Paul Williams is the referee for this fixture.
Highlanders: 1. Daniel Lienert-Brown 2. Ash Dixon (cc) 3. Siate Tokolahi 4. Josh Dickson 5. Jack Regan 6. Shannon Frizell 7. Billy Harmon 8. Marino Mikaele-Tu’u 9. Folau Fakatava 10. Josh Ioane 11. Jona Nareki 12. Patelesio Tomkinson 13. Ngatungane Punivai 14. Connor Garden-Bachop 15. Mitch Hunt. Reserves: 16. Liam Coltman 17. Josh Hohneck 18. Jeff Thwaites 19. Manaaki Selby-Rickit 20. Liam Squire 21. Aaron Smith (cc) 22. Solomon Alaimalo 23. Hugh Renton
Chiefs: 1. Reuben O’Neill 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho 3. Sione Mafileo 4. Tupou Vaa’i 5. Naitoa Ah Kuoi 6. Samipeni Finau 7. Sam Cane (cc) 8. Luke Jacobson 9. Brad Weber (cc) 10. Bryn Gatland 11. Etene Nanai-Seturo 12. Anton Lienert-Brown 13. Sean Wainui 14. Jonah Lowe 15. Damian McKenzie. Reserves: 16. Bradley Slater 17. Ollie Norris 18. Angus Ta’avao 19. Mitchell Brown 20. Mitchell Karpik 21. Xavier Roe 22. Alex Nankivell 23. Shaun Stevenson
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby Aotearoa clash between the Chiefs and the Highlanders at the FMG Stadium in Waikato.
Gatland kicks off and Cane does well to ensure that the Chiefs win an early penalty for holding on.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 3-0: McKenzie steps up under the posts and puts the first points on the board for the Chiefs.
A penalty goes against the Chiefs for Jacobson not supporting his body weight. Josh Ioane has a shot at posts from around 45 metres out and misses.
It's been a fast-paced start to this match with Paul Williams not afraid to blow his whistle.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 3-3: The Highlanders win another penalty and this one is very kickable. Ioane makes no mistake this time and levels the scores.
Frizell is penalised now for a high tackle and McKenzie will have a shot at posts.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 6-3: McKenzie slots the penalty over and the Chiefs are in the lead again.
Great work from the Highlanders following a well-worked lineout. Hunt slices through the defence and passes to Nareki, who is stopped by McKenzie's try-saving tackle!
YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, TOMKINSON! With the Highlanders under pressure, Paul Williams loses patience after an accumulation of penalties and hands out a yellow card. The Chiefs have a five-metre scrum.
TRY, CHIEFS, JACOBSON! 11-3: The Chiefs look to force their way over following the scrum. A nice pass from Weber allows Jacobson to run the perfect line and crash over!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 13-3: McKenzie was never going to miss from there!
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 13-6: The penalty count continues to rise and Ioane knocks one over from right outside the 22, right under the sticks.
TRY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 18-6: Yet again, the Chiefs stretch the Highlanders following a five-metre scrum. McKenzie is played into space and goes over for the try right under the posts!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 20-6: McKenzie slots the conversion over to his own try.
YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, DIXON! 20-6: Dixon commits an infringement at the ruck after a couple of potentially forward passes from the Chiefs are overlooked. The Highlanders are down to 14 again!
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NAREKI! 20-11: The Highlanders hit the Chiefs on the break after being under severe pressure. Nareki goes all the way to the try-line!
The conversion attempt is botched by Ioane and the Chiefs remain nine points to the good.
The Highlanders win a penalty as the Chiefs are blown up for holding on. This one is about 42 metres out and Ioane is going for posts.
Once again, Ioane misses. The Chiefs punt the ball back downfield and the Highlanders return it. Now, the Chiefs are looking to run it out of their half. Weber is blown up for a knock-on.
Off we go for the start of the second half.
HALF-TIME: CHIEFS 20-11 HIGHLANDERS. The Highlanders are working the ball through the phases, piling pressure on the Chiefs as half-time looms. The Chiefs win possession back and McKenzie chases a chip-kick, but loses it forward. That will be it for the first half. It has been a scrappy one, but the Chiefs have dominated for the most part.
The Chiefs look to string an attack together from inside their own half, but Frizell does well to win a penalty for the Highlanders around halfway for holding on.
The Highlanders set up an attacking lineout around the 22. However, the ball is spilled in contact and the Chiefs survive the short spell of pressure.
The Highlanders set up another attacking lineout, this one right in the corner, and they get the advantage.
Back we go for the penalty against Vaa'i for not rolling away. The Highlanders set up another attacking lineout. They need to be more clinical from these.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FAKATAVA! 20-16: The Highlanders' patience pays off as Fakatava spots a gap in the defence and bursts through for a crucial try!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 20-18: Ioane slots the conversion over. We have a two-point ball game.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FRIZELL! 20-23: Nareki goes on a marauding run through the heart of the defence, breaking two tackles and getting the offload away through the third. Frizell is there in support and finishes off!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 20-25: Ioane slots the conversion over and the Highlanders lead by five!
McKenzie's pass to Gatland on his own 22 is a poor one and it's spilled forward. The Highlanders have an attacking scrum because of that unforced error.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NAREKI! 20-30: It goes from bad to worse for the Chiefs as Nareki goes round the outside to score!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 20-32: Ioane's kick from the right-hand touchline is perfect as the Highlanders stretch their lead to 12 points!
The Highlanders endure a period on the back foot, but a clearance into touch by Mitch Hunt puts paid to that.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 23-32: Smith strays offside following a Chiefs lineout and the hosts have a penalty. They go for posts and Damian McKenzie slots the kick over.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NAREKI! 23-37: The Highlanders set up another attacking lineout and work the ball from right to left. Nareki receives the wide pass from Hunt and slides over in the corner!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 23-39: Another great kick from Ioane as he slots the conversion over from near the left touchline.
The Chiefs look rattled and they concede a scrum penalty inside the Highlanders half, allowing another attacking lineout to be set up inside their own, just outside the 22.
Nareki once again looks to cut a knife through the defence following the lineout. He offloads to Thwaites, but the big man knocks it on.
TRY DISALLOWED! Nanai-Seturo goes over the try-line and we go upstairs to have a look at it. The try is ruled out, however, due to Brown having led with his elbow into contact during the build-up.
FULL-TIME: CHIEFS 23-39 HIGHLANDERS. From 20-6 down, the Highlanders launched a sensational comeback to claim a vital victory. Nareki was the star of the show and the Highlanders bounced back from their heartbreaking loss to the Crusaders in the first round.