Carter stars for Crusaders
Dunedin - All Black flyhalf Daniel Carter responded to the challenge from young
pretenders Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett to guide the Crusaders to a 40-12
victory over the 14-man Highlanders in their Super Rugby match on Saturday.
They moved to 51 points and established a gap over the seventh-placed Waratahs
(44), who have played an extra match. The Cheetahs are in sixth on 46 points
but play later on Saturday.
Crusaders hooker Corey Flynn was also sin-binned for a head-high tackle,
almost immediately after Nonu was red carded.
Tries: Ben Smith, Hosea Gear
Conversions: Colin Slade
George Whitelock, Andy Ellis, Dan Carter, Telusa Veainu
Conversions: Carter (4)
Penalties: Carter (4).
15. Ben R Smith, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Tamati Ellison, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Colin Slade, 9. Fumiaki Tanaka, 8. Mose Tuiali`i, 7. Elliot Dixon, 6. Jarrad Hoeata, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Brad Thorn, 3. Ma'afu Fia, 2. Andrew Hore (captain), 1. Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. Jake Paringatai, 19. TJ Ioane, 20. Aaron Smith, 21. Lima Sopoaga, 22. Ma'a Nonu
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock (captain), 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody.
Substitutes: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Kieran Read, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Telusa Veainu