Highlanders wing Josh McKay has come up with the tackle of the year, putting on a last ditch try-saving hit on Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall.

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The former Canterbury player and local Christchurch-product denied his hometown franchise after some magic from Richie Mo’unga.

The flyhalf sliced through the Highlanders around halfway and found Will Jordan with a no-look inside ball. With just one man to beat, Jordan put Hall away for what should have been a guaranteed five points.

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Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger

As Hall was diving over for the try, McKay made a play for the ball forcing a knock-on to the disbelief of the Crusaders halfback who was subbed immediately after.

The try-saver kept a Highlanders led at 17-13 which was extended moments later when Highlanders centre Michael Collins drove over at the end.

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McKay’s amazing tackle kept the Highlanders in the game and allowed them to extend their lead, but a rampant period by the Crusaders with 20-minutes to go erased the nine point deficit in minutes with two tries to George Bridge.

With ten minutes to go, the Crusaders lead 25-22 with one hand on the Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy.

If the Highlanders get up, McKay’s tackle will take on more significance. If not, it will still be remembered for a very long time and go down as one of the best of 2020.

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