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Crusaders

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Highlanders

Super Rugby | Christchurch
07:35 (GMT) | 22-07-2017
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Full-time, not the greatest match to watch in the weather but none the less the Crusaders advance to the semi-finals. Thank you for joining us at Rugby365.com for this match be sure to join us later today as the Lions take on the Sharks and the Stormers take on the Chiefs.
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Highlanders lineout outside their 22. Dixon finds his jumper and the visitors attack wide through Ben Smith who makes a good run before losing the ball forward, scrum down, Crusaders put in on the halfway line.
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Crusaders on the attack as they have been for most of the game. Highlanders continue to defend as Romano, Barrett and Crockett all bash it up.
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Crusaders with ball in hand outside the Highlanders 22 as George Bridge has a run . Highlanders turn the ball over and attack wide through Buckman who is shut down quickly. Squire then drops the ball and its a Crusaders scrum put in.
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Crusaders on the attack inside the Highlanders 22 as Funnell, Read and Romano all have a go. Highlanders hanging on once again as they win the penalty. Banks kicks for touch.
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Mounga's penalty attempt is pulled to the left hand side of the uprights. 22 drop-out to the Highlanders.
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Cross kick from Mounga is taken brilliantly by Ben Smith. There was a penalty advantage to the Crusaders so we go back for the penalty about 30m out. The option is to go for goal as Mounga steps up to the kicking tee.
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Penalty to the Highlanders in their own 22. Banks kicks for touch to set up a lineout near the halfway line. Dixon finds his jumper and the Highlanders attack wide through Elliot Dixon. Crusaders force the turnover as they bash at the visitors defenses
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Highlanders win the penalty in a kick-able position. They opt to kick for touch to set up a lineout 10m from the try line. Dixon fails to find his jumper as Sam Whitelock wins the ball and Hall clears the ball up field.
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Highlanders wit no answer in attack as Aaron Smith hoists the up and under and Havili calls for the mark in his 22 then pumps the ball into touch. Just too easy for the home side.
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Highlanders with ball in hand on the halfway line before the Crusaders turn the ball over and Goodhue and Mounga link up out wide followed by Romano and Funnell bashing it up. Highlanders make the turnover this time as Naholo makes a run along his wing.
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Dagg relieves pressure with a kick up field. Banks returns the favor . Highlanders will need to start running the ball should they have any hope of winning this game
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Seiulu loses the ball forward. Scrum down, Crusaders put in. Frustration for the visitors.
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Highlanders steal the ball on a Crusaders throw. Halanukonuka has a run then Fekitoa then Dixon. Finally the Highlanders are stringing together some phases.
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Massive run along the touchline by Gareth Evans makes 20m. Next wave of attack sees Banks put in a kick that rolls into touch 5 meters from the Crusaders try line.
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Taylor finds his jumper in Whitelock before the Highlanders are penalized for going in the side of the ruck. Mounga kicks for touch to set up a lineout on the halfway line.
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Highlanders turn the ball over, Ben Smith hoofs the ball up field and Hall returns the favor. Banks then puts in a massive kick that rolls into touch inside the Crusaders 22.
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Banks clears the ball into touch. Lineout Crusaders just outside the Highlanders 22
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Hall feeds the scrum , Goodhue has a run then Cody Taylor drops the ball cold. Scrum down, Highlanders put in on their own goal line.
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Taufua, Read, Moody, Franks, Goodhue and Mounga all have a go. Mounga comes within inches of scoring as the referee judges the player is held up. A couple handbags are being thrown, part and parcel of a Quarterfinal match as tempers rage in a must win match.
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Crusaders continue to bash at the Highlanders try line as Read makes a good run then Mounga attempts to step through the defenders. Highlanders hanging on for dear life.
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Taylor finds his jumper and the maul is set by the Crusaders. Todd has a go then Taufua. Moody gets stuck in. Patient play from the Crusaders is the order of the day for the home side.
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Hack through from Havili gets a deflection off Squire and then rolls into touch. Crusaders lineout inside the Highlanders 22.
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Kick after kick doesnt make for the best viewing but due to the weather it unfortunately will be the most decisive aspect of the match.
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Mounga hoists the up and under taken well by Ben Smith. A game of aerial ping pong takes place before Dagg launches the ball into touch . Lineout Highlanders on the halfway line.
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Naholo finally gets some space and makes a decent run. Highlanders then lose the ball forward. Scrum down, Crusaders put in on the halfway line.
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Second half underway as Mounga kicks off

