Highlanders stun Crusaders
Cape Town - The Highlanders on Saturday upset the Crusaders
25-20 in their Super Rugby encounter in Christchurch.
The Crusaders, fresh off a 52-10 mauling of the Sharks in
Durban last weekend, appeared in control of matters, leading 14-6 shortly
before the break.
However, a try from All Black fullback Ben Smith on the
stroke of half-time brought the visitors to within one point (14-13).
The Highlanders came out resurgent in the second half, with
barn-storming wing Waisake Naholo scoring a brace to put his side 25-14 up
after 51 minutes.
The Crusaders did their level best to fight back, sending on
All Black legends Dan Carter and Richie McCaw in the final quarter.
Two penalties from flyhalf Colin Slade brought the Crusaders
within striking range but the Highlanders held on for a famous win.
In next weekend’s action, the Crusaders host the Chiefs,
while the Highlanders entertain the Blues.
Tries: Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua
Conversions: Israel Dagg, Colin Slade
Penalties: Slade (2)
Tries: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo (2)
Conversions: Lima Sopoaga (2)
Penalties: Sopoaga (2)
15 Israel Dagg, 14 David Havili, 13 Keiron Fonotia, 12 Ryan
Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read
(captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Jimmy Tupou, 3 Owen
Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Nepo
Lualala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Richie McCaw, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Dan
Carter, 23 Nafi Tuitavake
15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12
Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu,
7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck,
2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds
Substitutes: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18
Pingi Tala’apitaga, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty
Banks, 23 Jason Emery