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Highlanders
25
17
Full Time
Crusaders
CRU
Super Rugby
Saturday 17 March 2018, 2:35am EDT

Highlanders v Crusaders

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    69'
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    65'
  • ConversionMitch Hunt
    55'
  • TRY!Bryn Hall
    54'
  • TRY!Elliot Dixon
    49'
  • Yellow CardWaisake Naholo
    41'
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalMitch Hunt
    19'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    14'
  • TRY!Lima Sopoaga
    14'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    10'
  • TRY!Liam Coltman
    9'
  • ConversionMitch Hunt
    7'
  • TRY!George Bridge
    5'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
410
491
Metres
43
43
Carries
30
19
Defenders beaten
11
15
Clean breaks
114
178
Passes
11
10
Offloads
13
19
Turnovers conceded
9
6
Turnovers won
138
114
Tackles
19
30
Missed tackles
Highlanders T C P
15 Ben Smith 0 0 0
14 Waisake Naholo 0 0 0
13 Rob Thompson 0 0 0
12 Teihorangi Walden 0 0 0
11 Tevita Li 0 0 0
10 Lima Sopoaga 1 2 2
9 Aaron Smith 0 0 0
1 Aki Seiuli 0 0 0
2 Liam Coltman 1 0 0
3 Siate Tokolahi 0 0 0
4 Jackson Hemopo 0 0 0
5 Thomas Franklin 0 0 0
6 Liam Squire 0 0 0
7 Dillon Hunt 0 0 0
8 Luke Whitelock 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Ash Dixon 0 0 0
17 Dan Lienert-Brown 0 0 0
18 Kalolo Tuiloma 0 0 0
19 Shannon Frizell 0 0 0
20 Elliot Dixon 1 0 0
21 Kayne Hammington 0 0 0
22 Fletcher Smith 0 0 0
23 Matt Faddes 0 0 0
Crusaders T C P
15 David Kaetau Havili 0 0 0
14 Seta Tamanivalu 0 0 0
13 Jack Goodhue 0 0 0
12 Tim Bateman 0 0 0
11 George Bridge 1 0 0
10 Mitch Hunt 0 2 1
9 Mitchell Drummond 0 0 0
1 Wyatt Crockett 0 0 0
2 Codie Taylor 0 0 0
3 Michael Alaalatoa 0 0 0
4 Luke Romano 0 0 0
5 Scott Barrett 0 0 0
6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis 0 0 0
7 Matt Todd 0 0 0
8 Jordan Taufua 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Ben Funnell 0 0 0
17 Chris King 0 0 0
18 Oli Jager 0 0 0
19 Quinten Strange 0 0 0
20 Billy Harmon 0 0 0
21 Bryn Hall 1 0 0
22 Brett Cameron 0 0 0
23 Manasa Mataele 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
6 Highlanders 54 44
1 Crusaders 80 63
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  • FULL TIME - The ball is knocked on both ways and the referee calls full time. The Highlanders have beaten the Crusaders 25-17. After a first half lead, the Highlanders resumed proceedings with a 50th minute try to Elliott Dixon but when Hall scored a 55th minute try for the Crusaders, things were at a knife's edge. The Highlanders were able to score two penalty goals to make this game theirs.
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  • The Highlanders are home here, as it will need the Crusaders to score two tries to win it from here.
    79''
  • MISSED PENALTY GOAL HIGHLANDERS - Sopoaga takes the penalty kick, but he strikes the post and misses.
    77''
  • The Highlanders are proud of themselves as they win a scrum penalty against the Crusaders, for the front row collapsing.
    76''
  • The Highlanders just need to hang onto the ball as much as possible and they will end up winning this one.
    74''
  • Time is becoming a factor that is playing against the Crusaders at the moment.
    72''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) Highlanders 25 - Crusaders 17 - Sopoaga gives the Highlanders the lead they were after, as he kicks a penalty goal.
    70''
  • The Highlanders are looking to take the game out to the all important eight point barrier and this is their opportunity, with another penalty kick.
    68''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) Highlanders 22 - Crusaders 17 - Sopoaga has kicked it straight through the middle to give the Highlanders a five point lead over the Crusaders.
    66''
  • The referee has awarded a penalty to the Highlanders who have indicated they are going to take the kick.
    65''
  • Somehow the Crusaders are able to survive the intensity of the Highlanders. They are still in this one.
    63''
  • The Highlanders are on the attack. They are only inches away from the try line. This is looking very dangerous for the Crusaders.
