2 Mar 2014

Chiefs beat Highlanders

5:22 am on 2 March 2014

The Chiefs have recorded their second win in the Super Rugby competition, coming from behind to beat a dogged Highlanders side 21-19 in hamilton.

The 2-time-defending champions trailed 16-7 at the break after giving away a rash of penalties but drew level with tries by number eight Liam Messam and inside centre Charlie Ngatai.

First-five Aaron Cruden converted Ngatai's try to give the Chiefs a two-point lead with 11 minutes to play and the home side held on to maintain their perfect start from two games in the season.

Flanker John Hardie crossed for the Highlanders' only try in the 31st minute after winger Tim Nanai-Williams scored the Chiefs' first five-pointer in the 10th minute.

Highlanders flyhalf Lima Sopoaga kicked well to finish with 14 points from four penalties and a conversion.

The Highlanders are 1-1 after their first two games.