Francois Hougaard of the Bulls looks to pass during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium
Francois Hougaard of the Bulls looks to pass during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium Teaukura Moetaua - Getty Images

Highlanders ride the Bulls

LOCK Jarrad Hoeata scored a late try as the Highlanders upset the Bulls 16-11 at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday and kept alive their hopes of a play-off spot.

The Highlanders had lost their two previous games and were in danger of losing touch with the New Zealand conference leaders the Chiefs (45) and second-placed Crusaders (37) but moved to 39 points with the win.

The Bulls had been at the top of the table on 46 points and could now be over-hauled by the Stormers (45) in the South African conference when they face New South Wales.

"Pretty big game for us, we'd lost two on the trot and the way the competition is we're still in the hunt," Highlanders captain Jamie Mackintosh said.

"It was a pretty physical game and fast."

Read the full match report at ABC news online.



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