Super Rugby NZ result: Highlanders 20-40 Crusaders – recap + highlights

The Crusaders are favourites to run out winners in the “Battle of the South” against the Highlanders. Follow it live here.

Video highlights for this Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Highlanders and Crusaders appear at the bottom of the live blog recap.

Full time, Crusaders beat Highlanders!

Richly deserved for the men from Christchurch, who win a tough Southern Derby with room to spare in the end.


Desperation for the hosts as Jordan chips, gathers and races away to add the gloss with his second try of the night at the death.


That’ll do the trick, as Christie barges in for his second of the game to kill off the Highlanders.

Relentless. The killer three?

No, Mo’unga misses it!

That penalty would have all but sealed it for the Crusaders but he clipped it an inch wide to the left. Into the last ten

Still one score in it, but it’d be something of a smash-and-grab raid if the Highlanders were to pinch it from here.

They’re coming again

Line-out inside Highlanders territory.

Big moments for the home side.


Substitute Sevu Reece doesn’t require a second invitation to dash into the corner, as the visitors power back into some sort of control.

Pass it, man!

The try line beckons with two men in hand to the right of Jona Nareki who holds on, holds on… and is flattened by Mo’unga.

Back for the penalty and three points but it’s scant reward.


Tom Christie finishes off after David Havili blazes a trail through the Highlanders defence.

Richly deserved and something of a let-off for the hosts, who were looking at a penalty try and yellow card if they hadn’t conceded there.

Crusaders on the front foot

The hosts are under siege at the start of the second period.

Off we go again

Highlanders boasting the upper hand as we kick off the second half.

Half time in Dunedin

And it’s all to play for as they head to the sheds. Hunt responds

A penalty right out in front to put his side back in front. … and another

Mo’unga isn’t missing that, bringing the scores level in Dunedin.

Mo’unga adds another

Breakdown strife for the home side to set up a penalty, closing the gap to three points. Mo’unga adds another

Breakdown strife for the home side to set up a penalty, closing the gap to three points.


Ngane Punivai goes in by the corner flag after Aaron Smith nips in to snaffle an overthrown line-out and blast up the middle.

Instinctive stuff from the home side to put themselves in front for the first time.

Oh so nearly

The kick bobbles through into the corner of the in-goal area and just – only just – beats the onrushing Codie Taylor.

All the Highlanders’ hard work almost undone in an instant.


Shannon Frizell bustles through and just about gets it down cleanly in the melee, after a check with the TMO.

Over goes the conversion and there’s one point in it.

Stretcher needed

Things get a little tougher for the Highlanders, as Josh Dickson is carted off with what seems to be a lower leg injury.

No massive anguish on his face, but he ain’t walking anywhere any time soon.


It was coming – and it’s Bright Young Thing Will Jordan who polishes off in the right corner, just keeping his legs infield on the dive.


A power scrum from the reigning champions sets them up for a line-out in the corner… which they fling straight over the top to stuff up a golden opportunity.

Crusaders on the board

Scant reward really after a swarming assault on the Highlanders line is brought to a halt by a Mitch Hunt offside.

Richie Mo’unga with the penalty kick. A couple of early scrums

Defensive ones as far as the ‘Saders are concerned but they make ground on both occasions to keep the hosts at bay. Off we go

The home side get us underway at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Here come the teams

It’s nearly Southern Derby time in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Hi everyone

Welcome along to our live coverage of a razzle dazzle Super Rugby Aotearoa clash between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.

Kick off 9.05 SAST.

Super Rugby video highlights: Highlanders vs Crusaders

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