby fans seeking a scapegoat for the Brumbies and Waratahs’ semi-final losses will have done well to make good use of the time since Saturday to reflect on the real reasons why their seasons have ended a week earlier than hoped.

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Michael Cheika’s life as an international coach flashed before his eyes when he was asked about the Highlanders’ penalty try in their Super Rugby semi-final win over the NSW Waratahs.

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Wellington: Well, that’s not gone well. Even though we knew it was possible, I don’t know that too many Australian fans seriously entertained the thought of an all-New Zealand Super Rugby final next Saturday.

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The Super Rugby semi-final honours on Saturday night were shared by Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd and his Highlander colleague Jamie Joseph, who combined to snuff out the Australian campaigns of the Brumbies and Waratahs respectively.

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With the 2015 Rugby World Cup just around the corner, the Super Rugby finals were set up perfectly with the Brumbies meeting the Hurricanes in Wellington and the Waratahs hosting the Highlanders in Sydney. This is what we learnt.

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The Highlanders produced a tactical masterclass to upset the NSW Waratahs 35-17 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, booking a spot in next weekend’s Super Rugby final against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

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Now for all my Kiwi friends – let me say the unthinkable. An all Australian Super Rugby final.

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Unheralded, underrated, call them what you want – just don’t underestimate them.

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Five-eighth Bernard Foley says the NSW Waratahs have extra motivation for Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final as they’re determined to farewell a clutch of key players only after another title-decider.

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It is hard to recall a single individual having as much influence on a Super Rugby final as All Black halfback Aaron Smith in the Highlanders’ 24-14 win against the Chiefs in Dunedin.

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Winger Waisake Naholo has continued his outstanding year with two tries as the Highlanders downed the Chiefs 24-14 in a breath-taking encounter to book their berth in the Super Rugby semi-finals on Saturday night.

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The Super Rugby finals are here and tonight sees a New Zealand blockbuster between the Highlanders and the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5:35pm AEST.

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The Highlanders have given themselves a great shot at hosting a Super Rugby play-off match with the maximum return from a 44-7 thumping of the hapless Blues.

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The Highlanders travel to Auckland hoping to smash the Blues and finish fourth. Join The Roar for live scores, commentary and a loads of Highlander tries from 5:30pm (AEST).

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The Hurricanes wrapped up home advantage for the Super Rugby playoffs with a thumping 56-20 eight-try win over the Highlanders at McLean Park in Napier on Friday.

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Match result: FULLTIME – HURRICANES 56 HIGHLANDERS 20 < !more>On a sombre evening, the Hurricanes have defeated the Highlanders in Napier this evening and have wrapped up both the New Zealand conference and overall top spot in Super Rugby, guaranteeing a week off and a home semi final with one week remaining in round robin […]

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Match result: FULLTIME – FORCE 3 HIGHLANDERS 23 It wasnt a classic match by any stretch but in the end it was a gritty and hard earned win for the Highlanders who now meet the Chiefs in what is shaping as a pivotal clash for placings within the New Zealand conference and Wildcard spots for […]

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The Highlanders travel across the Tasman Sea, Australia and the Indian Ocean into Johannesburg and face the Lions in Super Rugby Round 13.

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Aaron Smith was at his sparkling best as the Highlanders outclassed the Sharks 48-15 in a record-breaking Super Rugby win in Dunedin.

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It’s the Sharks’ turn to go on the Australian/New Zealand Super Rugby tour. Tonight, they’re going to kick it off in the most southerly city known to man, Dunedin. There, the boys from Durban will meet the Highlanders. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm AEST.

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