Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby 2013: Highlanders (27) v Chiefs (41) F/T


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 Feb 2013 at 07:45
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The Highlanders and Chiefs start the first real weekend of Super Rugby action this morning, in what should be a close New Zealand derby as the players and the referee find their feet.

The Highlanders usually start the season strong and then slowly fade in the latter half due to injuries and squad problems, but this year I have a feeling it will be different. They have one of the weaker sides in the New Zealand conference and my thoughts are that they will struggle today.

The Chiefs on the other hand, are defending champions, and even though they have a young looking squad, it is mostly the outside backs which are untried, the halfback pairing of Kerr-Barlow and Cruden should give this Chiefs team the kick it needs to win.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Phil Burleigh, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear (captain), 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 John Hardie, 6 Joe Wheeler, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Elliot Dixon, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Hayden Parker, 22 Buxton Popoali’i.

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Charlie Ngatai, 22 Lelia Masaga.



64 Comments

  • Halfback pairing of Smith and Cruden? :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.02.13 08:25:49 by SteelShark Reply
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  • What ever happened to that ‘Arizona’ master try scoring prop?

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.02.13 08:27:18 by SteelShark Reply
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  • went off to france I believe

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.02.13 08:31:12 by durbsguy Reply

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  • Got Chiefs by 2

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.02.13 08:33:40 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 1) :

    Not sure what you are talking about ;-)

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.02.13 08:34:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : :razz:

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.02.13 08:41:58 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Chiefs lead 3 – 0

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.02.13 08:43:41 by SteelShark Reply
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  • These refs look urgh in pink

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.02.13 08:44:35 by SteelShark Reply
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  • What try

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.02.13 08:49:16 by juba_fan Reply

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  • Landers try! TMO pending.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.02.13 08:49:19 by SteelShark Reply
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  • EXCELLENT TRY by the Landers….

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.02.13 08:49:21 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • High 7 -3 Chiefs
    13mins

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.02.13 08:50:26 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Highlanders 7 Chiefs 3 12mins

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.02.13 08:50:31 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @SteelShark (Comment 8) : Its Steve Walsh – not sure any colour would work :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.02.13 08:51:28 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • What a great pick up and try

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.02.13 08:51:30 by juba_fan Reply

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  • Chiefs try!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.02.13 08:52:05 by SteelShark Reply
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  • What a reply from the Chiefs!

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.02.13 08:52:25 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Great reply by the chiefs

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.02.13 08:52:46 by juba_fan Reply

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  • Anscombe doing the kicking.
    High 7 – 10 Chiefs
    17mins

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.02.13 08:53:58 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Nonu not going to make that mistake again….

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.02.13 08:54:18 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Penalty Chiefs
    High 7 – 13 Chiefs
    21mins

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.02.13 08:58:47 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Eish – I did not think that the Chiefs would do so well after losing SBW…but it looks like they haven’t missed a beat! :( I picked the Highlanders…..*tears*

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.02.13 09:01:28 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Another Chiefs penalty
    High 7 – 16 Chiefs
    25mins

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.02.13 09:03:01 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Chiefs 16 Highlanders 7 25mins

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.02.13 09:03:15 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Have to say the Chaps are looking tired already….

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.02.13 09:04:54 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Somebody pushed ‘reset’ on the scoreboard :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.02.13 09:07:18 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Has there been any kicking so far? Attacking or defencive? I havent seen any.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.02.13 09:10:05 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Penalty Highs missed
    High 7 – 16 Chiefs
    30mins…ish

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.02.13 09:11:20 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Scoreboard back on!
    34mins

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.02.13 09:12:49 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @SteelShark (Comment 27) : Not seen ANY….Guys are running themselves rugged/

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.02.13 09:13:32 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Landers try!!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.02.13 09:16:57 by SteelShark Reply
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  • High 14 – 16 Chiefs
    38mins

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.02.13 09:18:26 by SteelShark Reply
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  • HALFTIME

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.02.13 09:19:23 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Half Time: Chiefs 16 Highlanders 14

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.02.13 09:19:36 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Fark, I forgot to make my picks this morning.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.02.13 09:28:58 by lostfish Reply
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  • Highlanders 17 Chiefs 16 44mins

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.02.13 09:35:51 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • And the Chiefs hit straight back with another well worked try….

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.02.13 09:37:32 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Chiefs 21 Highlanders 17 47mins

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.02.13 09:39:20 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • UNBELIEVABLE try from the the Highlanders….

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.02.13 09:40:09 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Chiefs 21 Highlanders 24 50mins

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.02.13 09:42:04 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Think the guys from both sides are either slow to react or they don’t want to put their bodies on the line to tackle….both defenses being sliced….

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.02.13 09:42:53 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • my word I seem to be way out with my superbru score :( Had Chiefs by 10 lol

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.02.13 09:45:00 by Uli Reply
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  • cHIEFS 21 hIGHLANDERS 27 57Mins

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.02.13 09:49:32 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Chiefs 28 HIghlanders 27 62mins

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.02.13 09:54:18 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 44) : wow close game

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.02.13 09:56:25 by Uli Reply
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  • Bonus point try for the chiefs

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.02.13 09:57:23 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Chiefs 35 Highlanders 27 67mins

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.02.13 09:59:18 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 45) : It’s like a yoyo….haven’t counted the amount of times the lead has changed during the game.

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.02.13 10:00:33 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 48) : Seems like its Seven’s rugby going on there?

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.02.13 10:02:46 by Uli Reply
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  • Chiefs 38 Highlanders 27 70mins.

    Chiefs showing their championship character. *lots of tears*

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.02.13 10:02:48 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 49) : Yeah…as fun as it has been…Will be great to watch proper rugby tonight :grin:

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.02.13 10:03:28 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 51) : hehe

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.02.13 10:05:47 by Uli Reply
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  • Chiefs 41 Highlanders 27 74mins

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.02.13 10:06:12 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 53) : ok chiefs I only want you to win by 10 ;)

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.02.13 10:07:17 by Uli Reply
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  • damn – looks like my predictions wasn’t so spot on here…

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.02.13 10:11:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) : Well I was very worried there for a bit :)

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.02.13 10:12:32 by Uli Reply
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  • Full time: Bonus point win to Chiefs 41: Highlanders 27

  • Comment 57, posted at 22.02.13 10:13:48 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Uli (Comment 54) : :twisted: Well done….

  • Comment 58, posted at 22.02.13 10:14:16 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • What a game!

  • Comment 59, posted at 22.02.13 10:20:00 by Ben Reply
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  • Well done Chiefs and well done to me for getting the first game of the season right in about 5 years. Last weeks Ausie games don’t count.

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.02.13 10:34:26 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 60) : *CLAPPING*….but since i lost THIS game…last weeks game count for me :razz:

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.02.13 10:44:48 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 60) : 3 from 3 for me :grin:

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.02.13 11:30:41 by SteelShark Reply
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  • My SB is 3/3 so far this season. Go Brumbies

  • Comment 63, posted at 22.02.13 11:31:25 by Mutley Reply
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  • welcome to Super Rugby, friends :)

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