Highlanders stun Crusaders

    2015-04-11 11:25

    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

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