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Hurricanes edge Highlanders with last gasp penalty kick in bruising NZ derby clash

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of tonight's Super Rugby clash between the Hurricanes and Highlanders at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Ngani Laumape crashes into Thomas Umaga-Jensen.
Hurricanes v Highlanders, Super Rugby. Wellington, New Zealand. Friday 8 March 2019. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Hurricanes midfielder Ngani Laumape crashes into Highlanders second-five Thomas Umaga-Jensen. Source: Photosport

FULLTIME - HURRICANES 25 HIGHLANDERS 22

The Hurricanes hold on to win the match after a last gasp penalty kick by Beauden Barrett at goal.

81 mins: HURRICANES 25 HIGHLANDERS 22

THREE! The Highlanders are penalised for playing the ball on the ground and Beauden Barrett leads his side to victory with a successful penalty kick at goal to win the match for the home team.

78 mins: HURRICANES 22 HIGHLANDERS 22

PENALTY! Highlanders' reserve halfback Kayne Hammington is penalised for holding onto the ball in the tackle. And it is Ardie Savea who comes up with the penalty turnover for the Hurricanes, a huge moment in the match. That is Savea's second turnover in just a matter of minutes.

76 mins: HURRICANES 22 HIGHLANDERS 22

The Hurricanes had a real chance after a turnover by Ardie Savea at the breakdown, but Jordie Barrett throws a poor pass to his teammate Chase Tiatia. Probably would have been better off had Jordie kicked it down field. The Highlanders have a scrum just outside the Hurricanes' 22.

71 mins: HURRICANES 22 HIGHLANDERS 22

TRY! A sweetly timed set-move play from the Hurricanes backs off a lineout and it is Ben Lam who goes over to score a crucial try down the left hand edge. The Canes square it up at 22-22.

Beauden Barrett misses his conversion attempt from out wide.

63 mins: HURRICANES 17 HIGHLANDERS 22

THREE! The Highlanders are penalised for an offside play and Beauden Barrett fires his penalty kick from in front of the goal posts over. The home team now trail by five points.

60 mins: HURRICANES 14 HIGHLANDERS 22

TRY! The gamble pays off for the Highlanders as they rumble over to score through a driving lineout maul. All Blacks hooker Liam Coltman is the man with the ball and he gets the visitors' third try of the night.

Marty Banks is online with his conversion attempt from the sideline.

59 mins: HURRICANES 14 HIGHLANDERS 15

PENALTY! The Highlanders have turned down a kickable penalty kick at goal and back their line-out. They have an attacking lineout 5m out for the Hurricanes' goal-line.

57 mins: HURRICANES 14 HIGHLANDERS 15

PENALTY! Hurricanes reserve prop Alex Fidow has been penalised for a high tackle on Highlanders midfielder Thomas Umaga-Jensen just inside his own half.

51 mins: HURRICANES 14 HIGHLANDERS 15

TRY! Highlanders centre Sio Tomkinson times his run to perfection, as he intercepts a pass by Beauden Barrett. He runs in to score untouched under the goal posts after an intercept from 25m out.

Marty Banks nails his conversion attempt from in front of the goal posts. 

43 mins: HURRICANES 14 HIGHLANDERS 8

MISS! Beauden Barrett has a chance to extend his side's lead with a penalty kick from 46m out, but attempt drifts right of the goals posts.

40 mins: HURRICANES 14 HIGHLANDERS 8

And we are back underway! Highlanders' first-five Josh Ioane kicks off short and high towards the Hurricanes.

HALFTIME - HURRICANES 14 HIGHLANDERS 8

The Hurricanes fire a major blow against the Highlanders before the break with Ngani Laumape dotting down to score his second try of the match. In the first spell the Highlanders forwards have been all over the Hurricanes pack.

The home team have been guilty of poor discipline at the break down and the Highlanders' line speed has been creating issues for the Canes.

But you sense the Canes are starting to find some momentum on attack. 

39 mins: HURRICANES 14 HIGHLANDERS 8

TRY! Beauden Barrett regathers a exit kick from the Highlanders, he looks up and sees acres of space out wide. He kicks the ball out wide for Ngani Laumape who regathers the ball. He has only one man to beat, Laumape steps past Highlanders' Josh Ioane and goes in to score his second try of the match.

Beauden Barrett nails his conversion attempt from out wide. 

