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Crusaders beat Highlanders in Christchurch

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Article Published: Friday 1 June 2012|

The last two matches between these two sides have been won by the Highlanders, so the Crusaders will be hungry to win tonight.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off.
0.00: Dan Carter gets proceedings under way as he kicks off for the Crusaders.
1.00: The Crusaders are awarded a free-kick early on and the teams will pack down on the Highlander's 22 for the first scrum of the game.
2.00: The Crusaders gain momentum early on as they string together phases inside the visitors' 22. They get within 5m of the line as the forwards drive the Highlanders back.
3.00: George Whitelock dives over the line to score the home side's first try.
4.00: Carter bangs over the conversion to extend the Crusaders' early lead.
6.00: The Highlanders are penalised at the breakdown on half way. Carter will line up a kick at goal.
7.00: Carter's kick is on target.
10.00: The Crusaders are penalised at scrum time. Chris Noakes will have a kick at posts from 35m out.
11.00: Noakes slots the kick, reducing the deficit.
15.00: The Crusaders are pinged at the breakdown, just inside Highlanders territory. The visitors kick for touch and gain valuable metres.
16.00: George Whitelock is sin-binned for repeatedly playing the ball on the ground. Noakes will have a kick at goal.
17.00: Noakes' kick sails over.
19.00: Tamati Ellison makes a solid break up field, brushing off several Crusaders defenders, to dot down for the Highlanders.
20.00: Noakes bangs over the kick, handing the Highlanders the lead.
25.00: The Crusaders gain momentum off the back of a scrum inside the Highlanders' 22. James Haskell receives a yellow card for playing the ball on the ground and Carter will have a kick at posts.
27.00: Carter's kick sails over and the scores are level in Christchurch.
28.00: Zac Guildford scores a brilliant solo try for the home side. He picks up a classy pass from Quentin McDonald and runs 55m to dot down.
30.00: Carter is unable to convert the try.
35.00: The Crusaders stike again as Carter chips through, Guildford chases regathers and scores again but in the other corner this time.
36.00: Carter converts the try.
37.00: Andy Ellis off-loads to Dan Carter, who runs 30m to score the Crusaders' bonus point try.
38.00: He converts his own try from directly in front of the sticks.
29.00: Penalty to the Crusaders, Dan Carter takes the shot from well out but misses.
The siren for half time sounds. It is half time.
The half time score was Crusaders 32 Highlanders 13.
The second half is underway.
The Crusaders pick up where they left off in the first half dominating the Highlanders.
45.00: The Highlanders apply pressure inside the Crusaders' 22 but the home side are able to find several gaps. Israel Dagg breaks and off-loads to Ellis who puts in a cross kick. Richie McCaw gets a hand on the ball and the TMO rules he has scored.
46.00: Carter is unable to convert the try.
49.00: Ryan Crotty makes a break through the Highlanders and takes Andy Ellis and Israel Dagg with him. He passes to Ellis and the Highlanders catch him.
55.00: The Crusaders win a lineout against the throw. They make a strong break from half way to get within 5m of the try line. The visitors are penalised and Ellis opts to take it quickly. Wyatt Crockett is able to get over the line for yet another Crusaders try.
57.00: Carter adds the extras with a successful conversion. Kieran Read has come off - possibly for blood.
60.00: The Highlanders get some hope as Hosea Gear gets the ball on the wing and races down the line and scores. Israel Dagg catches him but it's too late.
61.00: Delany is unable to convert the try.
66.00: The Crusaders win a 5m attacking scrum. The pass is poor but the Crusaders regather after a near intercept. The Crusaders then go through the phases flirting with the Highlanders tryline.
67.00: The home team gain momentum off the back of the scrum, testing the Highlanders' defence. They work through over fifteen phases and Tom Marshall looks to dot down in the corner but is pushed into touch.
69.00: The Highlanders are penalised at scrum time, just 5m from their own line. Carter kicks for the corner.
70.00: The Crusaders set up a strong rolling maul to get over the line, the try going to Matt Todd.
72.00: Carter bangs over the conversion.
75.00; Richie McCaw has taken a knock in his mouth so he comes off for blood but will stay off. The Crusaders look to gain momentum off the back of a lineout on half way. They work through several phases to get inside Highlanders territory but lose the ball forward.
77.00: The Highlanders look to run the ball from inside their own half but the Crusaders' defence remains impenetrable. The home side are able to affect a turnover and the Highlanders are penalised 25m out. Ellis kicks for the corner.
78.00: The Highlanders are penalised 10m from their own line for collapsing the scrum. Ellis kicks for the corner once again.
79.00: The Crusaders set up a strong rolling maul as they rumble towards the line, but Steve Walsh hands the Highlanders a free kick and they will feed a defensive scrum.
80.00: The Highlanders look to run the ball but are scragged on their own goal line. Delany loses the ball and the game comes to an end.
The fill time score is Crusaders 51 (32) Highlanders 18 (13).


Tries - G. Whitelock, Z Guildford 2, D. Carter, R McCaw, W Crockett, M. Todd
Pen - D. Carter 2
Con - D. Carter 5
Drop -
Cards - G Whitelock (Yellow)

Tries - T Ellison, H.Gear
Pen - C. Noakes 2
Con -  C Noakes
Drop -
Cards - J Haskell (Yellow)

Match Officials
Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Vinny Munro



1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Ben Franks 4. Luke Romano 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. George Whitelock 7. Richie McCaw (c) 8. Kieran Read 9. Andy Ellis 10. Dan Carter (vc) 11. Zac Guildford 12. Ryan Crotty 13. Robbie Fruean 14. Adam Whitelock15. Israel Dagg

Reserves :16. Quentin MacDonald,17. Owen Franks,18. Tom Donnelly,19. Matt Todd,20. Willi Heinz,21. Tom Taylor,22. Tom Marshall


1 Jamie Mackintosh (c) 2 Andrew Hore 3 Chris King 4 Jarrad Hoeata 5 Josh Bekhuis 6 Adam Thomson 7 James Haskell 8 Nasi Manu 9 Aaron Smith 10 Chris Noakes 11 Hosea Gear 12 Phil Burleigh 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Kurt Baker 15 Ben Smith

Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge 17 Bronson Murray 18 Nick Crosswell 19 Tim Boys 20 Jimmy Cowan 21 Mike Delany 22 Kade Poki

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