The Highlanders played with plently of courage to beat the Crusaders infront of a sell-out crowd at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin tonight.  Leading at the brake by 20 points to 10, the Highlanders allowed the Crusaders back into the game straight after the break through an Andrew Ellis try. However the men from the South swung the momentum back when Hosea Gear crossed in 70th minute to give the Highlanders the winning score.

Final Score Highlanders 27 (20) Crusaders 24 (10)

Scorers

Highlanders
Tries - A Hore, P Burleigh, H Gear
Pen -L Sopoaga 2
Con - L Sopoaga 3

Crusaders
Tries - I Dagg, A Ellis
Pen - T Bleyendaal 4
Con - T Bleyendaal

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 2: Kane McBride
TMO : Keith Brown

Teams
Highlanders
1 Jamie Mackintosh, (C) 2 Andrew Hore, 3 Chris King, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 5 Nick Crosswell ,6 Adam Thomson, 7 John Hardie, 8 Nasi Manu ,9 Aaron Smith, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 11 Hosea Gear, 12 Phil Burleigh, 13 Tamati Ellison, 14 Buxton Popoali’i, 15 Ben Smith
Reserves: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Culum Retallick, 19 James Haskell, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Telusa Veainu

Crusaders
1. Wyatt Crockett,2. Quentin MacDonald,3. Ben Franks,4. Tom Donnelly,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. George Whitelock,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (capt),9. Andy Ellis (vice capt),10. Tyler Bleyendaal,11. Israel Dagg,12. Adam Whitelock,13. Robbie Fruean,14. Sean Maitland,15. Tom Marshall
Reserves:Replacements : 16. Corey Flynn,17. Owen Franks,18. Luke Romano,19. Luke Whitelock,20. Willie Heinz,21. Patrick Osborne,22. Zac Guildford

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