Pre season thrashing for the Highlanders

Around 7000 rugby fans turned out for a hot sunny day — but not so hot for the Highlanders | Jai Baxter

It was a sweltering 30-degree day last Friday, with a full house of about 7000 fans at the Wānaka showgrounds. Loyal locals came to support the Highlanders to victory, only to be stung with a thrashing defeat by the Crusaders. The Super Rugby champions led by just 12-7 at the break but took off like a Thrust SSC in the second half thanks to some smooth tries by Fetuli Paea, Braydon Ennor and Leicester Fainga'nuku.

Whilst there was a possibility of a comeback at half time when the score was 12-7, all hopes were vanquished with a crushing 41-7 defeat at the final whistle. 

The scores Crusaders:  Leicester Fainga’anuku 2, Will Jordan, Michael Alaalatoa, Tom Sanders, Brayden Ensor, Fainai Paea tries; Bryn Hall 2 con, Brett Cameron con

Highlanders:  Rob Thompson try, Mitch Hunt con.


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