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Kick-off local time : Sat, 15 March 2014 - 19h35
Kick-off : Sat, 15 March 2014 - 08h35
Venue : Dunedin
Referee : Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Highlanders Force
Tries Malakai Fekitoa (60min) Nathan Charles (3min), Sias Ebersohn (25min), Ben McCalman (39min), and Junior Rasolea (56min)
Penalties Lima Sopoaga (8min), Lima Sopoaga (15min), and Lima Sopoaga (18min) Sias Ebersohn (45min)
Conversions Lima Sopoaga (32min) Sias Ebersohn (3min), Sias Ebersohn (26min), Sias Ebersohn (40min), and Sias Ebersohn (57min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Ben McCalman (72min) and Adam Coleman (72min)
Red cards
Minute Commentary


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That's FULL TIME - the 13 man Force hang on to snatch a victory away from home against the Highlanders


TRY - Hayden Parker is over, he makes use of the overlap and the Highlanders need the conversion to draw the game but its missed!


There's no sign of grounding so its a 5 metre scrum to the Highlanders,


Highlanders earn a penalty on the Forces' 22 and decide on a lineout 5 metres out, they set the drive and the ref needs to send it upstairs to check for a grounding


The Highlanders take a scrum 5 metres out with the Force down to six forwards, its a poor pass from the Highlander base of the scrum and Ebersohn scoops up the ball and clears


15 phases later and the Highlanders are still pushing for the line, they knock on but the ref plays the penalty advantage and there is a YELLOW CARD for Adam Coleman but there may be even more as the ref goes upstairs for another YELLOW CARD for McCalman - Force down to 13


Both teams content to test out each others back three with a number of high kicks but it ends with a Highlanders penalty inside their 22 and they can attack from the lineout


This time the Highlanders win the penalty in the Forces' half and they decide to go for posts. PENALTY - Sopoaga gets another one over


Highlanders get close right in the Forces' 22 but Matt Hodgson is over the man and wins a penalty for his tem


The Highlanders have come alive after that try as the Force start to fatigue after a skew throw leads to a pressure scrum


TRY - Some good grunt work right at the line sees Malakai Fekitoa barge over the line. Sopoaga cant add the extras


Highlanders ball control is lacking a little now but they are still in possession and making ground, just 5 metres short now


CONVERSION - Ebersohn knocks over a tough one from a tight angle


TRY - Ball is charged down under pressure after Cummins smashes a Highlanders man backwards, Junior Rasolea picks up and steps and is over in the corner


Force are starting to rumble back into the Highlanders half but they cannot hold onto it and it gifts possession back to the home team


Another pressure scrum see Mathewson have to clear quickly but he gets it to the 10 metre line and its a Highlanders lineout still in the Forces' half


A Bit of scrappy play almost leads to Buckman making a break for the Highlanders but instead its a Force scrum still deep in their half


The resulting lineout is not straight and its now a Force scrum, the pressure forces a knock on by the Force and the scrum is reversed


The Highlanders win another scrum penalty just inside their half and decide to kick it out down field for the line out


PENALTY - Ebersohn converts from right in front


Better scrum by the force allows Ben McMcCalman to get over the line but its held up and they go back for the penalty advantage, Force opt for a kick at goal


Force break the defensive line but when the ball is swung out to Cummins on the wing he trips himself and rolls into touch


We are back in the second half as Ebersohn kicks us off


CONVERSION - simple kick for Ebersohn and that's HALF TIME


TRY - Force attack through Morahan after a better scrum and it allows Ben McCalman to dot down under the posts just before half time


Highlanders earn a free kick from their own scrum but the ball is turned over at the resulting ruck


Highlanders scrum continue to impress as they almost push the Force off their own ball


CONVERSION - another easy one for Sopoaga


TRY - A great set piece play with Arron Smith kicking through the rush defense for Treeby to run on to and dot down


Highlanders are back in the Forces' 22 after a good break out from Baker on the wing, the home team continue to push at a high tempo until a penalty is awarded to the Highlanders who opt for a scrum 7 metres out


Force scrum under pressure but only because Chris King was dropping his bind - Highlanders penalised


CONVERSION - Ebersohn converts his own try


TRY - Sias Ebersohn rushes out of the line and snatches the ball out the air for an intercept try under the posts


Highlanders trying to make headway into the Forces' 22 but the grubber is collected by Cummins and the Force can kick away


Ping - pong kicking now takes over until the Force earn a penalty just inside their half for hands in the ruck - they set up the line out just on the other side of half way


A couple scrums for each team now - it looks like the Highlanders probably have the ascendancy in this aspect.


