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Highlanders beat Hurricanes 21-14 in Super Rugby final

Highlanders beat Hurricanes 21-14 in final to win 1st Super Rugby title

Highlanders beat Hurricanes 21-14 in Super Rugby final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Flanker Elliott Dixon scored one try and provided the last pass in another by winger Waisake Naholo as the Highlanders shocked the Hurricanes 21-14 in Saturday's final to win their first Super Rugby title.

Dixon carried four defenders over the goalline for a 39th-minute try that lifted the Highlanders to a 13-5 lead at halftime, then handed off to Naholo for his 13th try of the season in the sixth minute of the second half.

Those tries, on either side of halftime, boosted the Highlanders to an 18-8 lead and set them on course to their maiden championship in only their second Super Rugby final, their first since 1999.

The Hurricanes entered the match as favorites after finishing the regular season in first place but faltered in their second final.

Updated : 2021-09-19 17:44 GMT+08:00