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Bulls come up short against Highlanders

Rugby

The Otago Highlanders re-ignited their Super Rugby campaign with a rousing 27-20 victory over the Bulls in Dunedin on Friday.

Held 13-13 at halftime, the Highlanders surged ahead with tries from flanker Gareth Evans and centre Malakai Fekitoa in an eight-minute burst shortly after the break, then defended valiantly to fend off a series of late raids.

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DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 11: Gareth evans of the Highlanders on the charge with the support of Liam Coltman during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium on April 11, 2014 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

Flyhalf Lima Sopoaga tallied 17 points, including the Highlanders' first try in the 33rd-minute, as the hosts improved to 4-3 on the season to keep in touch of the defending champion Chiefs in the New Zealand conference race.

The Bulls dominated the opening quarter, leaping to a 13-3 lead courtesy of a 22nd-minute Bjorn Basson try, but were made to wait until the last minute for their next score, when forward Marcel van der Merwe barged over, allowing Jacques-Louis Potgieter's conversion to salvage a bonus point. – Reuters

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