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Crusaders beat Highlanders in Dunedin

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Article Published: Saturday 29 June 2013|

The sixth placed Crusaders will be looking to keep their Super Rugby title hopes alive when they travel to Dunedin to play the last placed Highlanders in the overall standings.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. The Crusaders are on the field.
The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.
1.00: The Crusaders win the first penalty of the match. Dan Carter lines up the posts. He takes the shot and nails it. The Crusaders are on the board.
4.00: Hosea Gear who is winning his 100th Super Rugby cap in this match has a run but he is stopped by a great tackle from Dan Carter.
5.00: The Highlanders win a penalty. Instead of going for posts they go for the line out. At the line out they win another penalty.
6.00: The Highlanders get the ball to about 2m out but the Crusaders hold them out, the Highlanders then go wide and Tamati Ellison slips a pass behind him in the tackle to Ben Smith who goes over to score the first TRY! Ellison's pass was incredible.
7.00: Slade's conversion goes in off the post.
10.00: The Highlanders are playing with confidence and moving the ball around. They have nothing to lose so they are being adventurous and it's working.
11.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Slade takes the kick and misses.
13.00: The Highlanders have the ball and are attacking on the Crusaders 22. They get over the line and up to the 5m line. The Crusaders are hanging on.
14.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Carter kicks upfield for touch and relieves some pressure for the Crusaders.
16.00: The Crusaders have the ball and Ellis slips a pass to Guildford who gets them up to the 5m line but then they knock on.
17.00: The Crusaders scrum is solid as the Highlanders scrum falls apart. The Crusaders get the reset and the put in. First though we go to the TMO to check for some foul play. Jarrad Hoeata tackled Andy Ellis in a maul high and came in contact with his face so he is shown yellow card.
19.00: The Crusaders scrum for the penalty. The ball is slow to come out and then Carter breaks when the ball comes out but he loses the ball. The Crusaders have another penalty though for coming in from the side. They kick for touch.
21.00: The Crusaders win the line out and attack. Whitelock almost gets over in the corner but he is shoved into touch. The TMO confirms no try but there is another penalty for the Crusaders. They kick for touch and the line out again.
22.00: The line out is not straight. The Highlanders choose the scrum. On their 5m line.
24.00: The Highlanders concede another penalty from the scrum. It's on the 5m line. The Crusaders choose to scrum again.
26.00: The Crusaders stretch the Highlanders and have an open tryline in front of them but they are guilty of crossing so they concede a penalty. The Highlanders kick downfield and into touch.
27.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Slade again hits the posts. The Crusaders get the ball but the Highlanders charge it down. The Crusaders get to the ball though and prevent the try.
29.00: The Crusaders get the ball and Carter gets through a Ben Smith tackle and gets the ball away to George Whitelock  who scores under the posts.
30.00: Carter slots the conversion and the Crusaders lead again.
33.00: The Highlanders go back on attack and get to about 15m out. Possession is up to 56% for the Highlanders. The Highlanders knock on so the Crusaders have a scrum.
35.00: The Crusaders run the ball after a scrum. Carter chips up field and then Ben Smith tries to attack but loses the ball giving the Crusaders  a scrum in the Highlanders 22.
37.00: The Highlanders get out of jail by winning the scrum and kicking downfield.
39.00: Brad Thorn almost gets the ball away to Ben Smith in space but he just loses it - fingertips.
40.00: The siren sounds as the Crusaders complete a scrum. They attack and get the advantage. They can't do anything with the ball so we go back for the penalty. Carter will kick for posts.
41.00: Carter nails the kick and it's half time.
The half time score was Highlanders 7 Crusaders 13 
Dan Carter kicks off and the second half is underway.
41.00: Zac Guildford gets a chargedown from Ma'a Nonu who has just come on after the kick off and he chases the ball. Slade and Guildford meet at the ball and Slade JUST beats Guilford to the ball and save the try.
42.00: The Crusaders are running the ball more in the early stages of this half. They are in the Highlanders 22 on attack.
43.00: The Crusaders slip through the Highlanders defence as Tom Marshall gets through and slips a pass to Andy Ellis who scores the third TRY of the match.
43.00: Dan Carter takes the conversion kick and nail it in front of 18463 fans.
45.00: The Highlanders have the ball and they are attacking in the Crusaders 22. Thorn gets them to the 5m line. The Highlanders recycle and get to the line. They keep the ball alive but it goes dead. Highlanders get the 5m scrum.
48.00: We have just wasted a minute as the teams prepare for the scrum. The scrum finally completes and the Crusaders get a a hand to the ball. The Crusaders try to run the ball out and then when they do the Highlanders knock on.
50.00: The Highlanders attack and almost get through but Tom Marshall just manages to intercept and save the try.
53.00: Penalty to the Highlanders from the scrum. Slade kicks for touch.
55.00: The Highlanders are enjoying a strong spell in the game. They have the ball and they are forcing the Crusaders to retreat.
56.00: The Highlanders stretch the Crusaders and Slade passes to 100 cap Highlanders Hosea Gear who scores in the corner. TRY! The TMO checks and it's good.
56.00: Slade takes the conversion from the sideline and misses.
57.00: After the restart Ma'a Nonu tackles Tom Marshall and tip tackles him and up ends him. He is shown a red card for the tackle and is sent off. Carter takes the penalty kick and slots it. That is the first Red card in Super Rugby for 2013.
60.00: Both teams down to 14 men as Corey Flynn who has just come on to become the most capped Crusaders player high tackles Aaron Smith and is shown a yellow card.
63.00: The Highlanders are on attack and get to the 5m line but they don't protect the ball and the Crusaders grab it and run it 75m and then they win a penalty. Dan Carter will kick for posts. He slots it. That's six from six.
66.00:The Crusaders have the ball in the Highlanders 22 and then Dan Carter spots a gap, takes it and slips through and scores the Crusaders third TRY!
68.00: Carter converts his try. Seven from seven kicks.
71.00: Telusa Veianu makes a break but is stopped as the Crusaders look for the bonus point try.
72.00: The pace of the game has taken a step up as everyone is running from all over the field.
74.00: Penalty from the scrum for the Crusaders. Carter kicks downfield and it goes too far.
77.00: The Crusaders win a scrum and look to run the ball on the half way line but the Highlanders are up quickly and hold them back.
79.00: The Highlanders set up a line out in the Crusaders 22. They move the ball wide and Hosea Gear gets the ball to Slade on the wing but he is pushed into touch.
80.00: The Crusaders take the quick tap and they get the ball to Telusa Veianu and he beats both Highlanders wingers and sells a dummy and scores the bonus point TRY! 90m run!
Carter adds the conversion. That's it. Full time.
The full time score is Highlanders 12 (7) Crusaders 40 (13)


