Up to 16 phases and the Chiefs are still holding firm.
Nasi Manu drops it and Tikoirotuma races away down the left sideline.
He got to about halfway before flinging an unsuccessful pass inside. Highlanders ball.
That was some passage of play from both teams and the end result is a lineout to the Highlanders about 10m out from the Chiefs line.
Rolling maul from the Highlanders.
That was a fantastic rolling maul from the visitors' forward pack, inching their way near the line before John Hardie came off the back to dive over.
There were a few handbags following the try as tempers flared.
Sopoaga now with the chance to add to his side's lead, with the kick 10 in from touch.
And he remains perfect to give the Highlanders a six-point lead.
Chiefs kick off to the right and we're six minutes away from halftime.
Another kicking duel leaves the Highlanders with possession near halfway.
The Chiefs haven't seen much of the ball in the last 10 minutes.
Knocked on in the tackle by Ben Smith, scrum Chiefs about 30m out.
Wee bit of an injury break now.
Highlanders ahead in both possession and territory,
75 per cent possession for the Highlanders in the last 10 minutes.
And the Chiefs quickly kick away when they finally get the ball. Bombed back by the Highlanders and they win a penalty for obstruction.
Sopoaga with a good chance to add to the Highlanders' lead.
It was a nice take from Kerr-Barlow but Muliaina was adjudged to obstruct the chasers.
The penalty is about 30m out and just to the left of the posts.
And it's another good kick, Sopoaga's fourth of the night. Moments away from halftime.
Penalty Chiefs after the kick-off and Cruden with a chance to pull some points back.
It's right on the left sideline and maybe 30m out.
And Cruden puts it to the right and is now one from three for his night.
Chiefs hot on attack as Kerr-Barlow bursts through.
But the Highlanders win the ball back and clear into touch.
Muliaina says they're giving away too many penalties and need more possession in the second spell.
Go get yourself some oranges and stay tuned for the second half.
No changes from either side and we're not too far away from a resumption in action.
And we're back underway with the Highlanders holding a nine-point lead.
Chiefs pick up where they left off and almost immediately get whistled for a penalty.
Tikoirotuma tried to take the catcher in the air after the kick-off. Huge kick from Sopoaga gets the Highlanders down to the 22.