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Match officials : Our referee is Brendon Pickerill. He will be assisted by Jono Bredin and Mike Fraser. The TMO is Aaron Paterson.
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Highlanders: 15 Connor Garden-Bachop, 14 Sam Gilbert, 13 Thomas Umaga-Jensen, 12 Fetuli Paea, 11 Scott Gregory, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith (c), 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Christian Lio-Willie, 5 Sam Caird, 4 Bryna Evans, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Daniel Lienert Brown Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Max Hicks, 20 James Jentjes, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Hugh Renton.
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Fijian Drua: 15 Kitione Taliga, 14 Selestino Ravutaumada, 13 Apisalome Vota, 12 Kalaveti Ravouvou, 11 Vinaya Habosi, 10 Teli Tela, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Te Ahiwaru Cirikdaveta, 7 Joseva Tamani, 6 Meli Derenalagi (c), 5 Ratu Rotuisolia, 4 Isoa Nasilasila, 3 Manasa Saulo, 2 Mesu Dolokoto, 1 Haereiti Hetet Replacements: 16 Tevita Ikanivere, 17 Meli Tuni, 18 Samu Tawake, 19 Villiame Rarasea, 20 Joseva Tamani, 21 Simione Kuruvoli, 22 Onisi Ratave, 23 Kitione Ratu.
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The Highlanders went down 28-17 to the Brumbies in the previous round, while the Drua were beaten 35-18 by the Blues.
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The Highlanders, who have been struggling this season find themselves in 10th position, while the Drua are 11th.
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G'Day and welcome to the ANZ Stadium in Suva, for our coverage of this Super Rugby Pacific clash between Fijian Drua and the Highlanders.
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Kick-off! We are underway here in the Fijian capital. A late change for the Drua. Vilive Miramora and Meli Tuni have been replaced by Joseva Tamani and Kitione Salawa.
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TRY, FIJIAN DRUA, LOMANI! 5-0: The Highlanders secure the first scrum and kick deep. The Drua launch an attack in their own half. Habosi is into a gap and offloads to Lomani in support. Great finish by the Drua and Mitch Hunt will regret that aimless kick!
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CONVERSION, FIJIAN DRUA, TELA! 7-0: Teli Tela slots the easy kick.
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The Highlanders feed a scrum five metres out and after a few resets Aaron Smith goes wide and they score against the bottom of the post and come back for a five metre scrum, as that rule has changed!
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TRY, HIGHLANDERS, GILBERT! 7-5: Smith clears the scrum but goes blindside this time. At first the Drua defence hold out before he goes wide with numbers waiting for Sam Gilbert to SCORE near the corner.
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CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, HUNT! 7-7: Hunt makes no mistake with the kick and we are level.
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Lomani slots a high-kick but the Drua spill it for a Highlanders scrum near halfway.
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The Highlanders secure a free-kick and opt for another scrum. Smith clears the next one and they go wide before kicking deep.
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TRY, FIJIAN DRUA, HABOSI! 12-7: Connor Garden-Bachop storms into a gap and the Highlanders make good ground before it is turned over. The Highlanders get it back and then it is turned-over again by Lomani. Quick hands by the Drua sends Habosi away to run at least 60 metres to SCORE! Great work!
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CONVERSION, FIJIAN DRUA, TELA! 14-7: Teli Tela slots the conversion.
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The Highlanders secure an offside penalty near the Drua 22 and Aaron Smith says they will have a shot at goal.
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PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, HUNT! 14-10: Mitch Hunt sends it down the middle!
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TRY, FIJIAN DRUA, RAVOUVOU! 19-10: Meli Derenalagi secures a good Drua line-out. They string nine phases together before Habosi sets off on a good run. He is stopped short six metres out. The ball is recycled before Ravouvou SCORES after the completion of 10 patient phases.
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CONVERSION, FIJIAN DRUA, TELA! 21-10: Teli Tela slots another good conversion from the corner.
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It's a penalty at the scrum for the Drua. They are happy with that and Tela finds touch.
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They opt for a short line-out but mess it with a skew throw. That has been their achilles heel this season.
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Aaron Smith comes away with the ball at the back of the scrum and goes wide before they kick ahead and the ball is spilled.
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Marino Mikaele-Tu’u clears it at the back of the scrum but they come back for a penalty after good work by the Highlanders. Mitch Hunt finds touch inside the 22.
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TRY, HIGHLANDERS, MIKAELE-TU'U! 21-15: The Highlanders secure a scrappy line-out before Marino Mikaele-Tu’u uses his power to STORM over and SCORE!
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CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, HUNT! 21-17: Mitch Hunt slots an easy kick.
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The Drua make their way into Highlanders territory and after nine phases they lose the ball in the tackle.
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The Highlanders secure the scrum but believe it or not Aaron Smith uncharacteristically spills the ball at the back.
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PENALTY, FIJIAN DRUA, TELA! 24-17: The Drua secure their scrum and go wide before securing an offside penalty. Tela extends their lead on the cusp of the break.
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HALF-TIME: FIJIAN DRUA 24-17 : The Drua have the edge at the break in what was a pulsating half. Will we see more of the Drua speedsters after the break? It certainly looks like it.
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Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
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Joseva Tamani tries a grubber but it goes wrong. Somehow the Drua get it back for a scrum in their own 22.
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A period of scrappy play ends with a Drua scrum near halfway.
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The Highlanders are struggling with the humidity at the moment. The Highlanders go wide after a scrum and Gregory is forced into touch on the left.
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PENALTY, FIJIAN DRUA, HUNT! 24-20: It's a Highlanders penalty at the breakdown inside the Drua half right in front. Mitch Hunt narrows the gap to four points with a decent kick. He certainly took his time!
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The Drua get possession near halfway and kick high. Smith sends it back and it's spilled by the Drua for Gregory to clear.
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We have seen numerous handling errors from both teams since the break.
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After some more kicking the Drua come away with an offside penalty and the crowd ROARS in agreement! They find touch near the Highlanders' 22.
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Once again the line-out is messed up and the Highlanders come away with it.
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Evans takes the ball into contact for the Highlanders inside the Drua 22. They recycle it and after six phases Sam Gilbert is hit by a strong tackle and it goes forward. He may still feel that tackle tomorrow!
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The Drua cannot get out of their 22 and the Highlanders come away with a scrum as Apisalome Vota loses it in the tackle.
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Aaron Smith clears the scrum and the Highlanders cross the advantage line to secure a penalty at the breakdown. Hunt goes for the corner.
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TRY, HIGHLANDERS, MARSHALL! 24-25: The line-out is secured and the maul gets going. They go forward slowly and then Rhys Marshall SCORES under a penalty advantage! A well worked TRY!
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CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, HUNT! 24-27: Mitch Hunt slots an easy kick after some more time-wasting! Surely he should be warned?
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Hunt gathers the restart and finds touch very quickly inside the Drua half. The Drua mess it up again and the Highlanders secure the set-piece. Hunt's cross-kick is secured but the Drua turn it over at the breakdown. Superb!
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Aaron Smith has now been replaced by the exciting Folau Fakatava.
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Fakatava feeds his first scrum inside his own half and they secure a free-kick. Hunt finds touch and the Drua takes a quick throw. That was better than losing it at the line-out.
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The Drua had the bases loaded inside the Highlanders' 22 before Joseva Tamani loses it forward under pressure.
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Hunt's cross-kick falls for the Drua and they launch an attack from inside their 22. They then kick deep for Gregory to collect. After another kick the Drua take it into touch for a Highlanders line-out.
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The line-out is secured and Hugh Renton takes it into the tackle. They string seven phases together before earning a penalty in front. Hunt finds touch. Interesting call.
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The line-out is secured and the Highlanders clear it but Paea then loses it.
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Tela finds touch near the Highlanders' 22 after a penalty at the breakdown. This time Tevita Ikanivere finds his man and the Drua keep the ball in hand.
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The Drua string seven phases together before Tela tries a grubber but Folau Fakatava gathers.
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The Drua make their way into the 22 before it is ripped away. The Highlanders kick deep and after a knock they feed a scrum near the Drua 22. The Highlanders look drained and they take a breather.
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Marino Mikaele-Tu’u clears the scrum and they keep the ball in hand long enough until the hooter sounds.
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FULL-TIME: FIJIAN DRUA 24-27 : The Highlanders spoil the party here in Suva and they prevent the Drua from scoring in the second half. The home team had their chances and will regret kicking the ball away at crucial moments. Thank you for joining us.
Fijian Drua
Highlanders
3
Tries
3
3' Lomani Frank
15' Habosi Vinaya
23' Ravouvou Kala...
9' Gilbert Sam
32' Mikaele Tu'u ...
61' Marshall Rhys
3
Conversions
3
4' Tela Teti
16' Tela Teti
24' Tela Teti
10' Hunt Mitchell
33' Hunt Mitchell
62' Hunt Mitchell
1
Penalties
2
39' Tela Teti
20' Hunt Mitchell
49' Hunt Mitchell
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Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Hetet Haereiti
Dolokoto Mesulame
Saulo Manasa
Rarasea Viliame
Rotuisolia Ratu
Tamani Joseva
Derenalagi Meli
Cirikidaveta Te A...
Lomani Frank
Tela Teti
Habosi Vinaya
Ravouvou Kalaveti
Vota Apisalome
Ravutaumada Seles...
Taliga Kitione
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
De Groot Ethan
Makalio Andrew
Ainsley Jermaine
Evans Bryn
Caird Sam
Lio-Willie Christian
Harmon Billy
Mikaele Tu'u Marino
Smith Aaron
Hunt Mitchell
Gregory Scott
Paea Fetuli
Umaga-Jensen Thomas
Gilbert Sam
Garden-Bachop Connor
8
Reserves
8
Tawake Samu
Ikanivere Tevita
Kuruvoli Simione
Ratu Kitione
Salawa Kitione
Nasilasila Isoa
Ratave Onisi
Tuni Meli
18
16
21
23
20
19
22
17
Lienert-Brown Daniel
Lentjes James
Banks Marty
Hohneck Josh
Marshall Rhys
Fakatava Folau
Renton Hugh
Hicks Max