Successful Highlanders return home

Date published: March 26 2016

Flanker Shane Christie dubbed the Highlanders successful tour of Australia as "awesome" after they thumped the Rebels 27-3 in Melbourne.

The Dunedin side have bagged two victories in their neighbouring country. This includes a Round Four victory over the 2014 champions – the Waratahs – in Sydney.

The 30-year-old co-captain says the squad are excited to be heading home as they prepare to host the Force in Dunedin next week.

"It was an awesome way to finish (the two-match tour of Australia) — we wanted to put in an 80-minute performance and I think we did that tonight," Christie told reporters.

"We’ll now head back home and look forward to the Force next week.

"We’ve had an awesome couple of weeks on the road and it will be nice to get back home."

Rebels captain Sean McMahon admits they were outclassed by the defending champions.

"The Highlanders came out and performed at top quality as you’d expect from a championship team," said McMahon.

"All credit to our boys but we just let a few things go. They were coming hard at us – our defence was good but we turned too many balls over.

"They’re great at counterattack and you could see what they did to us when they got the opportunity."