Strong second half lifts Brumbies over Highlanders

March 16, 2024 5:58 pm

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The Highlanders have been beaten by the Brumbies 27-21 in Dunedin.

The hosts opened the scoring with a Sam Gilbert penalty, before an impressive solo effort from No 8 Nikora Broughton put them further ahead.

Broughton just beat out wing Timoci Tavatavanawai in diving for the ball after doing all the hard work to set the try up.

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The Brumbies hit back through fullback Tom Wright, who stretched out from close range to plant the ball over the line.

A second Gilbert penalty pushed the lead out to 11-7 slightly before the break, but the Brumbies took the lead with a Corey Toole try early in the second half.

The sides traded the lead after that; the hosts edging ahead with a try through a strong charge from captain Billy Harmon gave the hosts the lead again, before a Noah Lolesio penalty gave the Brumbies the lead back.

They extended that through a lineout drive try through Lachlan Lonergan. The Highlanders kicked a penalty on the hooter to trim the gap to six and save a bonus point.