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Highlanders vs Crusaders: Super Rugby live scores

17th March, 2018

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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
2 CONVERSION KICKS 2
2 PENALTY GOALS 1
0 DROP GOALS 0
 
 
Referee: Nick Briant
Touch judges: Michael Fraser & James Doleman
TMO: Glenn Newman
When: Saturday 17th March 2018, 5:30pm AEDT
Where: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
TV: Channel 505/Fox Sports
Betting: Highlanders $1.80, Crusaders $2
History: Highlanders 10, Crusaders 22
Referee: Nick Briant

Highlanders
1 Aki Seiuli, 2 Liam Coltman, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 5 Tom Franklin, 6 Liam Squire, 7 Dillon Hunt, 8 Luke Whitelock, 9 Aaron Smith, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 11 Tevita Li, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 13 Rob Thompson, 14 Waisake Naholo, 15. Ben Smith (cc).

Reserves
16 Ash Dixon (cc), 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Kalolo Tulioma, 19 Shannon Frizell, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes.

Crusaders
1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Codie Taylor 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Scott Barrett 5. Sam Whitelock (C)6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis 7. Matt Todd (VC) 8. Jordan Taufua 9. Mitchell Drummond 10. Mitchell Hunt 11. George Bridge 12. Tim Bateman 13. Jack Goodhue 14. Seta Tamanivalu 15. David Havili

Reserves
16. Ben Funnell, 17. Chris King, 18. Oliver Jager, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Billy Harmon, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Mike Delany, 23. Manasa Mataele.
Tevita Nabura of the Highlanders reacts during the round four Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Stormers Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 9, 2018 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)
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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.

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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.

Prediction
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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