SR: Crusaders 29(17), Highlanders 10(3)

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Strap yourself in, as this could be a wild ride.

The Crusaders, currently in second place, have already qualified for the play-offs. However, they need the win, probably with a bonus point, to ensure they have direct passage into the semifinals and enjoy a bye next week.

However, the Highlanders need a comprehensive win over the Crusaders to secure the New Zealand conference trophy and a home play-off match. In short, the Highlanders need to earn five competition points and deny the Crusaders any points.

If the Crusaders and Highlanders are tied on points on the leaderboard, the Crusaders will go ahead because they will have won more matches.


Recent results:
2014: Crusaders won 32-30, Dunedin
2013: Crusaders won 40-12, Dunedin
2013: Crusaders won 24-8, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 51-18, Christchurch
2012: Highlanders won 27-24, Dunedin
2011: Highlanders won 26-18, Nelson
2011: Crusaders won 44-13, Dunedin

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Johnny McNicholl.
 
Highlanders: 15 Trent Renata, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 JP Koen, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Phil Burleigh.
 
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Watt (New Zealand)

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18 comments for “SR: Crusaders 29(17), Highlanders 10(3)

  1. avatar
    July 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    First points to Saders 3-0

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    July 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Every time the Saders come in the 22 they get points

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    July 12, 2014 at 9:51 am

    But Cater miss a sitter :)

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    July 12, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Studpid penalty from Highlanders and Carter take advantage, Saders lead 6-0

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    July 12, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Highlanders on the board with penalty Saders lead 6-3

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Read in a class of his own

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Brilliant step by Slade but could not offload…

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Saders lead 9-3 from penalty in the scrum

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I did not know scrumming up is allowed these days

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Offside against Treeby, he was in front of Parker after he knocked on. Carter will line up the sticks.

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    12-3 Saders

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Saders drive over from lineout for the first try of the game…Todd the man with the ball

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Saders lead 17-3 after the first 40

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Second half underway in Christchurch. Highlanders have replaced Coltman with Robinson. 17-3 Crusaders lead.

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    July 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Todd over for Saders second try and extend the lead ….

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  16. avatar
    July 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Quick take by Saders and try but i saw a obstruction and forward pass

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    July 12, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Great try by Buckman for Highlanders as they score their first try

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  18. avatar
    July 12, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Try Saders and Sharks is trouble to secure second spot

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