Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Monday Jul 6, 2015

Recap from Highlanders' historic Super Rugby title victory over Hurricanes

Recap from Highlanders' historic Super Rugby title victory over Hurricanes

The Highlanders have arrived back in Dunedin and the celebrations will no doubt continue throughout the week, as they take in what was a historic and well deserved 21-14 Super Rugby final win over the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Co-captain Nasi Manu, who is heading to Edinburgh for next season, said “I still can’t really believe that we won it. It will be good just to enjoy it with our supporters and definitely do a couple of days (of partying).”

The team were greeted in the arrivals hall by a sea of blue and gold flags, as fans performed a celebratory Haka, relishing the rare championship victory, their first Super Rugby title ever.

Coach Jamie Joseph said that he was pleased to bring it home for the loyal fans.

“Rugby touches a lot of people in the deep south so it’s just great to give something back.”

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara said that he felt for his team, who were bidding farewell to long serving Jeremy Thrush (Gloucester), Ma’a Nonu (Toulon) and Conrad Smith (Pau).

“It’s probably the boys who are staying who are most disappointed we couldn’t give them what they deserved. You have the most capped forward of all time and the two most capped Hurricanes of all time in that mix,” said 23-year-old All Black, Perenara. 

“The contribution they’ve given the club is immense and we wanted to send them off the right way. They deserved the win. We worked hard for each other every single day, we tried to better ourselves every single day and I saw these boys grind every day since November. We worked bloody hard.

“We came up against a good Highlanders team and they took the opportunities that presented themselves… you take more opportunities than the other team in a big game and you probably come out on top and that’s what happened tonight.”

As for that try, Elliot Dixon has since said that he was sure he got it down, despite his immediate reaction seeming otherwise. “It (the camera) just panned to me at a bad time.

“As soon as they said TMO I was like ‘oh no’, then everyone saw me shaking my head and thought I didn’t get it down. But yeah, I got it down.”

Highlights wrap from the brilliant game is below, and the trophy presentation on page two

credit: sky sport nz

The Highlanders Super Rugby title trophy presentation and celebrations

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    scottish prop saves fire victim

  • 65 WEEKS AGO

    New Rugby X tournament insane

  • 92 WEEKS AGO

    Vunipola stands by his comments supporting...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Re-live the utter madness that unfolded late in the 2009 Challenge Cup final

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: The HUGE Currie Cup hit South African fans have been raving about

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Ex-internationals discuss unfortunate forearm incident which left Tonga international motionless

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Brutal reaction to eye gouging leads to HUGE ban for Gloucester flanker

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    James Haskell defends McDonald's role in latest YouTube rant

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Re-live THE Mike Phillips Six Nations try which still angers Irish fans to this day

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Fijian winger cops heavy ban after that referee lifting incident that went viral and blew up his phone

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 12 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 50 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
Recap from Highlanders' historic Super Rugby title victory over Hurricanes | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos