“We showed a lot of belief and ticker” – Highlanders coach

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is proud of his side following last nights late win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.


However, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says there will be some bruised egos in the Chiefs camp.

The Chiefs had the superior scrum in the match but couldn’t turn that pressure into tries despite having an extra man advantage in the forward pack during the second half.

“We had enough ball and territory to win two games. We missed a few shots at goal that would have created a bit of scoreboard pressure”.

Rennie said that the loss was unforgivable considering the chances the Chiefs had to score tries as well as the fire-power in the backline.

“It is a massive step back, even with as bad as we played, we still should have won that game comfortably”, Rennie said.

Missed goal kicks cost the Chiefs late in the match, Aaron Cruden kicked just three from his six attempts and Andrew Horrell found the woodwork on his one attempt.

The Chiefs went into the game with a late change.

Charlie Ngatai sprained his ankle prior to the game and will be out for four to six weeks.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph says he is proud of the team and that he never questioned their heart, but said they got lucky with the result in the end.

“The chances that we got were minimal, we were in our half for most of the game, that is a reflection of our leadership and belief in the team.

Marty Banks kicked the two match winning goals for the Highlanders in the final four minutes.

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