7 Jul 2013

Highlanders pip Hurricanes in thriller

9:37 am on 7 July 2013

The Highlanders almost squandered leads of more than 20 points, but hung on to pip the Hurricanes 49-44 in their Super Rugby clash in Wellington.

The Highlanders led 27-6 and 49-27 during the match, which had little riding on it as both sides will miss the playoffs.

HIGHLANDERS 49 (Elliot Dixon, Tamati Ellison, Hosea Gear, Kade Poki, Aaron Smith, Mose Tuiali'i tries Colin Slade 3, Hayden Parker 2 cons Slade 3 pens)

HURRICANES 44 (James Broadhurst, Ash Dixon, Ben Franks, Julian Savea, Chris Smylie tries Beauden Barrett 5 cons 3 pens)