The Highlanders lost to the Crusaders tonight in Christchurch 51-18 after making a promising start.  Tamati Ellison crossed for the Highlanders midway through the first half to give the visitors a 13-10 lead, however the Crusaders struck back in quick session before halftime to take a 19 point lead into the break.

Final Score Crusaders 51 (32) Highlanders 18 (13).

Scorers

Crusaders
Tries - G. Whitelock, Z Guildford 2, D. Carter, R McCaw, W Crockett, M. Todd
Pen - D. Carter 2
Con - D. Carter 5
Cards - G Whitelock (Yellow)

Highlanders
Tries - T Ellison, H.Gear
Pen - C. Noakes 2
Con - C Noakes
Cards - J Haskell (Yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Vinny Munro

Teams

Crusaders
1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Ben Franks 4. Luke Romano 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. George Whitelock 7. Richie McCaw (c) 8. Kieran Read 9. Andy Ellis 10. Dan Carter (vc) 11. Zac Guildford 12. Ryan Crotty 13. Robbie Fruean 14. Adam Whitelock15. Israel Dagg
Reserves :16. Quentin MacDonald,17. Owen Franks,18. Tom Donnelly,19. Matt Todd,20. Willi Heinz,21. Tom Taylor,22. Tom Marshall

Highlanders
1 Jamie Mackintosh (c) 2 Andrew Hore 3 Chris King 4 Jarrad Hoeata 5 Josh Bekhuis 6 Adam Thomson 7 James Haskell 8 Nasi Manu 9 Aaron Smith 10 Chris Noakes 11 Hosea Gear 12 Phil Burleigh 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Kurt Baker 15 Ben Smith
Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge 17 Bronson Murray 18 Nick Crosswell 19 Tim Boys 20 Jimmy Cowan 21 Mike Delany 22 Kade Poki

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