Richard 'Barracuda' Buckman ignites late attack as Highlanders outclass plucky French Barbarians in Invercargill

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's coverage of tonight's rugby match between the Highlanders and the French Barbarians at Rugby Park in Invercargill tonight.


The Highlanders were simply too good for the French as they managed to find their groove on attack in the second spell. Passes began to stick with the Highlanders bench players making a big impact. The home side ran in four tries in the second half with the French managing a consolation try in the 80th minute.

80 mins - HIG 29 FRB 10

TRY! France get the last say with a consolation try through left winger Hugo Bonneval. The French opt for a drop kick from out wide as the final siren sounds and the kick is good.

78 mins - HIG 29 FRB 3

TRY! Richard Buckman sets up the fourth try for his side looks to throw a pass on the inside but he puts his foot down down the right edge then sucks in the last defender before passing the ball to Rob Thompson.

Josh Ioane lands his first conversion of the match.

72 mins - HIG 22 FRB 3

NO TRY! The French get so close to scoring off a rolling maul but they lose the ball forward as centre Damian Penaud reached out to ground the ball.

66 mins - HIG 22 FRB 3

TRY! Greg Pleasants-Tate powers over to score from close range after a superb pick and go. Lima Sopoaga's night is over and Josh Ioane takes over the kicking duties.

Ioane's first shot at goal is no good.

61 mins - HIG 17 FRB 3

TRY! The Highlanders cross over for their third try with Lima Sopoaga strolling over to score after the Highlanders showcase some sweet passing, putting the No. 10 into a massive hole. Josh Ioane delivered the first pin-point pass for Rob Thompson with the Highlanders centre throw an easy pop pass for Sopoaga to score.

Lima Sopoaga nails his first conversion of the night from easy range.

60 mins - HIG 10 FRB 3

LINE-OUT! The Highlanders earn themselves another penalty and turn down the option at scrum with Lima Sopoaga kicking the ball into touch. The home team have an attacking line-out five metres out of the French goal-line.

57 mins - HIG 10 FRB 3

SCRUM! The French come up with a huge mistake at line-out time as they fumble the ball deep inside their own 22. The home team are in excellent position to pile on more points.

47 mins - HIG 10 FRB 3

TRY! The Highlanders spin the ball wide and Josh McKay finishes off an excellent Highlanders play. Lima Sopoaga throws and awesome wide pass to Elliot Dixon with the Highlanders No.8 popping a perfect pass to McKay who dots down over in the left hand corner.

Lima Sopoaga is offline with his kick at goal from the sideline.

42 mins - HIG 5 FRB 3

France's fullback Julien Dumora opts for a chip and chase play inside the Highlanders' 22 his winger Arthur Retiere almost regathers the ball but he knocks the ball on.

40 mins - HIG 5 FRB 3

And we are back underway with the French kicking off short to the Highlanders!

Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders in action during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions played at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand, Saturday 12 May 2018. Copyright Image: Joe Allison /
Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders in action during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Source: Photosport


39 mins: HIG 5 FRB 3

The French Barbarians' defence holds up as they hold out another flurry of attack from the home team. The Highlanders let another try-scoring chance go begging, losing the ball in close quarters deep inside the visitors' half.

37 mins: HIG 5 FRB 3

SCRUM! The Highlanders are hot on attack but they fumble the ball and the French have a defensive scrum 5m out of their own goal-line.

31 mins: HIG 5 FRB 3

MISS! James Lentjes is penalised for not releasing the ball at the breakdown. The French Barbarians first-five and captain Jean Marc Doussain misses his shot at goal from 40m out.

29 mins: HIG 5 FRB 3

PENALTY! Just as it looked like the Highlanders were going to muster another attack French Barbarians flanker Yoan Tanga Mangene earns his side a break with a much needed turnover. The Highlanders are penalised for not releasing the ball in the tackle.

22 mins: HIG 5 FRB 3

Josh Renton makes a fantastic break from inside his own 40m line, he throws a dummy and the French defence opens up. He beats the fullback and offloads the ball to winger Matt Faddes, the Highlanders winger tries to offload the ball to his teammate but he passes it to a French player.

17 mins: HIG 5 FRB 3

TRY! The Highlanders set a solid line-out drive and power over the try-line with James Lentjes scoring the first five-pointer of the match.

Lima Sopoaga's conversion attempt slides just across the uprights.

16 mins: HIG 0 FRB 3

PENALTY! The Highlanders screw the scrum and earn themselves a penalty, Lima Sopoaga kicks the ball over the sideline and the Highlanders have an attacking line-out deep inside the French team's 22.

13 mins: HIG 0 FRB 3

THREE! Jean Marc Doussain slots his penalty kick from out wide and the French Barbarians are on the scoreboard first.

11 mins: HIG 0 FRB 0

The home team get their first shot on attack opting to shift the ball inside their own 22. Lima Sopoaga delivers a pin-point pass to Josh McKay who makes a surging run down the left flank. His offload doesn't find its mark and the French regain possession.

5 mins: HIG 0 FRB 0

The French are ruled to not have thrown the ball in straight and they hand the ball back to the home side.

4 mins: HIG 0 FRB 0

PENALTY! The Highlanders are penalised for an infringement in the ruck and the French get their first chance of attacking off a set play. They kick the ball deep into the Highlanders' 22. 

3 mins: HIG 0 FRB 0

The Highlanders get out of their danger zone after winning a scrum inside their own 22. They spread the ball through the hands in the backline and the Highlanders' Josh McKay kicks the ball over the halfway line. A good clearance from the fullback.


KICK-OFF! Lima Sopoaga kicks off short to the French Barbarians.


Despite a number of front-line players involved with the All Blacks in Dunedin tomorrow, the Highlanders still have a formidable side with the likes of Lima Sopoaga and Elliot Dixon named to start against the French.

Sopoaga will be sharing the captaincy with hooker Ash Dixon.

Richard Buckman partners up with in-form Super Rugby centre Rob Thompson in the midfield.

Their Southern rivals the Crusaders defeated the French Barbarians 42-26 in Christchurch last week.


Highlanders: 15 Josh McKay, 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga (co-captain), 9 Josh Renton, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Josh Dickson, 5 Paripari Parkinson, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (cc), 1 Aki Seiuli.

Reserves: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Guy Millar, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Dan Pryor, 20 Marino Mikaele Tu'u, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Thomas Umaga-Jensen.

French Barbarians: 15 Julien Dumora, 14 Arthur Retiere, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Pierre Fouyssac, 11 Hugo Bonneval, 10 Jean Marc Doussain (captain), 9 Thibault Daubanga,
8 Fabien Sanconnie, 7 Patrick Sobela, 6 Yoan Tanga Mangene, 5 Swan Rebbadj, 4 Florian Veraeghe, 3 Sebastian Tafifenua, 2 Quentin Lespiauca-Brettes, 1 Quentin Bethune.

Reserves: 16 Julien Marchand, 17 Antoine Tichit, 18 Pierre Bougarit, 19 Thomas Jolmes, 20 Judicael Cancoriet, 21 Francois Cros, 22 Alexis Bales, 23 Emerick Seitiano.

39 mins: HIG 5 FRB 3
39 mins: HIG 5 FRB 3
60 mins - HIG 10 FRB 3
66 mins - HIG 22 FRB 3

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