A dramatic 82nd-minute try by Sio Tomkinson capped a thrilling second-half Highlanders fightback as they snatched a 33-31 Super Rugby victory over the Chiefs in Hamilton on Sunday.
A dejected Chiefs captain Sam Cane said it was like “trying to hold back a wave” as the Highlanders, down 31-7 early in the second half, stormed home with four unanswered tries.
It was the second win for the Highlanders in New Zealand’s post-coronavirus Super Rugby Aotearoa competition. And both have come against the winless Chiefs, whose coach Warren Gatland has now presided over five straight defeats.
It was the theme of the weekend with a try and conversion at the death shattering the Waratahs’ hopes of snapping a losing streak against the Brumbies with the Canberra side sneaking home 24-23 in a bruising Super Rugby AU clash.
Earlier, in New Zealand’s Super Rugby competition, a late conversion by Jordie Barrett saw the Hurricanes sneaking a 29-27 victory over the Blues and gave him bragging rights over big brother Beauden in a dramatic Super Rugby clash in Wellington. The match was billed as a battle of the All Blacks Barrett brothers, with Beauden at fullback for the Blues making his mark with a sensational first-half try.
On Friday, two simple missed conversions by Jono Lance cost Western Force dearly as the Reds overcame stubborn resistance to win 31-24 and remain unbeaten in Super Rugby AU.