As it happened: Super Rugby - Highlanders vs Waratahs

The Highlanders welcome back Aaron Smith for the clash against the Waratahs.
The Highlanders welcome back Aaron Smith for the clash against the Waratahs. Photo credit: Photosport

FULLTIME: HIGHLANDERS 12 - 41 WARATAHS

80mins: Highlanders win the penalty and take the quick tap on halfway. Smith passes to Naholo but he drops it in into touch and that's it! Game over! Waratahs win.

79mins: Smith knocks on following the kick through for Folau, but the fullback and Beale combine to force the pressure and the knock on.

77mins: Waratahs turn it over and Hegarty safely finds touch. It was Holloway who ripped it free for the home side. Highlanders then knock on at the lineout.

75mins: Highlanders just five metres but Sopoaga's pass can't find his support player after Holloway got a hand to it in the tackle. We'll have a scrum.

73mins: Waratahs again guilty of infringing as their front-row collapses and the Highlanders will have the lineout inside the home side's 22m.

71mins: Couple of infringing Waratahs players earns the Highlanders a penalty after they were under immense pressure inside their own 22m. Sopaoga safely finds touch on their own 10m for the lineout.

69mins: WARATAHS TRY - RONA: Phipps goes left from the scrum, holds up the pass for Hegarty and it's a simple give to Rona who goes over for the try in the corner. All too easy now.

67mins: Foley puts the cross kick up for Folau who goes up and of course, comes down with it. Highlanders do force the turnover though but Beale's rush defence on Thompson forces the knock on.

65mins: WARATAHS TRY - FOKETI: Phipps fires it to Foley, who splits two defenders, sees Foketi on his outside and unselfishly offloads to the replacement who goes over for the try.

63mins: Highlanders fluff their the scrum and it'll be a Waratahs put-in. We've had a few restarts now. Great opportunity for the home side to put the game to bed here.

61mins: Foley splits the Highlanders defence like the red sea before firing the ball to Rona who steps inside before being tackled just five out. Waratahs looking good here and Phipps sees space, steps inside and reaches out for the line. Looks to have dropped it and the ref rules knock on.

59mins: HIGHLANDERS TRY - DIXON: Franklin wins the lineout just five metres out and the Highlanders try to rumble it forward. They're inching closer and Ash Dixon goes over for the try! Just like that, they hit back once again.

57mins: WARATAHS - FOLAU: Try of the season contender that! The Waratahs put it through the hands with backs and forwards getting involved, they drew the defenders in on each occassion before Folau gets the final ball to dive over for his 50th try for the Sydney side.

55mins: Waratahs marching their way towards the try line and Fitzpatrick looks to be over but Kepu is penalised for obstruction. Close call.

53mins: Beale finds Naiyararovo on the wing but Naholo does well to bring him down, and quite easily too before the Highlanders force the turnover. Waratahs get it right back, there's space behind and the kick through and Naholo is forced to take it into touch just five metres out.

51mins: Highlanders do well to stop the Waratahs maul and then win the turnover. They look to play it out but ref calls them back for Gordon's knock on.

49mins: Beale tries to find Rona but Thompson knocks it down. We're going upstairs once again. Ref rules it's just a penalty.

47mins: Highlanders looking to play it out by Sopoaga's pass to Thompson is on the bootlaces and he knocks on. Great field position for the Waratahs this, just 10 metres out.

45mins: HIGHLANDERS TRY - DIXON: There's space on the far left for the Highlanders and Naholo bumps off Foley as they approach the try line. Ben Smith sees Elliot Dixon on his lonesome out wide, knows he has the advantage, tries the kick pass, and the loosie gathers it in to score the try. They're right back in it!

43mins: WARATAHS TRY - FOLAU: Rona charges onto it but he's kept out. There's an overlap on the left, Foley spots it and fires a long pass to Folau who goes over for the easy finish. Highlanders sinking here.

41mins: We're back underway and the Waratahs on hot on attack straight away! Foley beats a couple before finding Rona and he spins out of tackle and is over the try line. They're checking to see if there was a grounding. No try, Elliot Dixon's done brilliantly to hold him up.

HALFTIME: HIGHLANDERS 0 - 15 WARATAHS: Not the half the Highlanders would have wanted. They could honeslty be more down, but their defence has held out when most needed. It's been an uphill battle since Nabura's red card and the second half will only be tougher.

40mins: Waratahs trying their luck on last time before the break but there's an accidental obstruction and that'll be halftime. Highlanders with plenty to do.

