Crusaders ease to victory at the Brook



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Carisbrook, or the House of Pain, as it is also referred to, simply just doesn’t hold the same fear factor it once used to.

The Highlanders have been unable to string a series of results of any significance together at home since 2003. Two wins in a row at Carisbrook now constitutes a run of victories.

Add to that mix a team that is high on confidence after putting 53 points past the Western Force – without conceding anything – and you can see why the Crusaders will be favourites in Dunedin on Saturday.

But Crusaders coach Robbie Deans is not taking anything for granted. He has made it clear that his team is preparing for this game as if it is a final … a must win game.

“Outcomes are simply a by-product of how any team prepares and then performs in the contest. If you do that well, the chances are, you will get a positive outcome,” Deans said about his team’s approach and preparation this week.

That means the Highlanders can forget about catching the Crusaders off-guard.


Match detail


Dan Carter scored the first points of the match as he went over for the Crusaders first try. He put the ball down under the posts to make the conversion easier for him to score the conversion which he did.


In the 20th minute Nick Evans had a shot at poles but missed so the scores stayed the same.


Hoani MacDonald gives away a penalty for hands in the ruck so Dan Carter has a shot at goal and slots it between the uprights.


Nick Evans had another shot at goal and this one was in a better position so he was able to get it between the posts.


The Half time was score Highlanders 3 Crusaders 10


The Crusaders got the first try of the second half as Caleb Ralph went over. Carter’s conversion was good even though it flew through the air very strangely. 


Casey Laulala then stretched out in the tackle and scored the Crusaders third try. Dan Carter converts.


Carter sucked in a defender and the ball got to Casey Laulala who ran on to score the Crusaders bonus point try. Carter again converts.


Ti’i Paulo gets a yellow card and will miss the end of the game. Instead of going for posts the Highlanders opt for the scrum (using the numbers) but the Crusaders defend it well.


As the Hooter sounds the Crusaders get a turnover and after a brief spell of crazy play the Crusaders Rua Tipoki  runs away from the defence and scores the final try of the match. Stephen Brett converts.


Report to follow.


Full time Score Highlanders 3 Crusaders 38.





Tries –
Penalties – Nick Evans
Conversions –


Tries – Dan Carter,Caleb Ralph,Casey Laulala (2)Rua Tipoki,
Penalties – Dan Carter
Conversions -Dan Carter (4), Stephen Brett




Highlanders: 15 James Wilson, 14 Lucky Mulipola, 13 Matthew Saunders, 12 Aaron Bancroft, 11 Viliame Waqaseduadua, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Toby Morland, 8 Ezra Taylor, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Josh Blackie (c), 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Hoani MacDonald, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Anton Oliver, 1 ClarkeDermody.
Replacements: 16 Jason Macdonald, 17 Chris King, 18 Kane Thompson, 19 Hale T-Pole, 20 Ryan McCarthy, 21 Charlie Hore, 22 Callum Bruce.

Crusaders: 15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Scott Hamilton, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Caleb Ralph, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Kevin Senio, 8 Mose Tuiali’i, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Reuben Thorne, 5 Isaac Ross, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Campbell Johnstone, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Kieran Read, 19 Johnny Leo’o, 20 Andrew Ellis, 21 Stephen Brett, 22 Rua Tipoki.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Touch judges: Paul Honiss (New Zealand), Gary Wise (New Zealand)
Television match official: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel (New Zealand), Lusanda Menze (South Africa)

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