Wednesday 18 October 2017 / 12:59 PM

HIGHLANDERS PULL OFF COMEBACK OF THE CENTURY

The Highlanders have extended their winning streak to six games, but only after producing one of the greatest comebacks in Super Rugby history in Bloemfontein – scoring three tries in the last four and a half minutes to edge the Cheetahs 45-41.

Yellow cards against Highlanders Matt Faddes and Siate Tokolahi saw the Cheetahs turn a five-point halftime lead into a 22-10 advantage, but the visitors scored twice through Rob Thompson and Waisake Naholo to regain the lead in the 51st minute while still a man short.

The freewheeling Cheetahs then posted three unanswered tries in the space of six minutes to seemingly snare a stunning upset, and they still led by 17 in the 76th minute – but the sin-binning of Uzair Cassiem for a high tackle would prove crucial.

Faddes set up Tevita Li for what seemed like a consolation try, but a brilliant length-of-the-field try finished off by Faddes – after superb lead-up work by Fletcher Smith and Malakai Fekitoa – kept the Highlanders’ flame flickering.

After working their way down-field again from the restart, Naholo crossed for the match-winner just after the fulltime hooter.

[YouTube – All Blacks]

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