Half Time

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Mounga converts the try and thats it for the first half, see you all in a bit for the second half.
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Hall feeds the scrum, Read picks up and goes, Taylor, Franks and Whitelock all have a bash. Again its just too much for the Highlanders as Taylor picks , goes and crashes over for the try!
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Taylor finds his jumper in Read, a massive maul is set by the Crusaders which rumbles forward, Taufua crashes over and its simply sensational from the Crusaders but wait.... the TMO is in action , decision is made and it is judged that the ball was held up. Scrum to the Crusaders . A bit of a odd judgement it must be said. It seemed to be a certain try.
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Crusaders win the penalty , they opt to set up a 5 meter lineout, rejecting the option of having a shot at goal.
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Highlanders with no answers in attack so far . Naholo is forced to clear the ball into touch. Lineout to the Crusaders about 30m out . Taylor finds his jumper in Read and Crotty bashes it up midfield.
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Mounga converts the try
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Crusaders still hashing at the Highlanders try line as Tamanivalu has a go, then Franks, then Hemopo. There's just too many pick and goes for the Highlanders to defend which results in Read crashing over for the try!
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Penalty to the Crusaders at the scrum. The option is to set up a 5 meter lineout. Taylor finds his man and the Crusaders attack through Moody, Whitelock and Taufua . Good defense from the Highlanders .
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Couple kicks back and forth once again before Goodhue puts his head down and has a go. Read and Taufua crash it up before Hall hoists a up and under . Small knock on from the Crusaders gives the Highlanders the scrum put in outside their own 22.
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Mounga pulls his penalty attempt to the right hand side of the posts. 22 dropout to the Highlanders.
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Crusaders with ball in hand inside the Highlanders half as Taufua makes another decent run. Crusaders then win the penalty as Coltman is penalized for going off his feet. Mounga steps up and will have a shot at goal.
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Crusaders steal the ball on the Highlanders throw, Taufua makes a lovely run of 20m and gets rid of three Highlanders defenders with some great hand offs. Next wave of attack sees Read drop the ball cold . Scrum down, Highlanders put-in.
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Aaron Smith hoists the up and under taken by Dagg who does well. Mounga then returns the favor . Highlanders fail to claim the ball in the air as the Crusaders regain possession. A kick is put through from Hall , cleaned up by Ben Smith . Highlanders win the penalty as Tamanivalu is penalized for diving onto the Highlanders fullback on the ground. Sopoaga kicks for touch from the penalty.
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Highlanders on the attack before Fekitoa's kick is charged down forcing the visitors to retreat and attack from deep.
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Mounga misses the penalty attempt. 22 drop-out to the Highlanders.
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Couple kicks back and forth once again before Havili is taken out late and wins a penalty for the Crusaders. The option this time is to have a shot at goal from 35m out. A tough kick in the heavy rain.
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Great play from Coltman who forces the Read to hold onto the ball and win the penalty on his own goal line for the visitors. Sopoaga kicks for touch from the penalty .
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Taylor finds Barrett at the lineout as the maul is set but defended well by the Highlanders. Taufua has a go, then Mounga, then Barrett.
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Solid scrum from the Highlanders even with a man down. Ben Smith loses the ball and the Crusaders counter attack through Goodhue who does well. Crusaders just 5 meters from the try line before they win the penalty, reject the option of going for goal and instead set up a 5 meter lineout.
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Mounga loses the ball forward. Highlanders scrum put in inside their own half
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Hall feeds the scrum, Crotty has a run midfield then Todd crashes it up . Sam Whitelock loses the ball forward and Aaron Smith hacks the ball up field. Mounga pins his head down and has a go as both teams look to speed up play - perhaps questionable in the miserable conditions .
