Richard Ferguson

S15 Game 63 – Crusaders (18) vs Highlanders (26) F/T


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :In the news, Super Rugby on 23 Apr 2011 at 07:30
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We start our Saturday morning with a cracker match between two of the top teams in the Super Rugby tournament so far, which I am sure most people would not have thought ten weeks ago, well not at least the Highlanders.

The Crusaders have some injury concerns and coach Todd Blackadder has made a few other changes in an attempt to keep his players fresh, so we are seeing a new team taking to the field, with no Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Dan Carter or Sonny-Bill Williams. The team is led from the scrumhalf position by Andy Ellis in the absence of all the above names.

The Highlanders have their own concerns with Adam Thompson, their in form flanker who has scored four tries in the last few weeks, out for a few weeks through injury, but this should not influence the team too much as they continue their run of wins of late and will see the Crusaders as prime for the taking.

The Crusaders are a class team and it will be difficult for the Highlanders to beat them no matter how many injuries they have.

Team: 15. Israel Dagg, 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Adam Whitelock, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Matthew Berquist, 9. Andy Ellis (Captain), 8. Joe Wheeler, 7. Matt Todd, 6. George Whitelock, 5. Chris Jack, 4. Brad Thorn, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Quentin MacDonald, 1. Wyatt Crockett

Replacements: 16. Corey Flynn, 17. Ben Franks, 18. Luke Romano, 19. Jonathan Poff, 20. Kahn Fotuali`i, 21. Sonny Bill Williams, 22. Sean Maitland

Highlanders: 1 . Jamie Mackintosh (C) , 2 .Mo Schwalger , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Tom Donnelly , 5 . Josh Bekhuis , 6 . Jarrad Hoeata , 7 . John Hardie , 8 . Nasi Manu , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 .Tony Brown , 11. Siale Piutau , 12 . Ben Smith , 13 .Kendrick Lynn , 14 . James Paterson , 15 . Robbie Robinson

Reserves: 16. Jason Rutledge , 17. David Te Moana , 18. Nick Crosswell , 19. Tim Boys , 20. Sean Romans , 21. Matt Saunders , 22. Telusa Veainu



82 Comments

  • Crusaders should still be too strong, but I am expecting a good match.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.04.11 07:49:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I have the saders by 5

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.04.11 07:56:21 by franshark Reply
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  • The nz confrence points are high they have 3 teams in the top 6… It would be better for the overall cause if sader loose and even their scores a bid

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.04.11 07:59:27 by franshark Reply
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  • Hoping for a Highlanders win. :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.04.11 09:13:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • Morning All. I see Derick Alberts is in the SS studio today. Sigh

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.04.11 09:16:24 by Ben Reply
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  • Saders by 8!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.04.11 09:37:46 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • We have kickoff

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.04.11 09:38:11 by Ben Reply
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  • Saders of with 3 points.

    Saders 3
    Landers 0
    2 mins

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.04.11 09:40:22 by Ben Reply
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  • Highlanders hit back with 3 points.

    Saders 3
    Landers 3
    7 mins

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.04.11 09:45:34 by Ben Reply
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  • I need good scores/tries for my FL in today’s games. I’m falling behind the leader a bit :sad:

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.04.11 09:46:56 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Go Landers!!!

    Will my dream come true?

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.04.11 09:47:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 10) : At least you’re only just a bit behind :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.04.11 09:48:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Try Zac Guilford

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.04.11 09:52:19 by Ben Reply
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  • Try converted.

    Saders 10
    Landers 3
    16 mins

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.04.11 09:53:42 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : It’s getting close to 400 points, and no3 is right on my tail :oops:

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.04.11 09:55:49 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) : And I suspect that margin will get bigger and bigger. :(

    C’mon Landers.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.04.11 09:56:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 15) : Hehehe I’d be happy with 400. :wink:

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.04.11 09:57:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Try Highlanders. Siale Piutau

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.04.11 09:58:27 by Ben Reply
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  • Conversion missed.

    Saders 10
    Landers 8
    22 mins

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.04.11 09:59:46 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : 400 points per round aint bad, but I need more to get the no1 spot back :razz:

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.04.11 10:00:27 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : Maybe not, Highlanders are looking very competitive.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.04.11 10:00:51 by Ben Reply
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  • I though NZ teams don’t do drops. :roll: :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.04.11 10:01:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • DG from Matt Berquist.

    Saders 13
    Landers 8
    24 mins

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.04.11 10:02:06 by Ben Reply
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  • Andy Ellis injured and is off. Chris Jack has taken over the Captaincy

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.04.11 10:03:07 by Ben Reply
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  • C’mon!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.04.11 10:03:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Thorne off injured as well. Softie. :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.04.11 10:06:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 24) : That could help.

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.04.11 10:06:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 22) : Ah! The ‘drop’. I remember one. Zinzan Brooke :twisted:

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.04.11 10:07:18 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Great try! James Paterson

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.04.11 10:07:54 by Ben Reply
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  • C’mon you dirty Highlanders! :smile:

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.04.11 10:07:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 26) : I’m starting to enjoy this game. :wink:

    Berquist Next?

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.04.11 10:08:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Try converted!

