The Highlanders ran away with the game in second half to take a crucial win against Waratahs at home when they beat them 44-28.

The Waratahs came of a great win last week against the Rebels and they were looking to take the momentum forward to this weekends match against the Highlanders.

At home the Highlanders are no pushover but and they showed that with putting the first points on the board and the first try of the match.

That gave them a 10-0 lead although there was some questions about that first try.

The Waratahs looked good with ball in hand throughout that frist half and took not long to break the Highlanders defence and scored their first try and points.

This made the lead for the Highlanders 10-7. Both teams had chances at the end of the half to score more points but it was the Waratahs that ended the strongerst with a try at the end of the half.

This gave them a 14-13 lead going into the break.

The Second half started with both teams running the ball at all opertunities and play going from end to end in the first 10 minutes of the half.

The Waratahs then lost a player to the bin for lifting a players feet and gave the Highlanders the chance to kick for the lineout and drive over for their second try.

This gave them the lead back 18-14 after 50 min.

With one man down the Waratahs were put under huge pressure and the Highlanders speed up the game to tae advantage of the extra man.

They scored their third try with the perfect kick and strecth the lead to 23-14 after 52 min.

The game stood a bit still for the next 15 minutes as the teams tried very hard to break each others defence.

The Highlanders were next to score and made their lead 30-14 but this was short lived with the Waratahs scoring one of their own and giving them a slimmer of a hope.

With the scores at 30-21 one would have think it would  be a close finish but the Highlanders had other ideas and scored two quick tries to quickly take the score to 44-21 a fter 75 min.

The Waratahs got a peanlty from a scrum and took it quickly to score their third try of the match and reduced the lead of the Highlanders to 44-28.


Highlanders 44 (13)

Tries: Richard Buckman, Liam Coltman, Tevita Li, Rob Thompson, Dan Lienert-Brown, Lima Sopoaga

Conversions: Marty Banks, Lima Sopoaga (3)

Penalties: Banks (2)

Waratahs 28 (14)

Tries: Israel Folau, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Jake Gordon (2)

Conversions: Bernard Foley (4)