Professional rugby union resumed on Saturday after a three-month COVID-19 shutdown because the Highlanders edged the Chiefs 28-27 in the opener of New Zealand’s Super Rugby Aotearoa competitors.
With a crowd of about 20,000 on the recreation, which was additionally broadcast to a world tv viewers, Highlanders substitute Bryn Gatland slotted a 79th-minute drop aim to down the Chiefs, who’re coached by his father Warren.
The hometown Highlanders, roared on by 1000’s of Otago University college students in ‘The Zoo’ part of the indoor stadium, needed to overcome two intervals with simply 14 males after Vilimoni Koroi and Jona Nareki had been sinbinned for harmful tackles.
The recreation was recurrently halted for a excessive variety of penalties known as underneath stricter interpretations across the sort out.
The competitors has been organised by New Zealand Rugby after the principle Super Rugby match, which additionally entails groups from Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Japan, was halted in mid-March to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus.