Crusaders down Highlanders
Cape Town - The Crusaders defeated the Highlanders in a Super Rugby warm-up match in Motueka, New Zealand on Friday.
The Crusaders won 28-15, after leading 21-3 at the break.
Seven-times champions, the Crusaders, start their season-proper at home to the Chiefs on February 21, while the Highlanders start at home to the Blues on February 22.
Tries: Israel Dagg, Andy Ellis, Nafi Tuitavake, Kieron Fonotia
Conversions: Tyler Bleyendaal (3), Colin Slade
Tries: Ged Robinson, Malakai Fekitoa
Conversion: Willie Ripia
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Rob Thompson, 13 Reynold Lee-Lo, 12 Ryan Crotty (c), 11 Nafi Tuitavake, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Jed Brown, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3, Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Tim Perry.
Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Joel Everson, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Kieron Fonotia, Samuel Whitelock, Tom Taylor, Adam Whitelock, Zac Guildford, Mitchell Drummond, Corey Flynn, Daniel Lienert Brown.
15 Kurt Baker, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Malakai Fekitoa, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Frae Wilson, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 John Hardie, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Braydon Mitchell, 1 Chris King.
Substitutes: Not available