Super Rugby 2019: Hurricanes come from behind to beat Highlanders

The Hurricanes have come from behind to beat the Highlanders 25-22 at the Cake Tin in Wellington with a dramatic last second penalty off the foot of Beauden Barrett.

The Highlanders started the better of the two sides - scoring in the first 15 minutes through halfback Aaron Smith.

Some heroic defence from the visitors kept the Hurricanes from scoring through the opening half of the first half until Ngani Laumape finished off a fantastic break from lock Liam Mitchell who ran a great line to set up the try.

The second Hurricanes try came at the end of the first half when a Beauden Barrett cross-field kick found Laumape out wide, the big second-five beat Josh Ioane to score his second of the match.

Sio Tomkinson scored first in the second half, intercepting a pass from Beauden Barrett to take the visitors out to a one-point lead.

The Highlanders set the precedence from the outset with their defence and it was no different in the early parts of the second half.

A lineout drive from the Highlanders saw Liam Coltman score in the 60th minute to take the match out to an eight-point game.

Fantastic work from the Hurricanes backs set up Ben Lam in the corner as the big winger tied up the game with eight minutes to go.

The Highlanders were hot on the attack and pushing for victory when flanker Ardie Savea produced a game-defining moment - winning a penalty at the breakdown to help the hosts to some field position.

Another penalty after the full-time hooter won by TJ Perenara gave Beauden Barrett a chance to seal the game from the tee - he made no mistake, completing a come from behind victory to see the Hurricanes move to four wins and one loss this year.