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Ardie Savea double sinks Highlanders

April 5, 2019 9:01 pm
Ardie Savea scores one of his tries for the Hurricanes against the Highlanders [Source: Fox Sports]

The Hurricanes beat the Highlanders 31-28 in Dunedin in a pulsating, breathless match.

It took some Ardie Savea brilliance to win it, with the All Blacks No 7 putting in one of the performances of the season.

He kept the Hurricanes in the game with two tries before Ngani Laumape scored the decisive try in the 66th minute as John Plumtree’s side held on grimly for the last 10 minutes.

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Both teams were locked at 14-14 at the breather.

The Highlanders’ hopes of making the Super Rugby playoffs have suffered a huge blow after being pipped by the Hurricanes.

The victory saw the Hurricanes move to within one point of the Crusaders (24) at the top of the Super Rugby standings, while the Highlanders are fourth on the New Zealand conference on 14 points.

[Source: Fox Sports and stuff.co.nz]

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