Coach Jamie Joseph to stick with Highlanders

12:39, Jun 13 2014
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Ben Smith of the Highlanders, right, charges at the Blues' Piri Weepu.
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Patrick Osborne looks to offload against the Blues in Dunedin.
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Malakai Fekitoa looks to evade the Blues' tacklers.
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Highlanders halfback general Aaron Smith barks out the orders.
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Aaron Smith fires out a pass from a ruck to Lima Sopoaga.
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Highlanders second-five Shaun Treeby sends a skip-pass wide against the Chiefs.
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The Highlanders' disappointment is written on the face of replacement halfback Fumiaki Tanaka.
Richard Buckman
Highlanders back Richard Buckman misjudges a high-ball against the Chiefs.
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Highlanders No 7 John Hardie runs around his opposite Tanerau Latimer.
Kurt Baker
Highlanders wing Kurt Baker tries to break a Force tackle.
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Elliott Dixon hugs Malakai Fekitoa after his second half try at Dunedin Stadium.
Nasi Manu
Nasi Manu charges into a Western Force defender.
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Shaun Treeby reacts after his first-half try from an Aaron Smith grubber kick.
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Replacement halfback Fumiaki Tanaka sends the Highlanders' backline on its way.
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Shane Christie gets the ball away under pressure from the Blues' defence.
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Kane Hames of the Highlanders makes a break against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland.
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Lima Sopoaga spins a pass out against the Blues in Auckland.
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Joe Wheeler of the Highlanders, left, and Ma'a Nonu of the Blues embrace after the full time whistle at Eden Park.
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Ben Smith tests out the Rebels' defence in Dunedin.
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Highlander Kurt Baker is hit hard in a tackle by Sean McMahon of the Rebels.
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Richard Buckman of the Highlanders and Bryce Hegarty of the Melbourne Rebels dance in mid air for possession of the ball.
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Kiwi born Jason Woodward of the Rebels fends off the Highlanders' Shaun Treeby during their teams' clash in Dunedin.
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Gareth Evan, with the support of Liam Coltman, makes a charge for the Highlanders against the Bulls.
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Malakai Fekitoa of the Highlanders on the attack against the Bulls.
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A grizzled Brad Thorn charges at Bulls lock Phillip Van Der Merwe.
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Jan Serfontein makes a break for the Bulls in Dunedin as the Highlanders defends scramble back.
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Malakai Fekitoa of the Highlanders looking to attack SP Marais of the Sharks.
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Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders in action during the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and Highlanders.
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Lima Sopoaga of the Highlanders during the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and Highlanders.
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Ben Smith of the Highlanders taking a high ball.
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Aaron Smith of the Highlanders in action during the Super Rugby match between the Stormers and Highlanders.
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Aaron Smith of the Highlanders in action.
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Duane Vermeulen of the Stormers in action during the Super Rugby match between the Stormers and Highlanders.
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Kurt Coleman of the Stormers during the Super Rugby match between the Stormers and Highlanders.
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Gareth Evans of the Highlanders on the charge during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions.
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Malakai Fekitoa of the Highlanders on the attack during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions.
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Hayden Parker of the Highlanders kicks a penalty during the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions .
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Malakai Fekitoa of the Highlanders puts in a fend during Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions.
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Tanerau Latimer of the Chiefs makes a break during his side's Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Bundee Aki
Bundee Aki of the Chiefs looks to take the high ball during his side's 29-25 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Tim Nanai-Williams
Tim Nanai-Williams scores a try for the Chiefs during their round 17 Super Rugby match against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Gareth Anscombe
Gareth Anscombe of Chiefs on the attack during his side's round 17 Super Rugby match against the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Tom Franklin
Tom Franklin of the Highlanders on the charge during his side's round 17 Super Rugby match against the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Liam Sopoaga
Liam Sopoaga of the Highlanders prepares to pass the ball during his side's clash with the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Sekope Kepu
Waratahs prop Sekope Kepu scores a try in the round 18 match against the Highlanders at Sydney's Allianz Stadium.
 Israel Folau
HARD TO STOP: The Crusaders will keeping a close watch on Waratahs dangerman Israel Folau, pictured fending off the Highlanders’ Canterbury wing Patrick Osborne.
Alofa Alofa
Waratahs winger Alofa Alofa offloads the ball in a tackle during his side's 44-16 win over the Highlanders.
Bernard Foley
Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley is tackled by Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa.
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Waratahs prop Sekope Kepu celebrates scoring a try against the Highlanders.
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Highlanders fans cheer on their team in Christchurch in their round 19 Super Rugby game against the Crusaders.
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Highlanders lock Elliot Dixon reaches high to claim the ball in a lineout against the Crusaders.
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Shane Christie encourages his Highlanders teammates in their round 19 Super Rugby match against the Crusaders.
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Highlanders prop Chris King looks on in disgust as the Crusaders look to snare three points in their round 19 Super Rugby clash.
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Shane Christie holds on for all money as he tries to bring down Kieron Fonotia in a tackle in the Highlanders' round 19 match against the Crusaders.
Marcell Coetzee
The Sharks celebrate Marcell Coetzee's second-half try against the Highlanders.
Malakai Fekitoa
Malakai Fekitoa's first-half try got the Highlanders back in the match after trailing 13-3 early.
Kane Hames
The Highlanders pile on prop Kane Hames after his try after the siren in the first half.
Lima Sopoaga
Lima Sopoaga kicks a first-half penalty against the Sharks.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has committed himself to the Super Rugby franchise for another two years.

The former All Black and Otago representative has been based in Dunedin since 2011, following coaching stints with the Maori All Blacks and Wellington.

"We've got an exciting young group of guys playing for us this year and I'm looking forward to working with them in the future as head coach to see what we can achieve as a team,'' Joseph said.

''I've got a great coaching team around me and we've worked hard this year to create the right environment and keen to keep this going into the next few seasons.''

Highlanders general manager Roger Clark said Joseph had developed into a very good coach over the past four years.

''We are very enthusiastic about where this coaching team can take the Highlanders in the future," he said.

"When Jamie first started with the Highlanders in 2011 the goal was to develop the Highlanders as an organisation and a team that the fans and stakeholders respected and supported.

"There is no doubt that Jamie has had a large influence on the Highlanders achieving this goal and his commitment for another two years will assist the Highlanders to continue this momentum."

Jamie Joseph
STAYING ON: Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph.

Clark hopes to keep the current coaching team of Joseph, Tony Brown, Scott McLeod and Jon Preston together.

The Highlanders sit in fifth on the Super Rugby table with a demanding run to the playoffs that includes a game against the Chiefs at home on June 27 and away games against the Waratahs and Crusaders.

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