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Highlanders battle back to fend off Western Force and win fifth straight game

Published 01/04/2016

Ben McCalman's early try could not help the Western Force avoid defeat against the Highlanders
Ben McCalman's early try could not help the Western Force avoid defeat against the Highlanders

The Highlanders battled back from an early 14-0 deficit to beat the struggling Western Force 32-20 and record their fifth successive Super Rugby win of the season.

Converted tries from Dane Haylett-Petty and Ben McCalman in the opening nine minutes had the Force - with just one win previously this campaign - dreaming of a shock upset in Dunedin.

However, the defending champions recovered to draw level by the 30-minute mark through tries from Patrick Osborne and Dan Pryor, before going on to claim the win with second-half scores from Matt Faddes and Jason Emery.

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