Hurricanes Edge Highlanders In Dunedin Thriller

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After the Highlanders were denied a win after the full-time siren, the Hurricanes played a thrilling 22-21 Super Rugby Pacific victory. 

Highlanders substitute Saula Ma’u thought he had scored the winning try after barging through a desperate Hurricanes’ defense in the 81st minute on Saturday’s clash in Dunedin.

But replays showed Ma’u was brought down just short of the line, with the ball hidden from view as he made a couple of desperate moves forward while still on the ground. The on-field referee called it a no-try, and TMO upheld the decision. 

A week ago, Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea was critical of match officials handling a final attacking line-out by the goal line as his team suffered a 24-21 loss to the Crusaders. This time, there were no complaints after the Ma’u ruling. 

“I think that call could have gone either way,” Savea said. 

I’m just grateful we got the call. I think we put ourselves under that pressure. “We had a decent lead in that game, and I think our discipline let us down and let them back in the game. 

“The Highlanders never go away. It’s a credit to them. It’s just fortunate we got away with the win.” 

Opposing skipper Aaron Smith accepted the Ma’u ruling but had a different beef with the officials.

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