Crusaders too good for Highlanders

The Crusaders scored eight tries as they recorded a convincing 50-33 victory over the Highlanders in a Super Rugby warm-up match in Darfield on Saturday.

Although a host of All Blacks players were not on duty, the Crusaders will be pleased with a performance that enabled new coach Scott Robertson to have a look at some of his player depth.

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After a scoreless opening quarter, the contest was effectively won during the second 20 minutes of action as the Saders scored four tries to go into the break leading 26-14.

The Crusaders continued to dominate possession during a high-scoring second half, and ultimately came away with a satisfactory pre-season result.

Crusaders – Tries: Manasa Mataele, George Bridge, Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall, Seta Tamanivalu, Tim Bateman, Sean Wainui, Pari Pari Parkinson. Conversions: Richie Mo'unga (3), Mitchell Hunt (2).
Highlanders – Tries: Kayne Hammington, Tom Franklin, Tei Walden, Matt Faddes, Adrian Smith. Conversions: Fletcher Smith (2), Marty Banks (2).
Photo: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

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Craig Lewis