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Mounga hoists the up and under , in the terrible conditions there's a stuff up between Sopoaga and Ben Smith which results in a knock forward from the Highlanders. Scrum Crusaders on the Highlanders 22.
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Great work at the breakdown from Sam Whitelock who forces his brother Luke to hold onto the ball and wins a penalty for the Crusaders. Dagg kicks for touch to set up a lineout on the halfway line
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Highlanders on the attack on the Crusaders 22 as Ben Smith has a go but gets smashed by Taylor. Fekotoa, Tokolahi and Franklin all bash it up but are met with solid defense.
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Mounga raises the flags and the Crusaders are on the board
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TMO in action for potential foul play against Liam Squire. It is judged there is a swinging arm from the Highlanders flanker , judgement is made and Squire is shown a yellow card
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Taylor finds Scott Barrett at the lineout and the maul is set before Taufua, Taylor and Franks all have a run. Mounga attempts a cross kick that goes into touch but the Crusaders had the penalty advantage so we go back to a penalty in front of the posts. Mounga will have a shot at goal.
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Miserable weather for this encounter , it must be said. From the kick off Hall clears the ball into touch , Highlanders have a lineout throw inside the Crusaders half. Coltman finds his jumper in Franklin before there is a kicking battle between both sides. Havili puts through the decisive kick that rolls into touch inside the Crusaders 22. It is judged that Naholo got a touch on the ball so its a Crusaders throw.
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First half underway as Sopoaga kicks off for the Highlanders
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Almost time for kick-off , this should be a super match
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The Crusaders will again hunt for a 15th win for the season after falling short in the final regular season round; a win would equal the record for the most wins by any team in a single Super Rugby season (Reds, 2011 & Hurricanes, 2015), a record the Lions could also equal with a win against the Sharks.
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The Crusaders have won eight of their last 10 games against the Highlanders, including each of their last two on the bounce. This will be the first time these teams have met in the Finals since a 34-23 win for the Crusaders in the 2002 semi-finals; in fact, the Crusaders boast a 100 percent win rate from three Finals fixtures against the Highlanders overall.
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The BNZ Crusaders vs Highlanders do-or-die quarter final clash is scheduled to go ahead as normal at 7:35 tonight at AMI Stadium. Wild weather across the South Island had delayed the Highlanders' arrival in Christchurch, but they have now safely landed in the city. The Christchurch City Council is asking for motorists to take extra precautions around flooded areas and to take their time in getting to the game.
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It may be the fifth time this season that the two sides meet - a pre-season match, two league matches and a mid-season friendly - but there is so much on the line that the game will be a classic in the true sense.
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Welcome to this Super Rugby Quarterfinal clash between the Crusaders and the Highlanders
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Joe Moody
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Owen Franks
  • 4 Scott Barrett
  • 5 Sam Whitelock
  • 6 Jordan Taufua
  • 7 Matt Todd
  • 8 Kieran Read
  • 9 Bryn Hall
  • 10 Richie Mo’unga
  • 11 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 12 Ryan Crotty
  • 13 Jack Goodhue
  • 14 Israel Dagg
  • 15 David Havili
RESERVES
  • 16 Ben Funnell
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 19 Luke Romano
  • 20 Pete Samu
  • 21 Mitchell Drummond
  • 22 Mitchell Hunt
  • 23 George Bridge
START LINE UP
  • 1 Daniel Leinert-Brown
  • 2 Liam Coltman
  • 3 Siate Tokolahi
  • 4 Jackson Hemopo
  • 5 Tom Franklin
  • 6 Liam Squire
  • 7 James Lentjes
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Lima Sopoaga
  • 11 Richard Buckman
  • 12 Rob Thompson
  • 13 Malakai Fekitoa
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 Ben Smith
RESERVES
  • 16 Ash Dixon
  • 17 Aki Seiulu
  • 18 Siosula Halanukonuka
  • 19 Alex Ainley
  • 20 Gareth Evans
  • 21 Elliot Dixon
  • 22 Kayne Hammington
  • 23 Marty Banks
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Preview: Crusaders v Highlanders

