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    Highlanders vs Crusaders

    Super Rugby, 17 March, 2018

    Forsyth Barr Stadium
    Fulltime - Highlanders 25, Crusaders 17
    Highlanders   Crusaders
    25 FINAL SCORE 17
    3 TRIES 2
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Nick Briant
    Touch judges: Michael Fraser & James Doleman
    TMO: Glenn Newman

    Match result:

    The Crusaders’ Super Rugby title defence has struck an early season speed bump after going down 25-17 to the Highlanders in a rollicking South Island derby.

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    Final score
    Highlanders 25
    Crusaders 17

    Match preview:

    The Highlanders are coming off a win against the Stormers and will line-up against a motivated Crusaders outfit who despite their loss to the Hurricanes last week, will field a strong team. Join The Roar for live scores from the match, starting from 5:30pm AEDT.

    The Highlanders were rusty last week as they were coming off a bye. But boasting arguably the best backline in the business with the premier scrum-half in the world in Aaron Smith, they will be much stronger this week.

    The Highlanders are top of the NZ conference after being undefeated this season and they would be hoping to get a crucial win against their neighbours.

    The Highlanders love to play at a high tempo and Smith is their heartbeat. If Smith is at his best expect Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith and Lima Sopoaga to dominate the game.

    The Crusaders will be without their mid-field supremo Ryan Crotty. The All-Black centre who is the glue that holds the backline together was ruled out due to a concussion which he suffered last week.

    They do however get their captain Sam Whitelock back after being taken from the field early along with Crotty last Saturday, Crusaders were dismantled by the electrifying backline of the Hurricanes and this week does not get any easier.

    If they are to come home with a win then they need grind down the Highlanders and counter the Highlanders blueprint of fast-paced rugby.

    A lot will fall on the shoulders of Mitchell Hunt who came off second best against Beauden Barrett last week.

    He comes up against another All-Black in Lima Sopoaga and whoever controls the game better will go a long way in ensuring their team wins.

    The loss of key players such as Mo’unga and Crotty will make it extremely difficult against this classy Highlanders unit.

    Highlanders by 5.

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    The Crowd Says (39)

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    • 8:35pm
      Faith said | 8:35pm | ! Report

      Good but not a classic by any means at least not in attack and game flow. The Landers only got their game going when the Saders tired in the last 20 mins. Crotty and Whitelock really missed by the Saders …

      • 10:25am
        Old Bugger said | 10:25am | ! Report

        Well, they certainly didn’t miss having Marshall calling on TV. I’ve never heard so much bleating from him than what we experienced last night. Someone please, get rid of this chump from calling any further Sader’s matches for fear that his rose-tinted glasses may crack, under the weight of his bleats.

        Oh and btw Faith, what game were you watching. This one was just brutal and physical and any match that contains those key ingredients, becomes a war not a running game. Me thinks you may be twinkling too many toes looking for a pirouette rather than putting in a bit of shoulder and grunt.

    • 7:57pm
      Sylvester said | 7:57pm | ! Report

      I agree that both teams were smashing each other. More experienced Crusaders sides usually absorb this pressure more effectively. A lot of plays seemed rushed and under thought.
      Hunt and Drummond both have weak kicking games so they really struggled to gain territory.

    • 7:42pm
      Lara said | 7:42pm | ! Report

      Great derby, Nice touches from both teams.

    • 7:30pm
      Mike said | 7:30pm | ! Report

      Congrats to the Highlanders on a good win, even adding to the score with a man in the bin. As for the Crusaders, they no longer are the team of old.

      • 7:33pm
        Sylvester said | 7:33pm | ! Report

        The team of two games ago, you mean?

      • 8:52pm
        Dave said | 8:52pm | ! Report

        Really. Since half the team are injured, bit of a silly statement.

    • 7:27pm
      moaman said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      Exciting game.The touchies could do with a visit to a reputable optometrist but all in all a great game to watch.

