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Crusaders beat Highlanders in Dunedin

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Article Published: Friday 23 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Dunedin based Highlanders and the Christchurch based Crusaders the Christchurch side have won three and lost two.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The Crusaders make a solid start and look like they have come to play.

2.00: The Crusaders run the ball at every opportunity. Dagg attacks down the wing and is stopped but the Highlanders concede a penalty. Slade will kick for posts.

3.00: Colin Slade takes the kick but misses.

5.00: The Crusaders win a scrum on the Highlanders 22 line. They go through several phases and get the ball out to the wing but then Johnny McNicholl loses the ball forward with an open try line ahead.

8.00: The Crusaders win a scrum and spread the ball wide again. This time McNicholl sucks in a defender and passes out to Nemani Nadolo who goes over in the corner. However we go to the TMO who sees that the final pass was forward. No try. 5m scrum.

9.00: The Highlanders win a penalty from the scrum and kick for touch. Crusaders win the line out and attack again. They get the ball into the Highlanders 22 and its all Crusaders attack again.

10.00: The Highlanders turn the ball over and they kick it into touch.

11.00: The Crusaders win the line out and go side to side on attack and then Jordan Taufua goes over for the first TRY! That has been relentless from the Crusaders.

12.00: Slade adds the conversion. The first 12 minutes was almost entirely Crusaders attack deep in Highlanders territory.  

14.00:The Highlanders get some rare ball and Malakaiu Fekitoa has a run but is caught. The Crusaders concede a penalty so Lima Sopoaga will kick for posts.

15.00: Sopoaga takes the kick but misses.

19.00: The Crusaders win a scrum but Aaron Smith gets a boot to the ball after the Crusaders fumble the ball and they chase the ball.

21.00: The Highlanders get the ball and attack but the Crusaders concede a penalty. The Highlanders kick for touch and the 5m line out. They win the line out and attack on the 5m line. The whistle goes for a penalty and a fight breaks out. Everyone piles in. When it dies down Richie McCaw is yellow carded. Highlanders choose the scrum.

23.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and attack. Sopoaga almost gets through but they recycle. They go again and this time Ged Robinson bashes over. TRY!

25.00:Lima Sopoaga takes the conversion but misses from almost in front.

27.00: The Highlanders start their attack on the half way line, Aaron Smith sets up Fekitoa who passes out to Patrick Osborne who shows real pace down the wing and scores a fantastic try for the Highlanders. TRY!

28.00: Sopoaga slots the conversion from the touchline.

31.00: The Highlanders another line out and Fekitoa busts through again. He is stopped and the ball is turned over. The Crusaders attack for a little bit and then the Highlanders turn the ball over until there is a knock on. McCaw comes back on.

35.00: The Crusaders have the ball and they go through the phases but the Highlanders just push them across the field and into touch.

38.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Slade lines up the kick and nails it.

39.00:The whistle goes for a penalty to the Crusaders on the halfway  line. A fight breaks out again. We go to the TMO to check. Jarrad Hoeata has a go on McCaw but nothing comes of it. The teams get a warning for off the ball stuff. The penalty stands and Slade kicks for the corner.

40.00: The Crusaders win the line out. They use the maul but the whistle goes as it was broken up. It's half time.

The half time score is Highlanders 12 Crusaders 10

40.01:The Crusaders kick off and we are underway with the second half.

41.00: The Crusaders get the perfect start. Nadolo has a run and races for the line. He is stopped short by Ben Smith but he gets the ball away and Tim Perry goes over. TRY!

42.00: Slade misses the conversion from in front.

46.00: The Highlanders scrum powers through the Crusaders scrum and it wins them a penalty. They kick for touch and the line out.

47: Highlanders win a penalty from the line out. They will kick for posts.

48.00: Sopoaga takes the shot and nails it to level the scores.

49.00: After the restart the Crusaders win the ball back and Crotty makes a break, he is stopped and the Crusaders go through the phases and Nepo Laulala scores. TRY!

50.00: Slade takes the conversion kick as the Crusaders bring on a change of front row. Slade nails the kick.

53.00: Israel Dagg makes a break for the Crusaders, he chips ahead but Aaron Smith gets back to save the try and secure the ball.

55.00: The Crusaders work the ball into the Highlanders 22. The Highlanders turn the ball over and then the Crusaders turn the ball over.

56.00: The Crusaders get the ball to the Highlanders 5m line but then the Highlanders turn the ball over and kick upfield. The Highlanders get to the ball first and at the tackle the Crusaders knock on.

60.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Hayden Parker takes the kick and slots it.

64.00: The Crusaders continue to attack. Nemani Nadolo makes a break which gets the Crusaders over the gain line. They continue to make ground and then Dagg slips a high pass out to Nemani Nadolo who scores in the corner. Bonus point TRY!

65.00: Slade slots the conversion.

66.00: Malakai Fekitoa enjoys a break for the Highlanders which gets them into the Crusaders 22, they keep the ball alive and recycle and Fekitoa pops up with the ball again and he goes over to score. We go to the TMO. The TRY! is awarded. Dagg was obstructed but the try is awarded.

67.00: Hayden Parker misses the conversion.

69.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Slade takes the shot and nails it.

71.00: The Highlanders get the ball on attack. They go through the phases and make steady ground and eventually Ben Smith goes over in the corner. TRY! Bonus point.

72.00: Parker slots the conversion.

77.00: The Highlanders are full of attack. They are pinning the Crusaders back in their half.

78.00: The Highlanders have the ball 5m out. Parker is waiting for the drop goal.

80.00: The Highlanders attack is relentless, they go wide for Osborne, Dagg tackles him into the corner. It's so close but the TMO has to decide. The ball touches the try line and the side line at the same time. No Try!

That's it.

The full time score is Highlanders 30 (12) Crusaders 32 (10)


Tries - G.Robinson, P.Osborne, M.Fekitoa, B.Smith
Pen - L.Sopoaga, H.Parker
Con - L.Sopoaga, H.Parker
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - J. Taufua, T.Perry, N. Laulala, N. Nadolo  
Pen - C.Slade 2
Con - C.Slade 3
Drop -
Cards - R.McCaw (21st min yellow)

Match Officials
Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson.
Assistant Ref 2: Ben O'Keeffe
TMO: Vinny Munro.



1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Ged Robinson , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Jarrad Hoeata , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne , 12 . Shaun Treeby , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Sam Anderson.Heather , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . Ma'afu Fia , 19 . Tom Franklin , 20 . Gareth Evans , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Hayden Parker , 23 . Phil Burleigh


1. Tim Perry,2. Ben Funnell ,3. Nepo Laulala ,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock ,6. Jordan Taufua ,7. Richie McCaw (VC),8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Andy Ellis ,10.Colin Slade ,11.Nemani Nadolo ,12.Ryan Crotty (C) ,13.Tom Taylor ,14.Johnny McNicholl ,15.Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Corey Flynn ,17. Wyatt Crockett ,18. Owen Franks ,19. Jimmy Tupou ,20. George Whitelock , 21. Willi Heinz ,22. Adam Whitelock ,23. Nafi Tuitavake

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