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:37

SUPER RUGBY QUARTERFINAL: Just another South Island derby? Certainly not! This will be exciting, fast-paced and brutal.

It may be the fifth time this season that the two sides meet - a pre-season match, two league matches and a mid-season friendly - but there is so much on the line that the game will be a classic in the true sense.

Crusaders assistant coach Leon MacDonald said that having played each other so often, there are no secrets.

"We know the players, we know their traits," MacDonald told the Otago Daily Times.

We know about getting ready for the battle, what to expect.

"I'm not sure knowing them helps; we know it is going to be tough.

"We just have to prepare accordingly. The small things matter - the scrum, the line-out accuracy matters, the backline defence and attack matters. It is about getting it right."

The Crusaders win their pre-season encounter, as well as their two league meetings.

The Highlanders won their mid-season friendly - the last encounter, earlier this month.

Despite having won both their league matches, the Crusaders are cautious of the threats posed by a very dangerous Highlanders team.

"It is a knockout game so it is important to us,"MacDonald told the ODT, adding: "It is just about delivering now.

Highlanders assistant coach Scott McLeod said they would be looking to the "calming influence" of old hands like Ben Smith and Luke Whitelock, as they look to get one over their South Island rivals.

"They make really clear, good composing decisions and the guys look towards them,'' McLeod said.

With rain forecast for Christchurch later in the week, it is most likely the match will be settled by the forwards.

McLeod has plenty of confidence in the Highlanders' front eight.

''We have to be better, respect our ball a little bit more," he said.

"They are good on grabbing the ball and turn over the ball quite quickly.

"With our set piece, we have a couple of tricks up our sleeves and we'll see how they go.

''We were really happy with our urgency last week.''

Recent results:
2017: Crusaders won 25-22, Christchurch
2017: Crusaders won 30-27, Dunedin
2016: Highlanders won 34-26, Dunedin
2015: Highlanders won 25-20, Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 26-20, Dunedin

Prediction: The Crusaders have won eight of their last 10 games against the Highlanders, including each of their last two on the bounce. This will be the first time these teams have met in the Finals since a 34-23 win for the Crusaders in the 2002 semi-finals; in fact, the Crusaders boast a 100 percent win rate from three Finals fixtures against the Highlanders overall. The Crusaders will again hunt for a 15th win for the season after falling short in the final regular season round; a win would equal the record for the most wins by any team in a single Super Rugby season (Reds, 2011 & Hurricanes, 2015), a record the Lions could also equal with a win against the Sharks. The Crusaders (92 percent) boast the best line-out success rate of any team so far this season, and are the only team in the campaign to lose fewer than one line-out per game on average. Waisake Naholo has scored eight tries in his last four games against the Crusaders, bagging a brace in each of those fixtures. The Highlanders is one of those teams that you always treat with respect. They have too much class and the uncanny ability to be at their mist unpleasant best against the Crusaders. It is with much self-doubt that we predict a Crusaders win - by eight points or less.

