Sopoaga kicks off for the Highlanders and we are underway.
The last time these teams met was a battle won by five tries to one in last year's semi-final by the Highlanders. Richard Buckman's try before half-time proved to be essential given the Highlanders were trailing, going in ahead 15-14, before Waisake Naholo, Patrick Osborne and finally a controversial penalty try, for which Jacques Potgieter was yellow carded, sealed a 35-17 win.
The Highlanders have beaten the Waratahs in three of the last four encounters between these two sides but in the last four clashes in Sydney it is the Waratahs who have been victorious three times.
A cool and dry evening awaits the players in Sydney tonight so the weather offers no excuses for either side here.
Team news: Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has made two changes to his side. Those two changes are made up front with Wycliff Palu set to have his first start of the season, the backline is unchanged. Palu comes into the starting line up in the number eight jersey and hooker Tolu Latu comes in for the injured Tatafu Polota-Nau, who fractued his arm during the Brumbies match.
Meanwhile, Christie is one of four changes named by Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph. Christie comes in at openside flanker for Dan Pryor, who is sidelined with concussion, while Joe Wheeler, also a victim of a head knock, is replaced by Tom Franklin on the blindside. Liam Squire comes in at the back of the scrum for Luke Whitelock who is sidelined with a knee injury, with Patrick Osborne dropping out of the matchday squad due to a hip injury with Ryan Tongia taking his place on the left wing.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Super Rugby 2016 clash between the Waratahs and the Highlanders from the Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
The Highlanders keep it in hand early on before being forced into touch.
Strong defence early on from the Highlanders before finally conceding a penalty for offside. Beale looks for field position and moves the Waratahs to just outside the Highlanders 22.
Obstruction penalty to the Waratahs, Folau impeded chasing Beale's kick and Beale will take a shot at goal. He misses to the left!
Scrum on halfway to the Highlanders.
Sopoaga''s tactical kick has handed the Waratahs possession as it sits up for Folau.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TONGIA! 0-5: Line break from the Highlanders off the back of the line-out and Thompson offloads to Tongia who uses his pace to get to the line and add five points for the Highlanders.
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 0-7: Sopoaga adds the extra two.
Half break by Fekitoa before the Waratahs manage to turn the ball over via Hooper.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 0-10: The Waratahs caught offside and Sopoaga adds three points with his deadly boot.
The Waratahs looking to get some momentum but lose the ball forward just outside the Highlanders 22.
Great kick by Aaron Smith off the back of the scrum takes play to just outside the Waratahs 22.
Scrum time penalty to the Highlanders as the Waratahs scrum just dissolved in the face of the Highlanders power. Sopoaga will take a shot at goal. He misses to the left with a tricky kick though. Waratahs will drop out.
First Beale then Folau get good go forward ball before Mumm loses the ball forward but the referee was playing an advantage. Beale will take the shot at goal. Missed again, the Waratahs heads drop.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, SQUIRE! 0-15: Lost forward by the Waratahs and picked up by Edmonds who bursts forward and offloads to Squire who breaks the tackle and sprints to the line! Try!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 0-17: Sopoaga adds two points!
Highlanders are nearly in again but just can't find the final pass and eventually the 'Tahs steal it and Phipps puts the ball into touch.
Folau takes well from the high ball before offloading to nobody and in to touch.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, DIXON! 0-22: Hooper leaves it behind for the 'Tahs and the Highlanders have it. Ben Smith kicks ahead and Faddes wins the race to the ball, he opts to kick it rather than gather and Elliot Dixon gets the bounce and scores!
Sopoaga misses the conversion.
That's it for the first half and it has been all about the Highlanders as the Waratahs trail by 0-22.
The Waratahs are having a go at the Highlanders line before Beale loses the ball forward after contact and the chance is gone.
Waratahs lose the ball after a line-out and the Highlanders can clear.
Beale kicks off for the 'Tahs and the second half is go!
Great work by Beale to get around the edges of the Highlanders defence before kicking ahead for Phipps who gathers but his offload to Mumm is spilled.
Tongia gathers Sopoaga's chip and sprints for the line but he is hauled an before the ball is recycled and Fekitoa throws a forward pass. Scrum 'Tahs.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, DIXON! 0-27: Dixon plucks the ball out of the air from the bomb! He turns and runs in a simple try after some great work in the air.
Sopoaga has missed the conversion again.
Lost forward by Guildford off of a worked move from a line-out. Scrum to the Highlanders.
Folau loses it forward and the Highlanders will have a scrum feed 10 metres inside their own half.
DROP GOAL, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 0-30: Sopoaga with a snap drop from 25 metres out and it's good!
TRY, WARATAHS, HOLLOWAY! 5-30: The Waratahs maintain possession and keep attacking until Holloway finds a hole and crosses the whitewash.
CONVERSION, WARATAHS, BEALE! 7-30: Beale adds the conversion.
'Tahs attack from a line-out but are clumsy to find themselves accidentally offside at the maul. Scrum Highlanders inside their own 22.
Defensive penalty to the Waratahs but Beale fails to find touch.
A kick and chase again from the Highlanders who wrap Phipps up but the Waratahs get a penalty as Phipps wasn't allowed to play the ball.
TRY, WARATAHS, HOLLOWAY! 12-30: Beale's offload sets Holloway away and he shows good strength to get to the line and score!
Beale misses the conversion.
TRY, WARATAHS, ROBINSON! 17-30: Robinson steals the ball at short range and powers over the line!
CONVERSION, WARATAHS, BEALE! 19-30: Converted by Beale and this game may be back on!
TRY, WARATAHS, HOLLOWAY! 24-30: Waratahs drive over the line it's not clear if the ball has been grounded, we will go upstairs. The TMO has given it!
The Waratahs are piling on the pressure now and they have an attacking line-out five metres out.
CONVERSION,WARATAHS, BEALE! 26-30: Beale adds two.
Good attacking from the 'Tahs but they run out of space and the Highlanders will have a line-out.
The Highlanders defence holds steady for now and they have a penalty on their own 22.
The Highlanders are winding down the clock here as their forwards keep the ball tight and they win another penalty.
We will have a line-out now and the hooter has gone, Highlanders feed. Smith bangs it in to touch and that is that the Highlanders hold on winning here by 26-30!