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Red-hot Crusaders crush Highlanders

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Crusaders 51 Highlanders 18

Zac Guilford of the Crusaders breaks away to score his first of two tries.

Zac Guilford of the Crusaders breaks away to score his first of two tries. Photo: Getty Images

The Crusaders have racked up a half-century for their second Super Rugby match in a row, beating the Highlanders 51-18 to consolidate their place in the competition's top six.

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The seven-time champions, who downed the Blues 59-12 two weeks ago, showed no rust from having had a bye to run in seven tries to two in Christchurch on Friday night.

Wyatt Crockett of the Crusaders makes a break.

Wyatt Crockett of the Crusaders makes a break. Photo: Getty images

For the Highlanders, who got the better of their southern rivals in their earlier meeting this season, the result leaves them in mid-table.

A match that began with both sides showing huge intensity at the breakdown was broken open in the second quarter.

The Crusaders took full advantage of a yellow card shown to Highlanders flanker James Haskell for playing the ball on the ground near his line.

Turning point ... Steve Walsh sends James Haskell (unpictured) to the sin bin.

Turning point ... Steve Walsh sends James Haskell (unpictured) to the sin bin. Photo: Getty Images

With the England international off the field, they ran in three tries, two to winger Zac Guildford, to kick out to a 32-13 lead before halftime.

Haskell's sinbinning was the second of the half, with referee Steve Walsh showing yellow to Crusaders flanker George Whitelock after just 16 minutes for a similar offence.

While Whitelock, the match's opening tryscorer, was off, the Highlanders hit the front through centre Tamati Ellison, who brushed off two defenders to dot down.

From there, the Crusaders took over.

Guildford's first touchdown came from a Crusaders breakout while he nabbed his second when he latched on to five-eighth Dan Carter's deft kick ahead.

From the kick-off, centre Ryan Crotty finished off fellow midfielder Robbie Fruean's big break for the bonus-point try.

Skipper Richie McCaw put his side further ahead early in the second half when he completed another long-range attack.

By now, the Crusaders were dominant as they began throwing the ball around, and prop Wyatt Crockett was next to score.

At 44-13 down, the Highlanders got some respite with winger Hosea Gear snaring an intercept try, but the home side got the last word with replacement flanker Matt Todd being driven over from a lineout.

CRUSADERS 51 (Zac Guildford 2, Wyatt Crockett, Ryan Crotty, Richard McCaw, Matt Todd, George Whitelock tries Daniel Carter 5 cons 2 pens) bt HIGHLANDERS 18 (Tamati Ellison, Hosea Gear tries Chris Noakes con 2 pens) at Christchurch Stadium. Referee: Steve R. Walsh

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG -1vs FJI -1 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
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WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
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WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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