    • Roar Guru

      Machpants said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      Intense, test match level game. Very enjoyable to watch. Landers deserved the win, Saders missing the direction of mo’unga and hard yakka of captain Whitelock. All their props and Read and Crotty ….

      And really the kicking from Drummond was so poor it cost them one try and a heap of field position – I can’t see him starting again.

      • 7:29pm
        Highlander said | 7:29pm | ! Report

        Sorry mate, no sympathy, when the Cru nicked this game off us at the end last year we had 15 injured.

        What a game though.

        Crusaders probably still favourites for the whole things.

        • Roar Guru

          Machpants said | 7:36pm | ! Report

          I had sympathy for the landers then and sympathy for the Saders here. I’m a canes fan, so not invested either way. It sucks when any team can’t field at least a good proportion of their best

        • 10:28am
          Old Bugger said | 10:28am | ! Report

          Great win HL…….and the brutal tackling from your boys….incredible cos it wasn’t once in a blue moon occurrence but nearly every second tackle. Luke W may not be everyone’s cup of tea at No8 but gee, his tackles will certainly lift any player let alone the whole side, to greater heights when you see one of his bone-crushers.

          Just ask Taufua…..he felt it.

          • 3:51pm
            Highlander said | 3:51pm | ! Report

            Do like it when both defensive lines fly at each other, that was brutal

    • 7:25pm
      Highlander said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      I hope this video wings it way to World Rugby super fast.

      In a game this quick Briant tried to the ref the new breakdown laws but give the pace of the game simply ignored ever other laws when the ball was on the ground, complete free for all, and a mess in short.

      But what a game, so quick, the Highlandergainlime D is outrageous.

      Must say I did enjoy Mitch Hunts little error at the end,

      This year,
      Farmlands Cup preseason, Bravehearts beat the Knights a couple of weeks ago ( haven’t heard today’s ) and now the big dogs come out on the top of the local derby, sooooooo gooooood.

      • 10:31am
        Old Bugger said | 10:31am | ! Report

        Absolutely agree about Briant. And also, how straight does a Taylor lineout throw have to be to avoid being called against??? Always said NB was a plodder under the whistle but, he’ll probably get away with this one because of the speed, the accuracy, the brutality and the physicality displayed, by both teams.

    • 7:24pm
      Sylvester said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      Well, the honeymoon is officially over for Razor. He’s is finding out this competition isn’t easy with 10 or so fewer All Blacks he’s used to.

      • 7:25pm
        Highlander said | 7:25pm | ! Report

        Not a all, Razor came with an excellent game plan

        • 7:31pm
          Sylvester said | 7:31pm | ! Report

          Yeah, I assume game plan wasn’t drop a lot of ball, miss a lot of tackles and concede crucial penalties, but that’s how it played out.
          They looked quite rudderless out there, which is the concern. Not unexpected given the players they have out, but they need to adapt to situation in a hurry.

          • 7:35pm
            Highla said | 7:35pm | ! Report

            You’re a hard marker Sylvester

            Pressure at the gain line like we saw tonightwas immense, lots of those errors were forced – having a faceful of Luke Whitelock or Liam Squire will do that to most

            • Roar Guru

              Machpants said | 7:45pm | ! Report

              Or Elliott Dixon, he’s back!

              • 8:05pm
                Highlander said | 8:05pm | ! Report

                he was good eh
                playing for an offshore contract next year I think
                good to see him back at top form

    • 6:54pm
      The V Man said | 6:54pm | ! Report

      Rugby from the gods…..intense, tribal, fast, and skilful!!!!!

      • 7:08pm
        Sylvester said | 7:08pm | ! Report

        I agree. Great game of turnover..err.. rugby.

      • 7:16pm
        KiwiHaydn said | 7:16pm | ! Report

        Test match quality.

    • Roar Guru

      Machpants said | 6:44pm | ! Report

      Drummond poor kicking is costing the Saders, he needs to go off

    • Roar Guru

      Machpants said | 6:36pm | ! Report

      Red card for all money, another home team call

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