Determining Winners if teams are tied at full-time:
a) Extra Time - the procedure will be:
i) After a five minute rest period, the extra time is played in two 10 minute periods with a two minute half-time;
ii) Before the extra time begins, the match Referee will do a coin toss with the two captains one minute before the new kick-off. The winner of the coin toss decides if his team wants to kick-off or if his team wants to choose the side of the pitch it wants to play on for the first 10 minute period;
iii) For the second 10 minute period, the teams change sides and the team that did not kick off in the first period does so;
iv) Coaches are not permitted on the field during the rest period or half-time.
v) Teams and match officials must remain on the field during the rest period and at half-time.
vi) Injury time is added to the two 10 minute periods.
b) Sudden Death - if the match is still tied at the end of extra time, the procedure will be:
i) An up to 10 minute sudden death period is played after another five minute rest period;
ii) The first team to score (by a penalty, drop-goal or try) will be the winner;
iii) As for extra time, one minute before sudden death begins, the match Referee will do a coin toss to choose which team kicks-off and on which side of the pitch they will play.
iv) Teams and match officials must remain on the field during the rest period.
v) Injury time is added to this period of play.
c) Kicking Competition  - if the match is still tied at the end of sudden death, the referee will conduct a place kicking competition to determine the winner of the match, according to the following procedures:
i) All Players and Match officials will remain on the Playing Area. The referee will call the captains of the two teams together and will conduct a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss then may either choose which Team kicks first (in which case the loser chooses the end at which all place kicks will be taken) or choose the end at which all place kicks will be taken (in which case the loser chooses which team kicks first).

Each team must nominate five players to take part in the competition. Only players on the playing area at the final whistle of extra time may be nominated. No substituted players, injury-replaced players or players who have been shown a red card may take part at any time. For clarification purposes, any player who has received a yellow card and who remains in the sin bin at the time of the final whistle of extra time may not take part in the place kick competition (including during ‘sudden death’). The order in which the nominated players will kick does not have to be pre-determined. The match officials and the 10 nominated players (five from each team) will assemble on the half-way line. Team management and players not nominated must remain behind the half-way line in the side of the playing area not used. No one other than the match officials, the match manager, two ball persons and the participating players are allowed in the part of the playing area being used for the competition (including around the playing area, behind the posts, etc).The five players from each team will place kick from three different points, all on the 22 metre line, as follows:
* First point: directly in front of the posts
* Second point: on the 15 metre line on the left hand side facing the posts
* Third point: on the 15 metre line on the right hand side facing the posts. The referee will start the competition by calling the first player selected from the team kicking first to the first kicking point. Once the player has taken the place kick, the referee calls a player from the opposing team to take his place kick from the same point. The next two players (one from each team) will place kick from the second point in turn. This will continue until all five players from each team have place kicked (the next players place kicking respectively from the third point, the first point and finally the second point), or until one team is unable to equal the score of the other team within the remaining number of kicks (at which time the referee will declare the winner).If there are an equal number of successful kicks once each team has completed its five place kicks, the competition continues on a 'sudden death' basis, following the same order of kickers used in the first five kicks. The competition will continue two kickers at a time (one from each team), going progressively through the three kicking points as stated above (and repeating the process if necessary) until one player succeeds with a place kick and the player from the other team taking the same place kick misses it. Once this occurs, the team of the player who succeeded with the place kick will be declared the winner. Each of these additional kicks shall be taken by the same five players in rotation. Throughout the place kicking competition:
* Once a player has positioned the ball on the kicking tee, he must take the kick within one minute.  Should he take longer, the referee shall declare the kick unsuccessful.  
* After each kick, the referee records the number of the player and whether or not the attempt was successful. The sideline manager/substitution recorder will record the same details on the official match report.
* Whether or not the kick is successful in each case is the sole decision of the referee, who may at his sole discretion rely on the assistance of his assistant referees. The referee’s decision shall be final and binding.
* Once a player has completed their place kick, they shall return to stand with their team behind the half-way line in the side of the playing area not used.

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Richard Buckman, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Elliot Dixon, 22 Kayne Hammington, 23 Marty Banks.

Date: Saturday, July 22
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Expected weather: Rain, easing towards the evening. High of 11°C and a low of 2°C
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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Crusaders singing in the rain

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:00

SUPER RUGBY MATCH REPORT: The Crusaders marched into the semifinals with an emphatic 17-0 win over the Highlanders in a very wet Christchurch on Saturday.

he result keeps alive the Crusaders' dream of adding to their record seven Super Rugby titles, their most recent success coming in 2008.

