Noakes converts, but only just. It hit the post and went square but just dropped over.
42 MINS - HIGHLANDERS 24 BLUES 7
Well, we said they needed an early try and they answered. Intriguing second half coming up with the wildcard Marshall still to come.
Sopoaga kicks for touch, Highlanders have a lineout on the 22.
Liam Coltman drives hard and low but the ref has seen an infringement. Blues Penalty.
Blues up over halfway now, Saili kicks in behind but Ben Smith gets a favourable bounce.
A scrappy phase ends with the Blues knocking the ball on around halfway.
Highlanders scrum on halfway, taking a while to set.
The ball has been lost, knock on from the Blues called.
Highlanders make it up to the 22 now. Great position, they look menacing.
Very slow play of the ball from Aaron Smith. Ben Smith now digging in out wide.
Slow, patient build up. Treeby bounces away from a tackle and goes close.
Patrick Osborne has touched down in the corner. Superb play and the Highlanders now have a bonus point with their fourth try.
Highlanders had an overlap out wide left and timed their passes to perfection. Great play from Ben Smith to help create that.
Sopoaga has drifted the conversion just wide 29-7 to the Highlanders.
The crowd of 15,000 here tonight are absolutely loving this.
Blues drive past the 22 now through Weepu.
Offside advantage has been played. Braid hitting the line hard now.
The ref calls up the penalty. Blues have another decision to make.
They kick for the corner.
But the lineout is another shocker. Highlanders turn it over, but just as quickly commit an accidental offside.
Well, Tu'ungafasi has been penalised at scrumtime. Penalty Highlanders. Nothing is going right for the Blues.
Another Blues attack another knock on. This time it's Braid who has the slippery hands. Highlanders will enjoy taking some time off the clock here with a nice slow scrum.
Benji Marshall is on his feet. He will not be far away.
Great play from Jarrad Hoeata who ripped the ball away and turned it over. Highlanders clear.
The moment has arrived. Benji Marshall has come on at fullback.
Boy do the Blues need some magic now.