8 Mar 2009

Highlanders upset Crusaders in Super 14

7:23 am on 8 March 2009

The Highlanders have upset the Crusaders with a 6-0 win at Carisbrook in Super 14 rugby.

The Highlanders kicked two penalties to win the lowest scoring Super 14 game ever.

It's the second year in a row the Highlanders have upset the Crusaders, and the first time the champions have been held to nil in their history.

The win is the Highlanders' first this year.

In the other big game of the night the top of the table Sharks beat the Blues 35-31 before a crowd of 22,000 at Eden Park.

The Blues started the game with just six men on the bench after wing Paul Williams was injured in the warm-up.

With no fit spare backs in the squad the Blues management sent out a call to Auckland utility back Lachie Munro who was having a beer in the bar at the nearby Ellerslie race course.

Munro arrived twenty minutes into the game and ended up playing the last 10 minutes.

The Sharks' four tries to three win was their second in a row in New Zealand and coach John Plumtree says his side now has to accept they are the favourites in the competition.

In the afternoon game the Hurricanes beat the Cheetahs 29-12 in New Plymouth.