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    Crusaders v Highlanders (Result)



    As expected the Crusaders advanced to the semi finals when they beat the Highlanders on Friday 38-14.

    Although the Highlanders put up a great contest in the first half they lost the game early in the second when Squire was yellow carded for a shoulder tackle.

    This turned the game and the Highlanders could never come back after the champions scored two tries in that period.

    From the kickoff the Crusaders stayed in the Highlanders half and forced a penalty which was kicked over for the early lead of 3-0.

    The Highlanders fond their way over the line and the try was awarded but referee went upstairs to the TMO. From a few looks it was decided it was a double movement and the try was overturned.

    The Highlanders had an opportunity to even things out but the penalty hit the upright with the Crusaders exiting their twenty two.

    From a great lineout the Highlanders worked through the forwards and quickly spread the ball out wide with Smith that delivered the perfect pass to Sio Tomkinson getting over in the corner.

    This gave the visitors a 7-3 lead.

    The Crusaders hit back with Havili who was at the end of a brilliant pass to get over under the sticks for the lead of 10-7 after 23 minutes.

    The Crusaders started to show more composer on attack and playing in the right side of the field as well. It was starting to look that they were getting control.

    The Crusaders were so dangerous on attack with brilliant hands and speed to beat the Highlanders defence. This made their second try look so easy when Mo’unga got over.

    The Highlanders was putting huge pressure on the Crusaders playing in their twenty two. This saw Teihorangi Walden bashing over for their second try of the match and reducing the lead.

    The home side had one more chance to score points before the end of the half but lost their lineout and went into the break with a 17-14 lead.

    The Crusaders had another opportunity with an attacking lineout but lost another one to go into the break in the lead with 17-14.

    The second half did not start well for the visitors when Squire was send off with a yellow card for a shoulder tackle.

    This open up for Crusaders and they scored two tries in the time Squire was off to extend their lead to 31-14 after 57 minutes into the game.

    The left the Highlanders with plenty to catchup if they wanted to win the game.

    The Crusaders just kept the pressure on the Highlanders pinning them in their own half with some brilliant interplay.

    Richie Mo’unga was at the end of a brilliant kick ahead to get another for the home side.

    This took the Crusaders lead to 38-17 with 10 to go.



    Crusaders Crusaders  38 14  Highlanders Highlanders

    Crusaders: Tries – David Havili, Richie Mo”unga(2), Whetu Douglas, Michael Alaalatoa Conversions – Richie Mo”unga(5) Penalties: Richie Mo”unga

    Highlanders: Tries – Sio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden Conversions – Josh Ioane(2)


    Date Time League Season Full Time
    June 21, 2019 09:20 Super Rugby 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby 2019 80'


    AMI Stadium


    TeamLosing Bonus PointPenaltyTriesConversions4 TRY BPPointsOutcome


    38 - 14Full Time
        • TRY TIME!! Crusaders!!! #CRUvHIG

        • Swearing at the Jaco, not a good idea although there may be plenty that would have loved to did it over the years #CRUvHIG

        • TRY TIME!! Crusaders!!! starting to pull away now, that yellow card very costly now #CRUvHIG

        • TRY TIME!!! Crusaders driving over the line #CRUvHIG

        • Yellow card for Squire for shoulder challenge #CRUvHIG

        • TRY TIME!! Highlanders!!! Walden bash over, build up nice to this try #CRUvHIG

        • Great pressure from the Highlanders on the home side #CRUvHIG

        • TRY TIME!! Crusaders!!! Skill and speed just too good for Highlanders defence #CRUvHIG

        • Crusaders starting to control the controllable which may see them pulling away now #CRUvHIG

        • TRY TIME!! Crusaders!!! Havili the man over under the sticks #CRUvHIG

        • TRY TIME!!! Highlanders!! Great try from the lineout all the way to the wing #CRUvHIG

        • Highlanders with another penalty and now going for lineout #CRUvHIG

        • Highlanders with penalty going for points....but against the upright #CRUvHIG

        • Highlanders putting some pressure on Crusaders at the breakdowns and winning it at the end, very important small battles you need to contest #CRUvHIG

        • TMO decide NO TRY, second movement #CRUvHIG

        • TRY TIME!!! Highlanders!!! TMO to check the grounding #CRUvHIG

        • Crusaders take the lead #CRUvHIG

        • Crusaders with the first penalty and going for points #CRUvHIG

        • Have Saders for the win by 15 or more

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        1. Exciting and close game in Christchurch with the home side leading the Highlanders 17-14 at the break. Both sides left some points on the field in that first half but the Crusaders starting to dominate the scrums. Exciting second half ahead of us #CRUvHIG

        2. That is it…Crusaders advance to semi final and Highlanders reach the end of the road, costly yellow card that cost highlanders big time. Crusaders just to clinical for the Highlanders #CRUvHIG