Tries - B.Smith, H.Gear
Pen -
Con - C.Slade
Drop -
Cards - J.Hoeata (19th min yellow), M.Nonu (57th min Red)

Tries - G. Whitelock, A.Ellis, D.Carter, T. Veianu
Pen - D.Carter 4
Con - D.Carter 4
Drop -
Cards - C.Flynn (59th min yellow)

Match Officials
: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Kane McBride
Assistant Ref 2:Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO : Keith Brown



1. Tony Woodcock ,2. Andrew Hore (c),3. Ma'afu Fia ,4. Brad Thorn ,5. Josh Bekhuis ,6. Jarrad Hoeata,7. Elliot Dixon ,8. Mose Tuiali'i ,9. Fumiaki Tanaka ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (vc),12. Shaun Treeby,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Kade Poki,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman ,17. Bronson Murray, 18. Jake Paringatai,19. TJ Ioane ,20. Aaron Smith ,21. Lima Sopoaga ,22. Ma'a Nonu


1. Joe Moody ,2. Ben Funnell ,3. Nepo Laulala,4. Tom Donnelly ,5. Sam Whitelock,6. George Whitelock (c) ,7. Matt Todd,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Andy Ellis ,10. Dan Carter ,11. Zac Guildford ,12. Tom Taylor ,13. Ryan Crotty ,14. Tom Marshall ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Corey Flynn, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Luke Romano, 19. Kieran Read, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tyler Bleyendaal,22. Telusa Veianu

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