Strong start for Crusaders

Crusaders hooker Cody Taylor celebrates an early try against the Highlanders. PHOTO: GREGOR...
Crusaders hooker Cody Taylor celebrates an early try against the Highlanders. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
The Crusaders have made an emphatic start to the Super Rugby Aotearoa season, with a 26-13 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin tonight.

It wasn't a vintage performance from the defending champions, rather more of a "job done" type win.

They looked a little disjointed at times, particularly in the second half.

But they executed better at crucial moments, scoring four well executed tries, controlling the game well with a lead and defending resolutely as the Highlanders had plenty of attacking possession.

The Hurricanes take on the Blues in Wellington tomorrow night. The Chiefs have an opening round bye before they host the Highlanders at home on March 5.

Students kept things lively in the Zoo at Forsyth Barr Stadium. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Students kept things lively in the Zoo at Forsyth Barr Stadium. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON

Scores:

Highlanders: 13

Shannon Frizell try,  Connor Garden-Bachop try,  Mitch Hunt pen.

Crusaders: 26

Codie Taylor try, Bryn Hall try, Sevu Reece try, Brodie McAlister try, Richie Mo'unga 3 con.

Half time: 14-10 Crusaders 

• Read full match report, comments in tomorrow's Otago Daily Times

- NZ Herald 

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