Under 20 Super Rugby Tournament Reps

Logan Wakefield and Tupou Lea'aemanu are away with the Bunnings Warehouse Under 20 Super Rugby Tournament. 

Besides the rugby they are having a blast, having lots of fun. Training hard and making friends. Just what rugby is all about.



New Zealand Barbarians 43 (Nikora Broughton, Mason Milham, William Gualter, Joel Cobb, Takai Fabish, Tupou Faiana-Lea’aema tries; Josh Jacomb 5 con, pen) 

Highlanders 24 (Semisi Tupou-Taeiloa, Fabian Holland, Jeremiah Asi tries; Cameron Millar 3 con, pen) HT: 8-14

An inspired second half charged the New Zealand Barbarians to an historic first-ever victory over the Highlanders. 

Down 14-8 at the break the Barbarians produced some dazzling attack to win the second-half 35-10. 

A try scored by William Gualter from a penalty tap when the Barbarians narrowly led 22-17 demonstrated their superior ambition and ingenuity. 

No.8 Nikora Broughton had his back turned to the defence, five-metres out from the Highlanders line, and nonchalantly kicked the ball behind his head and into the hands of the alert centre. It was a complete surprise, one the Highlanders never really recovered from. 

Broughton was a beast throughout. In the 26th minute he scored the Barbarians first try, smashing over from a maul after opposite Semisi Tupou-Taeiloa performed the same feat for the Highlanders in the 12th minute. 

Shortly after halftime Broughton was involved in a try which forewarned the Highlanders of their impending struggle. Second-five Alfred Nonu powered into a hole linking with Broughton who supplied openside Karl Ruzichto; setting up wing Mason Milham in the corner.

First-five Josh Jacomb played with authority and creativity. Down 17-15 his precise cross-kick to the right wing of Joel Cobb was as good as any. It was the seventh and final lead change of a game that roared to life after a subdued, stumbling start.

Halfback Noah Hotham and lock Fabin Holland were most effective for the Highlanders. The Barbarians eye-catching rally will put the rest of the competition on notice.

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