Rugby: Highlanders lose first pre-season game

Brad Thorn of Highlanders makes a break during the 2013 Super Rugby pre-season friendly match between the Chiefs and the Highlanders at Owen Delany Park, Taupo. (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images)
Brad Thorn of Highlanders makes a break during the 2013 Super Rugby pre-season friendly match between the Chiefs and the Highlanders at Owen Delany Park, Taupo. (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images)
The Highlanders have lost their first pre-season hit-out of the season, going down 36-14 to the Chiefs.

The Chiefs were ahead 22-7 at halftime.

The Southern franchise will get a chance to avenge the loss when the sides will kick off the Super 15 at Forsyth Barr Stadium on February 22 and meet again in Hamilton exactly one month later.

Chiefs 36 (Gareth Anscombe (2), Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Augustine Pulu, Fritz Lee tries; Gareth Anscombe 4 con, pen. Highlanders 14 (Hosea Gear, Tony Ensor tries; Lima Sopoaga 2 con)