Crusaders thrash Highlanders

2012-06-01 11:16

Cape Town - The Crusaders have sent an ominous warning to the rest of the Vodacom Super Rugby teams that they have their sights firmly set on an eighth title after thrashing the Highlanders in Christchurch on Friday.

The Crusaders won 51-18 after leading 32-13 at half-time.

The Crusaders scored seven tries through flank George Whitelock, wing Zac Guildford (2), centre Ryan Crotty, flank Richie McCaw, prop Wyatt Crockett and replacement Matt Todd. Flyhalf Dan Carter was on target with five conversions and two penalties.

The Highlanders replied with tries by centre Tamati Ellison and wing Hosea Gear. Flyhalf Chris Noakes added a conversion and two penalties.

The Crusaders picked up a full-house of five points for their victory, but stayed second in the New Zealand Conference. They did however move up to fourth in the Combined log.

The Highlanders left empty-handed and remained third and seventh in the New Zealand Conference and Overall standings, respectively.

Super Rugby breaks for three weeks due to the International Test window, before recommencing on June 29 when the Highlanders host the Chiefs in Dunedin. The Crusaders entertain the Hurricanes the following day.



15. Israel Dagg, 14. Adam Whitelock, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Andy Ellis, 8. Kieran Read, 7. Richie McCaw (captain), 6. George Whitelock, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Ben Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Owen Franks, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. Matt Todd, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tom Taylor, 22. Tom Marshall

15 Ben Smith, 14 Kurt Baker, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 James Haskell, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Mike Delany, 22 Kade Poki


  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-06-01 11:30

    Fear the mighty saders..title no 8 on the way

  • Rich - 2012-06-01 11:37

    Great win coming off a bye and a game played with very little kicking. The Crusaders can carve any side up and have the ability to make space and score tries from anywhere. Quentin MacDonald really stepped up today.

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-06-01 12:28

      GOOD COMMENT MATE!!! This is how rugby should be played. You cannot put points on the board without the ball. That is unfortunately SA rugby, kick good ball possesion away. Take note HM.

  • Tony - 2012-06-01 11:53

    Thats how rugby should be played Mr Meyer. Take note all players have skill not just the backs.

      Dean - 2012-06-01 17:52

      Ysters,yster!! We are Tony. As malema said put this one in archive so u can draw it when happens. All Black will be the 1 team to win/retain back to back World Cup titles. Check out the young blood already coming though/playing. The only place where's a challenge fullback, scrum half and in locks all other position have two or more guys that can replace anyone. So our challenge is ourselves we know consistently won everything in all divisions of rugby the passed 10 years (ja bokkies julle het ietsi ge wen) even more so the passed 4 years. So I want the guys to keep the momentum and focus from know on only on the BIG 1. Or just bash them all the way there to 2014. Yster!! All Black FL.

      Jco - 2012-06-02 08:29

      Hi Tony, why pointing to Mr Meyer? His team the Boks did not played yet! If you refer to the past, he won 4 Currie Cups and the Super Rugby! Why Mr Meyer must take note is a silly comment! THE BOKS DID NOT PLAYED YET AND HIS PAST IS A GOOD RECORD WITH TROPHIES!

  • Advocatus.Diabolis - 2012-06-01 12:02

    Carter regaining his form and reclaiming his postion... smiles all round!!!

  • mabandla.dlamini.3 - 2012-06-01 12:15

    So a guy points out that the final score was 51 - 18 and not 51 - 13 as was previously listed in the original posting of this article, and delete his comment. That smacks of an immaturity that sport24 should be ashamed of. Just admit the mistake, and thank the guy for letting you know. Take it like a man.

      Igenatius - 2012-06-01 12:39

      It was clearly offensive! haha I find it astounding how many of my comments get deleted from News24.

      mabandla.dlamini.3 - 2012-06-01 13:17

      It always amazes me how some of the most inflammatory statements are allowed to slip through the net, yet reasonable comments are deleted. Which brings, in my mind, the integrity of the moderators in to question. What is their role, and how do they decide what stays and what goes. It all seems a little too arbitrary to me. Your comment could not have been deemed offensive by even the most prudish of conservatives yet, in an attempt to hide a mistake (we all make them), they chose to delete it, and change the score in the article, all the while pretending nothing had happened. Hypocrisy and childishness.

      Sean - 2012-06-01 13:59

      I made a comment about whether the Chiefs could hold on to the top spot, or of the Crusaders would beat them. This was also deleted! Not too sure what to read into this???

  • danny.lakey - 2012-06-01 12:41

    Best no10 in world rugby Dan Carter!The closest we have to him in SA is no one else than Johan Goosen!

  • Nzbro - 2012-06-02 11:49

    oh the poetry of a crusader in motion....

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