    61''
  • The Crusaders are throwing everything at the Highlanders, knowing this is a crucial part in the match.
    59''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION CRUSADERS (Mitch Hunt) Highlanders 19 - Crusaders 17 - Hunt converts the try for the Crusaders, to keep them within striking distance of the Highlanders.
    57''
  • Try
    TRY CRUSADERS (Bryn Hall) Highlanders 19 - Crusaders 15 - The ball pops up to Hall and he runs towards the line, unopposed, to score a much needed try for the Crusaders.
    55''
  • The Crusaders will now need to score two tries, to regain the lead.
    53''
  • MISSED CONVERSION - Sopoaga pushes it away to the right, failing to pick up the extra points.
    51''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Elliot Dixon) Highlanders 19 - Crusaders 10 - Seiuli finds the gap, as he throws it over to Dixon, as it bounces up in to his advantage, he runs onto it and runs it over the line. The referee has sent it up to the TMO. He has awarded the try.
    50''
  • Taufua is down on the ground, being attended to by the trainers.
    48''
  • Bateman knocks on the ball in the middle of the ground and the referee has called it back.
    46''
  • The Crusaders are doing their bit at the moment, as they look for a way to chase down the Highlanders.
    44''
  • Yellow Card
    YELLOW CARD HIGHLANDERS - Waisake Naholo has been given a yellow card, after taking Goodhue high. The referee has sent him off the ground.
    42''
  • SECOND HALF - We are back under way for the second half, as the Crusaders kick off.
    41''
  • HALF TIME - The whistle sounds for half time as the Highlanders go into the half time break holding a 14-10 lead over the Crusaders. Bridge scored the first try of the match for the Crusaders at the 6th minute, but after this it was all Highlanders, with tries to Coltman in the 10th minute and Sopoaga in the 15th minute.
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  • Taufua has taken the pass, looks around and thumps into the turf for a try beside the uprights. The referee wants it looked at, even though he awarded a try. The TMO has advised there was a knock on.
    39''
  • The Crusaders are throwing everything at the Highlanders to get over the line before half time.
    38''
  • Goodhue is currently off the field, being assessed for an injury.
    36''
  • The game is largely being played in the middle of the ground, with a bulk load of tackles.
    34''
  • Coltman is caught, 15m from the line. The Highlanders are pressing hard here.
    32''
  • Both teams are starting to make some errors around the ground.
    30''
  • Barrett attempts to run it down the sideline, but he is caught and the ball is turned over.
    28''
  • Ben Smith is able to clear the ball away for the Highlanders before the Crusaders can make the most of it.
    26''
  • It has become a bit of an arm wrestle, with both teams believing they can score the next try of the match.
    24''
  • The game has become a bit of a tight one, with importance being placed on the next score of the match.
    22''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL CRUSADERS (Mitch Hunt) Highlanders 14 - Crusaders 10 - Hunt takes the penalty kick for the Crusaders from directly in front. He makes no mistake.
    20''
  • All of a sudden the pressure is all on the Crusaders, as they need to send a quick reply.
    18''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) Highlanders 14 - Crusaders 7 - Sopoaga has his own cake and eats it as he converts his own try.
    16''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) Highlanders 12 - Crusaders 7 - Sopoaga takes the pass and dives for the line. He looks to have scored the try, but the ref thought he may have lost the ball, so he has asked to check the grounding. All good here as Sopoaga has scored a try.
    15''
  • The crowd are getting vocal as the Highlanders are only eight metres away from the line.
    14''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS (Lima Sopoaga) Highlanders 7 - Crusaders 7 - Sopoaga has no problems here as he floats it through the uprights.
    12''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Liam Coltman) Highlanders 5 - Crusaders 7 - Coltman is over beside the upright and the Highlanders are able to get one back on the Crusaders.
    10''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION CRUSADERS (Mitch Hunt) Highlanders 0 - Crusaders 7 - Hunt kicks it straight through the middle to give the Crusaders a 7-0 lead.
    8''
  • Try
    TRY CRUSADERS (George Bridge) Highlanders 0 - Crusaders 5 - Bridge takes the ball and in an unlikely run, he leaves his opponents shaking in their boots, as he scores a try under the uprights.
    6''
  • The Crusaders are going about their game in a physical manner, as the Highlanders are wilting under the pressure.
    4''
  • It has been a tight opening for both teams, as both teams attempt to find their way.
    2''
  • FIRST HALF - The Highlanders kick off and we are under way.
    1''
  • Welcome to Forsyth Barr Stadium for the match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
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