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Osborne scores as Highlanders beat Chiefs

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

AUCKLAND - The Highlanders have further loosened the Chiefs' hold on the Super Rugby title with a 29-25 win in a hard fought contest that produced a nail biting ending in Dunedin.

The loss was the third in a row for the Chiefs and it keeps the two time defending champions outside the top six with two rounds to go.

But the Highlanders, despite being outscored three tries to two, find themselves up in third place as they bid to break a 12-year play-off drought.

Lima Sopoaga's boot proved decisive, the five-eighth landing all his six shots at goal for 16 points to go past assistant coach Tony Brown's franchise season record of 150 points.

They have finished on the right side of the ledger in six of them.

They broke a tight contest open in the 49th minute, with their three All Blacks Aaron Smith, Malakai Fekitoa and Ben Smith was all involved.

After the home side absorbed a period of pressure, hooker Brayden Mitchell grabbed a turnover to set up a big breakout.

Aaron Smith decided against kicking, Fekitoa and winger Richard Buckman carried the attack upfield before Buckman, who also had a strong game defensively, timed his pass to put Ben Smith over.

The conversion made it 20-13 and two further Sopoaga penalties gave the Highlanders some breathing room.

Substitute back Tim Nanai-Williams gave the Chiefs hope with 12 minutes to go when he stepped his way over.

After conceding an early penalty, the Highlanders got the game's first try after some strong running by midfield backs Shaun Treeby and Fekitoa created the chance for winger Patrick Osborne.

The Chiefs hit back almost immediately thanks to a wicked bounce from an Aaron Cruden grubber.

The ball beat a covering Ben Smith and landed in the hands of winger Dwayne Sweeney to dot down.








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