Last-minute tries the theme for Super Rugby this week

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Sunday, 5 May 2019, 2:02PM
Brad Weber of the Chiefs runs away from Tevita Li of the Highlanders. (Photo / Photosport)

For the second time this weekend, a late try has resulted in a draw in Super Rugby.

The Highlanders led the Chiefs by seven points with just one minute left in their game in Dunedin, before prop Angus Ta'avao burrowed over for the visitors, with the conversion levelling the scores at 31-all.

Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger is disappointed they didn't close out the game.

"We let them in, got a couple of exits. Good side, desperate, and they did well to take a couple of opportunities. The disappointing thing for us is we gave them those opportunities."

Mauger has confirmed fullback Ben Smith has suffered hamstring strain and will be assessed in the coming days.

Halfback Brad Weber says it was a battle of attrition.

He says he was feeling it, but he looked over and thought they had more energy and they nearly showed they had enough to pull off the win.

The draw comes after the Crusaders tied 21-all with the Sharks in Christchurch.

The defending champions conceded 13 penalties, three of which were at scrum time, aiding the Sharks seven penalty goals.

Number eight Kieran Read says the Sharks were trying tricks that referee Brendon Pickerill fell for.

He says hopefully it's something the refs can learn from, as they want to play upbeat, fast rugby.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes held off a dogged Rebels side to secure their eighth win of the Super Rugby season in Wellington.

The Hurricanes raced out to a 26-nil lead, only to allow the Rebels to come within seven points with 15 minutes to go.

The visitors ran out of time to pull off the come-back eventually going down 29-19.

Hurricanes coach John Plumtree is disappointed they couldn't capitalise on such a great start.

He says they want to be able to kick on in the second half, but the Rebels didn't allow them to.

Elsewhere, the Blues surrendered an early 12 point lead to lose 26-21 to the Brumbies in Canberra.

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