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|Home team||Away Team|
|51 - 18||
full-time Crusaders 51 Highlander 18
80 The Highlanders are awarded a scrum close to their try-line but there's little they can do as the hooter goes off. They try to run the ball but committ a handling error. The referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the match and his has been a rout for the home side. They've been dominant in every facet of play and thoroughly deserve this victory. The Highlanders, unfortunately, didn't come to the party and have only themselves to blame for this loss. They will have to go back to the drawing board as this result could hamper their chances of making the play-offs.
78 The Crusaders are awarded a penalty when several Highlanders are pinned for being offside. Ellis puts the ball into touch inside his opponents' 22.
75 Ellis and Carter trade passes but one of their efforts has gone forward and the Highlanders can put the ball in at the resulting scrum.
72 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 51-18. Carter adds another two-pointer which means the hosts have now wracked up their half century!
71 TRY, CRUSADERS, TODD! 49-18. From a line-out on the Highlanders' five-metre line, the Crusaders go on the drive and Matt Todd scores under a mass of bodies.
67 The Crusaders' forwards try to get over their opponents' try-line with pick-up and go moves around the fringes of rucks. They make little headway, however, and the ball is soon spun wide to their backs who also fail to breach the advantage line.
63 The Crusaders are once again camped on the Highlanders' try-line. However, the visitors are finally showing some courage on defence and keeping them at bay.
60 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, GEAR! 44-18. Hosea Gear intercepts a pass from Ellis on the edge of the Highlanders' 22 and sprints away before dotting down!
58 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 44-13. Dan the man adds another two points to his side points tally!
57 TRY, CRUSADERS, CROCKETT! 42-13. Wyatt Crockett runs a great line off a ruck close to the Highlanders' try-line and crashes over!
56 Sam Whitelock does well when he poaches a ball at a line-out on the Highlanders' throw-in and the Crusaders are immediately on the attack again.
52 Burleigh tries to put Nick Crosswell into a gap on the edge of the Crusaders' 22 but the referee rules that his pass to the replacement back row was forward.
50 Crotty tears the Highlanders' defence to shreds inside his own 22! He is soon inside his opponents' half but his pass to Ellis goes forward. That's a wasted opportunity!
49 The Highlanders are trying desperately to strike back and are running the ball from all parts of the field. Noakes spins the ball to Hosea Gear close to the Crusaders' try-line but he is kept in check by Adam Whitelock.
46 TRY, CRUSADERS, MCCAW! 37-13. McCaw dives onto a grubber kick grom Ellise behind the Highlanders' try-line. This after the home side launched a counter-attack from deep inside their own half with at least seven players handling the ball in the build-up.
43 The Crusaders are put under huge pressure at a scrum. Kieran Read does well to control the ball and sets up a ruck from which his team-mates consolidate.
40 Noakes gets the second half underway with a kick which is claimed by Sam Whitelock. He immediately goes to ground and sets up a ruck.
Half-time Crusaders 32 Highlanders 13
40 Haskell is penalised for a ruck infringement and Carter takes a shot at goal. His effort is wide of the posts and after the Highlanders initially try to run the ball from behind the posts, the ball comes out to Noakes who puts it into touch. What an entertaining first half that's been! The hosts are in control and have already picked up their try-scoring bonus point. They will look to consolidate after the break while the Highlanders will do everything to hit back from the restart. It should be an interesting second period!
38 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 32-13. Carter adds the extras and the hosts are pulling away now.
37 TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 30-13. From the kick-off Robbie Fruean gathers and sets off on a run from inside his 22. He beats several defenders before offloading to Ellis who is in the clear! The scrum-half gets a pass away to Crotty who dots down under the posts!
36 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 25-13. Carter adds the extras from the touchline!
35 TRY, CRUSADERS, GUILDFORD! 23-13. Carter puts a grubber kick through inside the Highlanders' 22. The kick is beautifully weighted and Guildford gathers and gets an easy run-in in the left-hand corner!
32 Ellison puts a grubber kick through but Dagg is well positioned and gathers the kick. He tries to take on the Highlanders defence but knocks on after a big hit from Phil Burleigh.
29 TRY, CRUSADERS, GUILDFORD! 18-13. Carter puts a grubber kick through inside his 22 which is gathered by replacement hooker Quentin MacDonald. He does well to get his pass away to Guildford who goes on a mazy 55 metre run and shrugs off the attentions of several defenders before dotting down in the right-hand corner! What a try!
27 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 13-13. Carter steps up and punishes Haskell's indiscretion from the kicking tee.