39mins: Sopoaga tries to fling a long pass to Ben Smith but it's called back as it was forward. Smith was away with support on his inside.

38mins: Thompson has the ball stripped but Gordon's kick can only find Naholo and the Highlanders look to attack once more. Waratahs knock on in the tackle so we'll have a scrum.

36mins: Waratahs trying to ride the wave of Naiyaravoro as Gordon looks to give him the pass from the scrum but it's behind him and he knocks on.

34mins: Thompson makes a great tackle on Folau to prevent a potential line break. Waratahs still have it though and they shift right. Folau tries to snatch the ball from Simmons but knocks on.

32mins: Tomkinson gets it under pressure and drops it and the Waratahs break out through Clark and Gordon and they're up to halfway but the halfback box kicks it right back to them before Sopoaga knocks on.

30mins: Hunt bumps off Hooper off the back of the lineout win and they're just five metres out. Fizpatrick takes out a player without the ball and is penalised. Highlanders to scrum down just five out.

28mins: Hooper does an Aaron Smith and deliberately knocks the ball on but ref rules there's no line break opportunity so just a penalty.

26mins: WARATAHS TRY - NAIYARAROVO: Folau gets it from the scrum, steps one and is tackled just a metre out. They go left to Naiyararovo, he beats a couple, does a somersault, and somehow gets it down for the try. He's a machine!

24mins: Waratahs try to rumble it forward from the maul and they're just five metres out. Gordon has a snipe but he's tackled. Highlanders are offside and are penalised. Hooper opts for the scrum right in front of the goal posts.

22mins: Rona looks to find Gordon on his inside but Aaron Smith puts the hand out and knocks it down. We're going upstairs once again. Could be in trouble. And he's shown yellow! Wow. Highlanders down to 13!

20mins: Waratahs look to take it up through their forwards but knock just five out and the Highlanders clear. Beale sees space and finds the sideline near the Highlanders 22m.

18mins: Gordon tries the box kick and Nabura gets up to take it but is penalised for not releasing. Oh my, just on his catch, he booted Clarke right in the face. Looks intentional as well. And he's off! Wow, he's shown red. Really was quite ugly.

16mins: WARATAHS TRY - NAIYARAVORO: So much space on offer for the 'Tahs' backs as Folau makes good ground after a good ball from Beale. There's space down the left wing. The big winger Naiyaravoro gets it, steps out of the tackle of Sopoaga, steps another and takes one over with him for the try. It's honeslty like watching a dad play with his kids, he's huge!

14mins: Beale's kick is touched by a Landers' player, it sits up for Sopoaga but he makes the error and knocks on inside his own half.

12mins: Waratahs again find space through Beale as he takes it up over halfway after Rona's offload. They try and go quickly but knock on in the process.

10mins: Thompson beats a couple and takes the Highlanders up near halfway. Sopoaga finds Nabura with a cross field kick and runs right over the top of Clark. Whitelock finds Ben Smith with the pass from the turf and he gives it to Thompson who offloads to Aaron Smith and he races away for the try. Oh wait, they've called it back. Whitelock's offload was forward.

7mins: Foley's attempt at goal is a good one as it sails down the middle to open his account and give his side the early lead.

5mins: Highlanders want to play it out and the Waratahs turn it over! Folau looks to split Dixon but he's tackled well and Hempop is penalised for not releasing.

3mins: Highlanders finally get it back from the scrum after a couple of restars and Nabura clears it down field for the lineout.

1mins: We're underway and the Waratahs steal the Highlanders' first lineout. Beale's in acres of space and he finds Folau who's tackled inside the the visitors' 22m but they knock on.

9:40pm: Welcome for part two of tonight's double header! Should be a cracker.

Kia ora and welcome to Sydney as the Highlanders take on the Waratahs in round 14 of Super Rugby.  

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Commentary will start at 9:40pm (NZT)

Lineups

Highlanders

15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Sio Tomkinson, 11 Tevita Nabura, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Shannon Frizell, 20 Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Tevita Li

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty

Match officials
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Referees: Will Houston, Graham Cooper
TMO: George Ayoub

Previous meetings
Sat, 27 May 2017 Waratahs v Highlanders 28-44 Dunedin
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 Waratahs v Highlanders 26-30 Sydney
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 Semi Waratahs v Highlanders 17-35 Sydney
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 Waratahs v Highlanders 19-26 Dunedin
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 Waratahs v Highlanders 44-16 Sydney

Head-to-head
Highlanders $1.42 Waratahs $2.85

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