Malakai Fekitoa of the Highlanders on the attack. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)
The Highlanders have started the Super 15 with a bang
defeating the much-fancied Blues 29-21 at Forsyth Barr
The win came from a side which made the most of any chance
that came along, and the victory was set up in the first half
with the home team leasing 24-0 at the break.
The team tackled bravely in the second half and held on
against a disjointed and flat Blues outfit.
Nasi Manu led from the front for the home team along with
halfback Aaron Smith and losoe forwards Gareth Evans and
The win meant the Highlanders hold on to the Gordon Hunter
Highlanders 29 (Aaron Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Ben Smith,
Patrick Osborne tries; Lima Sopoaga 3 con, pen) Blues 21
(Francis Saili, Angus Ta'avao, Patrick Tuipulotu tries; Chris
Noakes 3 con) Halftime: 24-0