The Highlanders are once again lining up for the Super Rugby semi-finals this year. Last night, the current Super Rugby champions beat the Brumbies in Canberra, 15-9. And it was Māori loose forward, Liam Squire (Ngāi Tahu) who sealed the deal for his side.
The defending Super Rugby champions were always going to be tested in trying conditions in Canberra last night.
Waisake Naholo was denied a try in the early stages. His All Blacks counterpart, Lima Sopoaga, however, wouldn't be denied minutes later.
Two Brumbies penalties later, the flying Fijian, Highlanders winger, Waisake Naholo once again found himself on the end of some slick team passing scoring in the corner. Sopoaga had the opportunity to push the score line further, however, wasn't able to capitalise.
The wet weather, rugby was crucial in sending Liam Squire over the line
The score was 15-9 with 8 minutes remaining, the Brumbies last ditch efforts through their forward pack wasn’t enough. And it would remain this way for the rest of the match.
Another year, another Super Rugby semi-final beckoning for the reigning champions.