Fly-half Lima Sopoaga and winger Waisake Naholo did their chances of an All Blacks call-up no harm as they helped the Otago Highlanders to a 24-14 victory over the Waikato Chiefs in an intense wildcard play-off match in Dunedin on Saturday. The Highlanders, playing their first Super Rugby knockout match at home since 1999, advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in 13 years with the victory. We’ll savour this moment but another big job next week. It was a massive buzz playing in front of a home crowd Highlanders captain Ben Smith In another play-off qualifier, in Cape Town, the ACT Brumbies ran out convincing 39-19 winners over South African side Western Stormers. In next weekend's semi-finals, the Wellington Hurricanes will host the Brumbies, while the New South Wales Waratahs meet the Highlanders. Sopoaga and Naholo have been touted as possible surprise inclusions in Steve Hansen's extended All Blacks squad, to be named on Sunday, as the world champions build to their title defence in England later this year. Sopoaga slotted four penalties and a conversion for the home side, while Naholo combined beautifully with scrum-half Aaron Smith to score two tries and made several barnstorming runs, one of which was unlucky not to produce a first-minute try to Patrick Osborne. Naholo did score the only try of the first half when Smith exploited poor defence down the blindside with the pair supporting each other before the winger took the final pass to cross in the corner. The Chiefs managed to stay in the game with some superb counter-attacks from deep that allowed them to gain field position from which fly-half Andrew Horrell slotted three penalties to give his side a 9-8 lead at the break. But Smith again exploited the blindside close to the line, drawing in defenders that opened up Naholo's wing and allowed him to score his Super Rugby-leading 11th try of the season just two minutes into the second half. Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick, who seemed to be involved in all of the early confrontations and shoving matches between both sides, crossed with 20 minutes to go to give the Chiefs hope, but the Highlanders kept control. "We'll savour this moment but another big job next week," said Highlanders captain Ben Smith said. "It was a massive buzz playing in front of a home crowd. The boys really appreciate the support. We managed to play in the right areas of the field and we used the ball quite well. "It's a good Chiefs team. They really put us under pressure for the whole 80 minutes and I'm glad we managed to scrape through."