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    Highlanders vs Brumbies

    Super Rugby, 14 April, 2018

    Forsyth Barr Stadium
    Fulltime - Highlanders 43, Brumbies 17
    Highlanders   Brumbies
    43 FINAL SCORE 17
    6 TRIES 2
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Ben O'keeffe
    Touch judges: James Doleman & James Munro
    TMO: Glenn Newman

    The Highlanders will look to build some consistency and return to the winners circle when they host the equally up and down Brumbies. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:35pm (AEST).

    It’s been a rough first half of the year for the New Zealand outfit, with the Highlanders falling short of the mark in close games on more than one occasion.

    The Highlanders sit with a three and two record from their first six games, which leaves them fourth in the New Zealand conference – definitely not the place they would like to be sitting.

    Despite that, the season isn’t over yet. They do need to start winning, and winning well, but it’s far from over in terms of making a run at the wildcard spots for the finals.

    They have played the least amount of games of any team in the Super Rugby competition and while that sits up a taxing second half of the season, they can quite easily rise up the table and compete for the top spots.

    The Highlanders went down to the Chiefs in their last outing a fortnight ago in what was a close game, while the match before that saw them drop to the Hurricanes. Neither performance was great, but with three wins on the trot before that, they simply need to lift their level and rediscover that form.

    Like the ‘Landers, the Brumbies have been far from poor this season. As we hit the halfway point of season 2018, they sit third in the Australian conference with a three and three record.

    Inconsistency has struck them across the course of the season so far, with a loss to the Waratahs and a thumping win over the Reds headlining their last fortnight of competition.

    The 24-point loss to the Waratahs brought up insecurities in their defence, but when they play well, the Brumbies are a hard side to stop, as evidenced with their big win over a struggling Reds outfit.

    With home ground advantage, the Highlanders won’t surrender this game easily. I’d expect them to pick up the victory in a close, hard-fought game against a gallant Brumbies outfit.

    Highlanders by 5.

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    • 9:24pm
      Marty said | 9:24pm | ! Report

      Can’t believe the prediction was the Landers by 5. Picked the team but the margin was massively optimistic.

    • 10:49am
      Muzzo said | 10:49am | ! Report

      A good game by the Landers, who really in the first half, showed that their lay off over the last couple of weeks, did make them appear a little rusty. Once they returned after the break, they did lift, their game, with the MOTM, Bender, standing out.
      After Dillon Hunt was replaced, in a game that he did perform well against his illustrious opponent, the performance of Elliot Dixon, was so impressive, who IMO,had it all over Pocock. who did come off second best, after the initial sorting out period. Bloodied, & seeing Pocock slightly confused, one wonders as to why he wasn’t sent off for a HAI. Not a good look for the ref & officials.
      Didn’t Lima, make it up for his sending off, on returning to play?

      • 10:59am
        Highlander said | 10:59am | ! Report

        Was very impressed with Maugers game plan Muzzo, just kept moving that Brumby defence around until the gaps opened up and then executed.

        Ben Smith was very good in all aspects of the game, Franklin had a huge game in tight I thought, and what a shame we are losing Lima at the end of the season. ( grapevine says discussions with Marty Banks have already begun)

        • 12:49pm
          Muzzo said | 12:49pm | ! Report

          Thanks for the info Highlander, as the return of Marty Banks would be a plus. Then again, young Josh Ioane, given a season or two, will no doubt develop into a very good first five.
          Credit must be given to our rookie Cantab coach, whose game plans, have been executed very well in most of the contested games.Let’s hope he can keep on going. Cheers Bro.

    • 10:04am
      Baz said | 10:04am | ! Report

      This game seemed to follow the same script that has played out for the last 2 years. We looked a good thing up until halfway thru the second half. Brumbies forwards got tide and our replacements had little or no impact. Highlanders swing the the ball to the opposite side of the field from deep with in their own half and get a run away try against a team exhausted from their own offensive efforts.
      Defensive pressure from the Kiwi’s results in our halves throwing low percentage passes or kicks that are picked off and once again shifted wide to a back line with space and time.
      Did we actually learn anything from this game?
      Tactically Oz teams tend to crumble in the last 15 minutes that result in an otherwise close game becoming a blow out. There is no fight back. The Kiwi’s grow and become energized while we sadly give up.

      The forwards got things nearly right. The backs were average.

    • 7:58pm
      Misha said | 7:58pm | ! Report

      Slowcock looking very slow – nowhere to be seen in most of the Highlander tries…

      • 10:52am
        Muzzo said | 10:52am | ! Report

        Completely overshadowed by Elliot Dixon Misha.

    • 7:50pm
      Faith said | 7:50pm | ! Report

      Well, Brumbies coach, McKellar talked about pride. Who knew he actually meant it – we all thought the Brumbies were playing for the win till Sopoaga got carded and then it became obvious. I guess the dogs bark and the caravan moves on. The record has to be broken at some point. Let me check who the Blues play in Oz …

      • 8:11pm
        Metalisticpain said | 8:11pm | ! Report

        Tahs, best hope really, since tahs will be at home

    • 7:27pm
      Metalisticpain said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      Oh man, the highlanders fighting for that last try saved my total points/line bet. NZ teams still well ahead of the competition in that last 30-20 mins of any match.

    • 7:25pm
      Highlander said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      Highlanders line speed is a thing of beauty.

      Midfield of Thompson and Walden claim another ineternational pairing scalp tonight.

      Really impressed with the game plan and super impressive execution, very little commitment to the ruck unless pressure could be applied.

      Rope a dope….well almost.

      • 7:29pm
        Fionn said | 7:29pm | ! Report

        Congrats on the win. Going to be very sad not seeing Ben Smith playing in a couple of years time (I imagine the RWC will be his swan song)

        • 7:33pm
          Highlander said | 7:33pm | ! Report

          Exactly Fionn, after his break he is posting PBs in everything at training and if anything these old legs are getting quicker.

          Can’t substitute top two inches though, got to be one of the smartest footballers in the game right now.

      • 7:33pm
        moaman said | 7:33pm | ! Report

        Highlander! Lots to enthuse about from your boys.
        Thompson and Frizzell stood out among others.Loved al lthe little wrap-arounds and 2nd Man plays creating space and the odd overlap.
        Sharp contrast to last night’s big game where the line-speed of both teams shut down all the space–and the passing accuracy went awol.
        Tonight both teams came wanting to play and it made for a far better game imo.

        • 7:36pm
          Highlander said | 7:36pm | ! Report

          Brums clearly wanted to play didn’t they, so seriously contributed to the spectacle, but way way too lateral to be effective.

          • 11:00am
            Muzzo said | 11:00am | ! Report

            IMO Highlander, the first stanza, showed up, how the Landers, were a little off their game. Well they have had a couple of weeks off, & it showed. The second stanza, was more like the lads we know, with passes sticking, & play in general a lot better. In fact, much better. So many stand outs, with Bender, Lima, on return from his enforced spell, Hunt, & notably his replacement Elliot Dixon. What a game. In the backs, well Thompson did play very well as did some of the others. Cheers.

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