It was another huge comeback from the Highlanders on Friday against the Chiefs that saw them coming from behind to beat the home side 39-23.
It was some brilliant stuff from Jona Nareki who scored a hat-trick of tries for the visitors.
The Chiefs lead for most of the match but when the Highlanders got their noses in front they never let it go again. This was a great win after last week disappointment for the Highlanders who has their fist win of the new season now.
McKenzie and Ioane traded penalties to start the scoreboard ticking over but it was the Chiefs with Mckenzie who took the lead again 6-3.
The home side was also first to cross the whitewash when Luuke Jacobson got over after some quick passes by the Chiefs in the lead up to the try.
With the conversion over the Chiefs took a 13-3 lead.
It took not long for the home side to extend that lead to 20-3 after Mckenzie got his try finding huge space out to the right.
The Highlander shit back with Jona Nareki after a mistake from the Chiefs saw Nareki sprinted down the field for a 90 meter try.
This gave the Chiefs a 20-11 lead at the break.
The Highlanders had the better start to the second half and hey soon found themselves over for another try with Fakatava getting through the Chiefs defence.
This made it a two-point game with the Highlanders on the charge.
It did not take long for the visitors to get another this time through Shannon Frizell getting over. The gave the Highlanders the lead for the first time in the match 25-20.
Another try from Jona Nareki will soon follow to see the Highlanders extend their lead to 32-20.
A penalty from Mckenzie pulled the lead back to only nine points but it was that man Nareki again that got his hat-trick to put the game away for the Highlanders.
Highlanders 39: Tries – Jona Nareki 3, Folau Fakatava, Shannon Frizell Conversions – Josh Ioane (4) Penalties – Josh Ioane (2)
Chiefs 23: Tries – Luke Jacobson, Damian McKenzie Conversions –McKenzie (2) Penalties – McKenzie (3)
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