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Match Report – Crusaders beat Highlanders to take Super Rugby Aotearoa championship

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The Crusaders wrap up the Super Rugby Aotearoa on Sunday when they beat the Highlanders to take the title.

Crusaders Crusaders 32 22 Highlanders Highlanders

Another trophy in their cabinet just tells the story of the most successful team in the modern era by a country mile.

At halftime it was still anyone game with the Highlanders only leading 17-13 but it was again that second half brilliance from the Crusaders that secure the win with 32-22.

The Highlanders got off to a cracker with great work from Aaron Smith behind the pack with Shannon Frizell getting over for the first try of the match.

That gave them a 7-0 lead early on.

The Crusaders even the it up again with a steal from Hall and the some great passing down the field saw Mo’unga getting over.

The Highlanders then slotted a penalty over before an intercept by Nareki saw him running 70 meters to stretch their lead to 17-7.

Mo’unga pulled six points back with two penalty of his own before halftime to reduce the Highlanders lead to 17-13 at the break.

The Highlanders kept the pressure on and scored first in the second half through Michael Collins after presistant attack on the Saders line.

This gave them the lead of 22-13.

It was here were the Crusaders showed their class with Bridge crossing the line twice, breaking the defensive line with some great handling.

This gave the Saders the lead 25-22. The Crusaders added one more try with Braydon Ennor getting over for his try.

At the end the Crusaders was just too good beating a spirited Highlanders side 32-22.

Scorers:

Crusaders – Tries: Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge (2), Braydon Ennor. Conversions: Mo’unga (3). Penalties: Mo’unga (2).
Highlanders – Tries: Shannon Frizell, Jonah Nareki, Michael Collins. Conversions: Josh Ioane (2). Penalty: Ioane.

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