Paul Williams is the referee for this clash. He is assisted by Jamie Nutbrown and James Doleman, while Shane McDermott is the TMO.
Chiefs: 15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Angus Ta?avao, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Karl Tu?inukuafe. Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei?aho, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Mitch Karpik, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Shaun Stevenson
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (cc), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (cc), 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown. Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Richard Buckman.
Siate Tokolahi returns at tighthead prop for the Highlanders, while Tyler Ardron replaces the injured Brodie Retallick at lock for the Chiefs.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Highlanders and the Chiefs at the ANZ National Stadium.
The Highlanders get the game underway through Sopoaga. The Chiefs win an early penalty at the ruck and put the ball in touch.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, ALAIMALO! 0-5: Alaimalo gets a clever pass from Messam, breaks through the defence and goes all the way!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 0-7: McKenzie adds the extras.
Dan Lienert-Brown is penalised for collapsing a scrum just inside Chiefs territory. The visitors set up the lineout, which Messam takes on the 10-metre line.
Naholo is penalised for offside. It?s within kicking range, but McKenzie goes for the corner.
TRY, CHIEFS, PULU! 0-12: The lineout drive comes up short of the line, but after a patient build-up, Pulu crashes over on the right!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 0-14: Good kick from the young All Black.
What a kick from Ngatai! He kicks the ball from one 22 to the other and into touch.
TRY, CHIEFS, TU?INUKUAFE! 0-19: After a fantastic passing move off the lineout, Tu?inukuafe finishes off from close range!
The Chiefs win a penalty for offside and McKenzie goes for the corner again.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 0-21: Another good kick from the right by McKenzie. Chiefs are in bonus point territory already!
The Highlanders enjoy a good spell of pressure for once. They set up an attacking lineout after Cane is penalised. They win it and then look for the kick ahead, but it goes into touch in-goal.
Sopoaga drops a pass from Aaron Smith on his 10-metre line and gifts the Chiefs a scrum. It?s all one-way traffic at the moment.
Messam is having an unbelievable start to this game. He powers through the Highlanders defence once again.
TRY, CHIEFS, JACOBSON! 0-26: The Chiefs win a penalty and go for the scrum. They shove the Highlanders backwards, but the ball nearly comes out for Aaron Smith. He fumbles it and Weber pounces before giving to Jacobson for the finish!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 0-28: Yet again, McKenzie makes no mistake.
The Highlanders have numbers out left, but then Li drops a pass and the opportunity goes to waste.
The Chiefs go right back on the attack. They win a penalty and go for the scrum once again.
YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, WHITELOCK! Whitelock goes to the bin for a deliberate knock-on! This is turning into a walkover.
TRY, CHIEFS, WAINUI! 0-33: No clear and obvious reason to not award the try, says the TMO!
The Chiefs go for another scrum. It?s collapsed, so they go left. Wainui looks to get it down in the corner. Has he? We are going upstairs. On-field decision is try.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 0-35: What a kick from near the left touchline! The Chiefs are running riot!
The Highlanders are penalised for holding on. Walden is the guilty party. The Chiefs set up another attacking lineout.
The second half is underway. The Highlanders will be hoping for a more bearable one than the first.
TRY, CHIEFS, PULU! 0-40: The Chiefs move the ball out right for Pulu to score the last try of an unbelievable half!
HALF-TIME: HIGHLANDERS 0-42 CHIEFS. What an absolutely dominant first half from the Chiefs, who go into the break six converted tries to the good. The hosts have some job on their hands to save some face.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 0-42.
Whitelock comes back on for the Highlanders.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, WALDEN! 5-42: Aaron Smith gets a good offload away to Hunt, who gives one of his own to Walden for the finish!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 7-42.
TRY DISALLOWED! The Highlanders think they have another try. Thompson charges through for a magnificent finish, but after consultation with the TMO, the try is disallowed for a Walden knock-on. It?s still 7-42.
Ngatai charges away for the Chiefs, but the Highlanders stop the attack and win the ball back.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, WALDEN! 12-42: A great counter-attack puts the Highlanders on the front foot. They move the ball left and Walden finishes off again!
Sopoaga fails to convert, so it?s still 12-42.
Li gets an interception in a dangerous position, but then he passes the ball forward under pressure from Stevenson. The initial forward pass came from Damian McKenzie, so it?s a Highlanders scrum.
Thompson breaks through and puts the Highlanders within touching distance of the try-line. The referee gives them an attacking scrum.
The Chiefs are penalised at the scrum for angling in. The Highlanders will have another crack.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, SEIULI! 17-42: After a patient build-up, Seiuli finishes off for the Highlanders!
Sopoaga?s conversion attempt bounces off the post. It?s still 17-42.
Damian McKenzie gets on the end of a clever kick forward from Marty McKenzie, but with the try-line at his mercy, he knocks the ball on! The bounce wasn?t kind for him.
Naholo trudges off injured and is replaced by Josh Ioane.
The Highlanders surge forward on attack again, but a Thompson offload goes astray, as there is nobody there to receive it.
The Chiefs win themselves a penalty for offside and Damian McKenzie is going for poles.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 17-45: McKenzie slots the penalty over for the Chiefs and they finally get their first second half points.
The referee loses patience with the Chiefs and sends Allardice to the sin-bin. They had been warned.
The Highlanders are just short of the line after winning their attacking scrum. They?re looking to deny the Chiefs a bonus point.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FRIZELL! 22-45: Frizell crashes over and the Chiefs are no longer in bonus point territory!
Sopoaga?s conversion attempt goes wide of the right post.
FULL-TIME: HIGHLANDERS 22-45 CHIEFS. Having gone into half-time 42-0 down, the Highlanders fought back superbly to deny the Chiefs a bonus point. However, they weren?t quite as clinical as their opponents had been in the first half. The Chiefs take a deserved win.