    Saders 13
    Landers 15
    31 mins

    I like

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.04.11 10:09:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : :lol: :mrgreen:

    Maybe this time they’ll be cited for trying to derail the 2011 RWC plan. :wink:

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.04.11 10:09:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • wtf is with that band? :roll: :lol:

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.04.11 10:10:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : You are going to catch a Marlin with that bait. :wink:

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.04.11 10:10:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Maybe the Saders have to lose so NZ can have 3 teams in the play-offs :idea: :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.04.11 10:12:07 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 36) : Only three? They must be worried . . . :twisted:

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.04.11 10:13:23 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 37) : They can only have 4 with 1 SA and 1 Aus team filling the other spots :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.04.11 10:16:25 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Highlanders turning it on now! Crusaders who? :)

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.04.11 10:16:36 by Ben Reply
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  • HALF TIME

    Crusaders 13 – 15 Highlanders

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.04.11 10:18:25 by Ben Reply
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  • I think we’ll see a few subs early in the 2nd half. SBW, Maitland and Flynn.

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.04.11 10:23:11 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Todd Blackadder faced with an unusual situation right now. When last has he had to motivate his charges at halftime??!

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.04.11 10:26:02 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 41) : Think you might be right.

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.04.11 10:27:17 by Ben Reply
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  • Yes!!

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.04.11 10:29:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • Try to the Highanders. James Paterson.

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.04.11 10:29:48 by Ben Reply
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  • Great cross kick from Tony Brown!

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.04.11 10:30:28 by Ben Reply
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  • Conversion missed

    Saders 13
    Landers 20
    43 mins

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.04.11 10:31:32 by Ben Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 41) : yip. As I said when they announced this team. Come 60min the subs will pull it through if they are trailing at the time.

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.04.11 10:33:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Can’t see the dirty Highlanders hanging on for 80min. :|

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.04.11 10:36:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 49) : We can only hope that they will.

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.04.11 10:37:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Why are the Crusaders allowed to dive off their feet at ruck time to secure their own ball? :evil:

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.04.11 10:39:08 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : Because they are the one and only Crusaders.

  • Comment 52, posted at 23.04.11 10:40:03 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : Not unlike the bulls me thinks . . . :twisted:

  • Comment 53, posted at 23.04.11 10:41:27 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 53) : Difference is the Bulls get penalised. :smile:

  • Comment 54, posted at 23.04.11 10:42:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • Saders turn over a scrum on Landers 5m line. Should have been a line out

  • Comment 55, posted at 23.04.11 10:43:53 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : It’s preperation for the RWC. :razz:

  • Comment 56, posted at 23.04.11 10:44:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Landers escape with a penalty. SBW on

  • Comment 57, posted at 23.04.11 10:45:03 by Ben Reply
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  • Try Crusaders. Adam Whitelock

  • Comment 58, posted at 23.04.11 10:45:54 by Ben Reply
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  • Damn!

  • Comment 59, posted at 23.04.11 10:46:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • Converion missed.

    Saders 18
    Landers 20
    58 mins

  • Comment 60, posted at 23.04.11 10:47:48 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 54) : That depends on the referee. Morning Marius and Craig !! :twisted:

  • Comment 61, posted at 23.04.11 10:48:23 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Penalty from Tony Brown

    Saders 18
    Landers 23
    61 mins

  • Comment 62, posted at 23.04.11 10:50:17 by Ben Reply
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  • I think the band is putting the Crusaders off their game. :twisted:

  • Comment 63, posted at 23.04.11 10:50:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 61) : :)

  • Comment 64, posted at 23.04.11 10:51:07 by Ben Reply
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  • Some heartstopping moments coming up imo. :cool:

    Glad I’m just a ‘neutral’. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 65, posted at 23.04.11 10:53:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • Another 3 point to the Highlanders.

    Saders 18
    Landers 26
    64 mins

  • Comment 66, posted at 23.04.11 10:53:19 by Ben Reply
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  • Sean Maitland is on the field

  • Comment 67, posted at 23.04.11 10:54:08 by Ben Reply
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  • Come on Highlanders!!!

  • Comment 68, posted at 23.04.11 10:57:43 by Ben Reply
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  • About 5 mins left??

  • Comment 69, posted at 23.04.11 11:04:34 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • 6 mins left. Saders still trailing by 8

    Saders lineout 10m from Highlanders’ goal line

  • Comment 70, posted at 23.04.11 11:06:10 by Ben Reply
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  • Seems the Saders lost this one due to coach making to many changes at once :roll:

  • Comment 71, posted at 23.04.11 11:06:51 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Highlanders turn the ball over again. Great defense

  • Comment 72, posted at 23.04.11 11:07:48 by Ben Reply
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  • 3 mins left. Sader attacking from their own half

  • Comment 73, posted at 23.04.11 11:09:27 by Ben Reply
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  • Well done Highlanders! :cool:

  • Comment 74, posted at 23.04.11 11:11:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • Great result. Saders get 0. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 75, posted at 23.04.11 11:12:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • FULL TIME

    Crusaders 18 -26 Highlanders

  • Comment 76, posted at 23.04.11 11:12:27 by Ben Reply
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  • So the Crusaders are human! :)

  • Comment 77, posted at 23.04.11 11:13:33 by Ben Reply
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  • I give up!

  • Comment 78, posted at 23.04.11 11:13:33 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Nice win ,counter ruck was good .

  • Comment 79, posted at 23.04.11 11:15:25 by Talent Reply
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  • Well done Highlanders. The 13 teams not involved in this match thank you. :wink:

  • Comment 80, posted at 23.04.11 11:15:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Awesome!!!! Lets just hope that losing becomes a habbit.

  • Comment 81, posted at 23.04.11 11:16:14 by Viking Reply
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  • Where’s our local Highlander?

    Congrats with your team’s result today HH. :smile:

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