26 YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, HASKELL! Referee Steve Walsh has no choice other than to send James Haskell to the sin bin after the flanker plays the ball on the ground at a ruck close to his try-line.
23 The Crusaders are on the attack inside the Highlanders' 22 and Zac Guildford makes a break from a ruck. He tries to offload to Israel Dagg but his pass is a poor one and rolls into touch.
21 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 10-13. Noakes makes no mistake and adds the extra two points from the kicking tee!
20 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, ELLISON! 10-11. Tamati Ellison shrugs off tackles from Ryan Crotty and Ben Franks before getting in next to the posts!
17 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 10-6. Noakes adds the extras after the Crusaders blindside flanker's indiscretion.
17 YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS, G WHITELOCK! George Whitelock is given his marching orders after playing the ball on the ground.
16 Noakes puts the ball into touch after Adam Whitelock is penalised for a ruck infringement just inside the Highlanders' half.
14 From a scrum just outside the Highlanders' 22, Andy Ellis tries to break around the blindside. His run is spotted by Adam Thomson who ushers him into touch.
12 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, NOAKES! 10-3. Wyatt Crockett is pinned for a scrum infringement just inside the Crusaders' half and Chris Noakes steps up and nails the spot kick!
9 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 10-0. Carter lands a monster spot-kick from 50 metres out after Chris King is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.
6 Aaron Smith spins the ball wide to Andrew Hore. The big hooker is isolated and McCaw wins a crucial turnover at the breakdown!
4 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 7-0. Dan Carter adds the extras to extend his side's lead!
3 TRY, CRUSADERS, G WHITELOCK! 5-0. From a ruck on the edge of the Highlanders' try-line George Whitelock picks up and is driven over the whitewash by McCaw!
2 The Crusaders are immediately on the attack and Carter puts Zac Guildford into a gap. The home side are soon camped close to the Highlanders' try-line!
Kick-off And we're off! Dan Carter gets us started. His kick is gathered by Kurt Baker who is bundled into touch by Richie McCaw. That was a big hit!
Team News The Highlanders have made five changes to their starting line-up with four of those being in their starting pack. Chris King returns to the front row replacing Ma'afu Fia, who drops out of the 22. Lock Josh Bekhuis and flank James Haskell also return to the starting eight replacing Hoani MacDonald and Tim Boys respectively. Nasi Manu also comes back into the starting XV at number eight, and Nick Crosswell moves to the reserves bench. In the backs only one change has been made with Aaron Smith returning to the starting scrum-half spot ahead of Jimmy Cowan.
Team News The big news is that the Crusaders welcome back first-choice number eight Kieran Read to the starting XV. Read takes Richie McCaw's place at the back of the scrum with the Crusaders captain moving to openside flanker, relegating Matt Todd to the bench. In the only other change to the side which thumped the Blues 59-12 a fortnight ago, Ben Franks will start at tighthead prop instead of younger brother Owen.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the AMI Stadium in Christchurch for this Super Rugby hit out between our hosts, the Crusaders and the Highlanders. We'll be back shortly with team news!
|Friday 21st March|
|19:45||Worcester vs Wasps|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|17:30||London Irish vs Bath|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|14:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|Friday 28th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 29th March|
|15:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Northampton vs Leicester|
|Sunday 30th March|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Worcester|
|Friday 11th April|
|19:45||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 12th April|
|15:00||Worcester vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Bath|
|Sunday 13th April|
|14:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|Friday 18th April|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Leicester|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale Sharks|
|15:15||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
|Harlequins 21 - 20 Worcester|
|Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 28th February|
|Bath 10 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 23rd February|
|Saracens 23 - 10 Exeter|
|Newcastle 16 - 22 Northampton|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Leicester|
|Saturday 22nd February|
|Worcester 12 - 24 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 32 - 25 Wasps|
|Gloucester 25 - 20 Harlequins|
|Sunday 16th February|
|Leicester 11 - 8 Gloucester|
|Saturday 15th February|
|Exeter 23 - 27 Bath|
|Wasps 20 - 23 London Irish|
|Northampton 30 - 14 Worcester|
|Harlequins 18 - 14 Newcastle|
|Friday 14th February|
|Sale Sharks 10 - 15 Saracens|
|Sunday 9th February|
|Harlequins 11 - 10 Wasps|
|Saturday 8th February|
|Exeter 16 - 17 Northampton|
|Saracens 13 - 22 London Irish|
|Bath 24 - 6 Newcastle|
|Friday 7th February|
|Sale Sharks 24 - 19 Gloucester|
|Worcester 22 - 23 Leicester|
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