PENALTY - it's a great kick as it sneaks over to put the Highlanders in the lead


First scrum of the game after the Ebersohn kicks the ball to long and it goes dead, It's a scrappy scrum and the Force are penalised - Sopoaga lines up from 50 metres away


PENALTY - Sopoanga pops over an easy one


Another Highlanders penalty and another lineout is set, Highlanders break away and Arron Smith is over! But its held up, Highlanders have another penalty and decide on a kick at goal


Highlanders have a kickable penalty but decide on the lineout 5 metres out - there are backline players in the lineout but the maul is sacked


Force set up another good maul, its a tactic that is working for them but its stolen at the resulting breakdown and Richard Buckman makes plenty of yards into the Forces 22 for the Highlanders


PENALTY - Sopoaga has another shot from right in front and makes no mistake


penalty against the Force on their 22 with captain Matt Hodgson being caught offsides. Sopoaga strikes the posts and the Highlanders are back in possession


Force starting out well again, if they can maintain this over the whole game it should see good results for them


TRY - Nathan Charles is over from patient rugby for the Force finally finding a gap. CONVERSION - Ebersohn nails a tough one


It's a good build up from the Force staring with a well structured maul as they look to punch holes in the Highlanders defense


Early penalty for the Force after a massive tackle in the midfield from Kieran Longbottom for the Force - Force kick into the Highlanders half


And we are underway with Lima Sopoaga kicking us off


Conditions look good in Dunedin, the roofed stadium will negate most weather conditions anyway even the wind shouldn't have much say in this game


The Highlanders go into a string of home games starting today and will want to turn Dunedin into a bit of a fortress while the Force have never been that solid away from home.


The Force will have to front up physically against a strong New Zealand forward pack in the Highlanders, while the home team will be hoping the Force that rock up are not the same beast that we saw last week


The Force played some of their best rugby in the first half against the Rebels last week but the Highlander will be a different challenge with the home team being known for their hard work and disciplined approach. The Highlanders will want to keep their momentum going after having a break last week and will look to impressive Lima Sopoaga to run things from flyhalf


Welcome to Dunedin where the Highlanders host the traveling Force who were excellent last weekend against the Rebels and will want to build on that momentum. The Highlanders have been looking good so far and come off a bye so should be well rested and up for this game
15 Ben Smith
14 Richard Buckman
13 Malakai Fekitoa
12 Phil Burleigh
11 Patrick Osborne
10 Lima Sopoaga
9 Aaron Smith
8 Nasi Manu
7 Shane Christie
6 Elliot Dixon
5 Joe Wheeler
4 Jarrad Hoeata
3 Chris King
2 Ged Robinson
1 Kane Hames

23 Gareth Evans
22 Trent Renata
21 Fumiaki Tanaka
20 Tom Franklin
19 Josh Bekhuis
18 JP Koen
17 Matias Diaz
16 Liam Coltman
15 Jayden Hayward
14 Dane Haylett-Petty
13 Junior Rasolea
12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison
11 Nick Cummins
10 Zack Holmes
9 Ian Prior
8 Ben McCalman
7 Matt Hodgson
6 Brynard Stander
5 Wilhelm Steenkamp
4 Sam Wykes
3 Kieran Longbottom
2 Nathan Charles
1 Pek Cowan

25 Sias Ebersohn
23 Luke Burton
22 Justin Turner
21 Alby Mathewson
20 Chris Alcock
19 Adam Coleman
18 Ollie Hoskins
17 Tetera Faulkner
16 Heath Tessmann