ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Jul 6, 2015

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

  • 96 WEEKS AGO

    scottish prop saves fire victim

  • 99 WEEKS AGO

    New Rugby X tournament insane

  • 127 WEEKS AGO

    Vunipola stands by his comments supporting...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    The very best 'trick shots' in rugby show exactly why we love this game

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    The time an All Blacks great combined with uncapped Australian legend to score 80-metre stunner

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Closer look at Barrett offload which wowed fans in Rugby Championship masterclass

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Re-live one of the most iconic hat tricks in Blues history by Fiji great Rupeni Caucaunibuca

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Re-live possibly Jonny Wilkinson's best Twickenham performance against All Blacks in 2002

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 8 HOURS AGO

    Imagine giving Keith Wood a right hook, and the ref sends your teammate off

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Five minutes of Faf de Klerk on-pitch shenanigans is pure gold to watch

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Head on head clash dismissed but Wiese still misses All Blacks match

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Monstrous hit leaves scrum half clutching chest after probably biggest red card of 2021

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Déjà vu for Pablo Matera after thumping double hit against All Blacks from kick off

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 5 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Amazing angle of Barrett's historic match-winning kick over Springboks

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Honey Badger goes mega viral with sheep saving video

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Springbok star hits back at journalist's question, says Wallabies were 'street smart'

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Austin Healey says new laws don't encourage player honesty after Exeter incident

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Tongan Thor makes EPIC assist with blind pass even Quade Cooper would be proud of

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Five minutes of Faf de Klerk on-pitch shenanigans is pure gold to watch

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Montoya calls All Blacks star a pu**y in hilarious head loss moment

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    French players lift 1+ ton car off the road ahead of Top 14 game

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Committed winger suffers unluckiest injury of the year after just TWO minutes

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    These ridiculous interviews vary from funny to downright bizarre

View All

Amateur

  • 47 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 84 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 84 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 84 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 84 WEEKS AGO

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

View All

Player Features

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 30 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 36 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 37 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 43 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

View All