The Highlanders had a great start to the match and with pressure on the Crusaders early on.
It was the man with his 150th cap, Ben Smith that got the scoreboard ticking with a brilliant try.
Josh Ioane converted the try and the Highlanders took a 7-0 lead.
The Crusaders had their chances early on but every time they got close they made some handling errors which was very unlike Crusaders.
The Highlanders extended the lead with a penalty to 10-0 before the Crusaders went through 9 phases to get over for their first try of the match.
The conversion was over which reduced the lead to only three points.
The try seemed to spark something in the champions with them dominating in attack more.
Suddenly it was the Crusaders that made all the play and the Highlanders that had to defend.
The two teams went into the break with the Highlanders leading 10-7.
The Crusaders came out in the second half and quickly got into their game scoring their second try through David Havili. It was a massive break by Goodhue that made that try.
This gave the Crusaders the lead for the first time in the match.
It was if the Crusaders switch on and moved into attack-mode with the Highlanders forced to defend their line.
Mo’unga got a penalty over to extend the lead to 17-10 before the Crusaders found themselves again with an attacking scrum five meters out.
The referee decided to give a penalty try after the Crusaders pushed the Highlanders over in the scrum which extend the lead to 24-10.
The Highlanders did start to play a bit more with the ball but it was again the Crusaders with the try. This time Sevu Reece the man over the line.
This extended the lead to 29-10 after 60 minutes.
It was not that the Highlanders were totally outplayed it was just a case every time they made a mistake the Crusaders turned it into points.
Mitchell Drummond was the next man over the line for the Crusaders extending the lead to 36-10.
It was the Highlanders that scored next with Ioane and it was some reward for their play in the second half.
Jordan was next over for the home side with a step and nobody able to catch him.
The Highlanders were totally outplayed in the second half and just could not keep up.
At the end the Crusaders were just too good again beating the Highlanders 43-17
Crusaders – Tries: Ennor, Havili, Penalty try, Reece, Drummond, Jordon. Conversion: Mo’Unga (3), Hunt. Penalty:Mo’Unga.
Highlanders – Tries: Smith, Ioane. Conversions: Ioane, Gatland. Penalty: Ioane
|April 12, 2019||09:30||Super Rugby 2019||Vodacom Super Rugby 2019||80'|
|Team||Losing Bonus Point||Penalty||Tries||Conversions||4 TRY BP||Points||Outcome|