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    Rugby: Highlanders Spring shocked Crusaders for first defeat


    REUTERS: Otago Highlanders Billy Harmon, Michael Collins and Connor Backyard-Bacop have been handed the Canterbury Crusaders their first defeat of the Tremendous Rugby Atoria season on Friday because the guests claimed a shock 33-12 victory in Christchurch.

    Mitch Hunt impressed all through, hitting 18 factors because the Highlanders moved from the underside of the standings and completed third with their second win thus far this season.

    The Crusaders, who nonetheless lead the standings after 5 matches, have been dominated out of the match on the finish of per week and did not click on in 80 minutes.

    Two profitable penalties from Hunt gave the guests a 6–0 lead throughout the first 19 minutes, with Harmon scoring a attempt six minutes later. Pari Pari Parkinson was stopped simply wanting the attempt line, however Frakoff Fokkawa fired huge to drive the ball over Harmon.

    Hunt continued to attain with a conversion and Tony Brown’s aspect solely took a commanding lead for the Crusaders to return to the sport within the dying moments of the half.

    Finishing the primary 40 minutes of Hooter’s ringing, the Crusaders stored the ball alive till Cody Taylor took a 16-7 lead over the road to scale back the deficit on the break.

    Taylor’s attempt led to the Crusaders being eradicated, however the defensive work by the Highlanders stored the house aspect at bay, as the house aspect made a shocking begin to the second interval.

    The Highlanders gained some respiration house when Hunt added his fourth penalty and Collins made his attempt 22 minutes forward of time after giving Willago a miss-kick to Otago near the Crusaders line.

    David Haveli narrowly missed an 11-minute layup for the Crusaders, however Richie Mounga vanished the conversion, Canterbury’s hopes of a comeback have been damaged and a late attempt from Backyard-Bacop sealed the Highlanders’ victory .

    (Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong; Modifying by David Goodman)

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