Big game in prospect: Dixon

Ash Dixon
Ash Dixon
Ash Dixon admits he is not as young as he once was.

But he can still get excited.

Dixon will play his 48th game for the Highlanders when he comes off the bench tonight in the match against the Crusaders.

The hooker and co-captain said it had all the ingredients for a big game.

"We're playing the Crusaders under the roof on St Patrick's Day and with a big crowd coming along, so it is pretty big," he said.

Dixon (29) said the game was a big deal but players still had to remain composed.

He said keeping emotions in check was key when playing in front of a big crowd.

The game would most likely come down to a few key moments and Dixon said the Highlanders needed to win those.

The Crusaders had three wins over the Highlanders last year - two of them in the dying minutes of the game.

Dixon, though, feels that was last year and its relevance tonight was small, if anything.

"I'm a guy that likes to look forward, see what is coming up."

Dixon returns to the field after he missed last week's win over the Stormers with a back injury. He joked it was caused by trying to mix it with the young blokes in the team in a series of squats.

"I was trying to get in the inside lane, trying to show these young fellas how it was done. Yeah, it didn't quite work."

The Highlanders are expecting a bumper crowd tonight at Forsyth Barr Stadium. As of 5pm yesterday, just over 20,000 tickets had been sold to the game. There were still some available. The game kicks off at 7.35pm.

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