Hurricanes blow Highlanders away
The Hurricanes ensured they remained the only unbeaten Super Rugby side after claiming a 20-13 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Reggie Goodes and TJ Perenara scored tries for the Canes with fly-half Beauden Barrett kicking both conversions and two penalties.
Highlanders stand-off Lima Sopoaga scored all of the hosts' points with a try, conversion and two penalties, but it was not enough as the visitors held on for a victory that puts them two wins away from equalling their best run ever in the competition - seven successive wins which they achieved in 2003.
It was a tight match which finally came to life in the final quarter as both teams crossed the try-line, although the Canes finished the match with 14 men after Julian Savea was sent to the sin bin in the 77th minute.
The match was level at 3-3 at the break after a scrappy opening half but the Hurricanes finally breached the Highlanders' line in the 49th minute when prop Goodes crashed over after some solid work by the forwards up the middle.
Hurricanes centre Ma'a Nonu did some excellent work in defence with a try-saving tackle and a turnover which led to Perenara's decisive try.
Sopoaga hit back for the Highlanders with a 77th-minute touchdown to narrow the gap to seven points and earn a losing bonus point for his side, with the hosts thinking they had scored another try on the siren only for it to be chalked off for a forward pass.