35 mins: HURRICANES 7 HIGHLANDERS 8

KNOCK-ON! Highlanders winger Tevita Li drops an intercept attempt, had he held onto the ball you would have backed him to go all the way for a try. The Hurricanes are let off the hook and have a scrum 35m out of the Highlanders' goal line. 

31 mins: HURRICANES 7 HIGHLANDERS 8

THREE! The Hurricanes are penalised for playing the ball on the ground and Highlanders' Josh Ioane nails his penalty kick attempt from right in front of the sticks. The Highlanders retake the lead and are back in front 8-7.

27 mins: HURRICANES 7 HIGHLANDERS 5

TRY! TJ Perenara throws a spectacular delayed pass to lock Liam Mitchell who makes a massive break up field. He steps off his left foot before passing the ball to Ngani Laumape who goes crashing over to score the Hurricanes' first try of the match.

Beauden Barrett makes no mistakes with his conversion attempt. The Canes lead 7-5 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.

25 mins: HURRICANES 0 HIGHLANDERS 5

MISS! Josh Ioane misses his penalty attempt from 39m out.

19 mins: HURRICANES 0 HIGHLANDERS 5

SCRUM! Hurricanes' flanker Du'Plessis runs in too high into contact and the Highlanders forwards hold him up at halfway. The ref blows his whistle and rules a scrum to the visitors.

The Hurricanes are struggling to deal with the Highlanders defensive line speed at the moment and their counter rucking at breakdown time.

10 mins: HURRICANES 0 HIGHLANDERS 5

TRY! The Highlanders strike through their halfback Aaron Smith, he makse a smart tackle on Hurricanes' No.8 Ardie Savea who tries to run it out 5m from his own goal-line. The Highlanders forwards drive over and get a crucial turnover. Smith regathers the ball and grounds the ball on the try-line.

The conversion attempt from Josh Ioane is offline from the sideline.

7 mins: HURRICANES 0 HIGHLANDERS 0

A scrappy start from both teams, there has already been over three scrums to start this match. Both sides guilty of trying to do much with the ball when nothing is on.

HURRICANES 0 HIGHLANDERS 0

Hurricanes midfielder Ngani Laumape breaks a tackle to score a try in the Super Rugby match, Hurricanes v Brumbies, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North, Friday, March 01, 2019. Copyright photo: Kerry Marshall / www.photosport.nz
Hurricanes midfielder Ngani Laumape breaks a tackle to score a try against the Brumbies in Palmerston North. Source: Photosport

KICK-OFF! Beauden Barrett gets things started with a deep kick towards the Highlanders. Thomas Umaga-Jensen tries to regather the ball but he has fumbled it and Canes have an attacking scrum just inside the Highlanders' 22.

PRE-MATCH:

The Hurricanes are coming off a 43-13 win over the Brumbies last Friday. The Highlanders however are looking to bounce back after a 24-19 loss to the Melbourne Rebels last weekend.

Chase Tiatia holds onto the fullback position for the Hurricanes after his impressive debut last week in Palmerston North which means Jordie Barrett has been moved to the wing.

Rookie flanker Du'Plessis Kirifi cements his spot at openside flanker with Ardie Savea retaining the No.8 jersey for the Canes.

The Highlanders welcome back All Blacks stars including fullback Ben Smith, halfback Aaron Smith and loose forward Luke Whitelock.

Last time the Hurricanes and Highlanders met in June last year, the Canes went down 30-14 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. 

TEAMS:

Hurricanes: 1 Chris Eves, 2 Dane Coles (c), 3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen, 4 James Blackwell, 5 Liam Mitchell, 6 Vaea Fifita, 7 Du'Plessis Kirifi, 8 Ardie Savea, 9 TJ Perenara, 10 Beauden Barrett, 11 Ben Lam, 12 Ngani Laumape, 13 Matt Proctor, 14 Jordie Barrett, 15 Chase Tiatia.

Reserves: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ben May, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Vince Aso.

Highlanders: 1 Ayden Johnstone, 2 Liam Coltman, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 5 Josh Dickson, 6 Jackson Hemopo, 7 James Lentjes, 8 Luke Whitelock (co-captain), 9 Aaron Smith, 10 Josh Ioane, 11 Tevita Li, 12 Thomas Umaga-Jensen, 13 Patelesio Tomkinson, 14 Richard Buckman, 15 Ben Smith (co-captain).

Reserves: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Josh Iosefa-Scott, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Waisake Naholo.