Super Rugby 2019: Relentless Crusaders crush Highlanders in Christchurch

The Crusaders have stormed home with a relentless second half to thrash the Highlanders 43 -17 in Christchurch.

On his 150th cap, it was fullback Ben Smith who opened the scoring for the match after some great work from first five Josh Ioane sets the All Black stalwart up for the first try.

Seven minutes later the men from the Deep South turned down a chance to kick to the corner - instead opting to take the three points and a 10 - 0 lead.

The 10-point lasted 16 minutes as David Havili set up a vintage Crusaders counter-attacking try - giving the pass to winger Brayden Ennor for his try.

The first half ended with the Highlanders leading 10-7.

But like last week, with their backs against the wall coming into the second half it was the Crusaders who found another gear.

The back-to-back defending champions ran in five tries in the second 40 to win by 26 points.

Fullback David Havili got the red and blacks off to the perfect start with a try in the 42nd minute.

10 minutes later, after dominating on the Highlanders line the Crusaders were awarded a penalty try - taking their lead out to 14.

The Highlanders weren't able to capitalise on their 10 penalties in the second half - scoring just one try after the break, through first-five Josh Ioane.

But tries to Sevu Reece and Mitch Drummond took the Crusaders lead out to an unassailable 36-10 lead with just 10 minutes to go.

Tasman fullback Will Jordan got the last laugh in the southern derby with his eighth try fo the campaign, topping off a 43-17 victory for the Crusaders.


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