After topping the New Zealand conference with just one defeat in the regular season, they will meet either the Stormers or Chiefs in Christchurch next week.

As a result of the atrocious weather - which affected both teams during the match - the Highlanders only arrived in Christchurch a few hours before the match - after flooding and wild weather delayed their flight from Dunedin.

In fact there were fears the Highlanders might not arrive in time for the scheduled kick-off, but they made it.

However, they were not able to cope with the conditions.

It is the third time this season they have lost to the Crusaders in Super Rugby. Add in a pre-season loss to the same opposition and it is clear the Highlanders have no answer the Crusaders' efficiency.

The Crusaders scored two tries yo nil in the in the driving rain, making the most of the heavy weather as their South Island rivals' game plan dissolved in the wet.

Crusaders had more than 70 percent of the ball in the first half, forcing the Highlanders into conceding a number of penalties under pressure inside their own half.

And the home team was also far more astute with their tactics and ruthless in their execution, making ground by taking the ball through multiple phases or kicking very well.

In contrast the Highlanders attempted to run the ball and kicked poorly. Their execution and discipline also let them down.

"It wouldn't have been the prettiest to watch, but both sides just got out there and got on with it," Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock said.

"The weather was great for us, we really embraced it and knew if we were clean on the penalty count we'd give ourselves a great opportunity."

The Crusaders went into the match heavy favourites, with a starting line-up boasting 11 All Blacks, including the national team's front row.

The Highlanders' star-studded back line proved ineffective in the atrocious conditions as the Crusaders maintained their composure.

It was also the first time this year the Highlanders have been held scoreless.

A slippery ball meant both sides committed handling errors but the Highlanders also struggled with poor discipline, conceding a rash of early penalties.

They suffered a major blow in the first five minutes when flank Liam Squire was sin-binned for a high tackle on Richie Mo'unga.

The Crusaders' pack dominated with a one-man advantage and almost set up two tries, only for the attacks to fail through knock-ons.

The Highlanders defended desperately when the home team launched a driving maul, stopping the Crusaders from crossing the line while Squire was in the bin.

A Mo'unga penalty was all that separated the teams after the first 20 minutes, with the Crusaders on top at the set piece but unable to breach the tryline.

The breakthrough came through sheer graft as the Crusaders worked the ball through 15 phases before Joe Moody bulldozed through a tangle of defenders for the opening try.

The pressure exerted by the Crusaders' scrum paid off just before the break when they Codie Taylor scored a pushover try to make it 17-0 at half-time.

The Crusaders had the best chances in a scoreless second half, coming close to the tryline twice only to be denied by mistakes and solid defence.

Man of the match: Not many Highlanders to consider - not because they didn't try, they were just not good enough. Tactically the Crusaders halfback combination - flyhalf Richie Mo'unga and scrumhalf Bryn Hall - were far superior to their Highlanders counterparts. The Crusaders pack as a united also outplayed their rivals. Our award goes to Crusaders No.8 Kieran Read, who showed his class by playing a much tighter game than we have become accustomed to and doing it with aplomb.

The scorers:

For the Crusaders:
Tries:
 Read, Taylor
Cons: Mo'unga 2
Pen: Mo'unga

For the Highlanders:
None

Yellow card: Liam Squire (Highlanders, 5 - foul play, high tackle)

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Richard Buckman, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Elliot Dixon, 22 Kayne Hammington, 23 Marty Banks.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Kieran Read (31min) and Codie Taylor (39min)
TRIES
Richie Mo’unga (33min) and Richie Mo’unga (40min)
CONVERSIONS
Richie Mo’unga (5min)
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Liam Squire (4min)
 
 
VENUE Christchurch
REFEREE Angus Gardner (Australia)