Our referee is Mike Fraser, He will be assisted by Brendon Pickerill and Paul Williams. The TMO is Chris Hart.
Team Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 Leicester Faingaanuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor (c), 1 Joe Moody. Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Ereatara Enari, 22 Fetuli Paea, 23 Sevu Reece.
Team Highlanders: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Ngatungane Punivai, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Patelesio Tomkinson, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith (cc), 8 Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Josh Dickson, 4 Paripari Parkinson, 3 Jeff Thwaites, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon(cc), 17 Ayden Johnstone, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Teariki Ben-Nicholas, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Vilimoni Koroi.
The Crusaders are second on the Super Rugby Aotearoa table having played one game less than the table topping Blues. The Highlanders are four points adrift in third position.
Welcome to Forsyth Barr Stadium for our live coverage of this Super Rugby Aotearoa clash between the Highlanders and the Crusaders.
Kick-off! We are underway here in Dunedin.
A good start for the Highlanders as Dickson carries it forward until a spill in the tackle hands the Crusaders the ball.
We have had a few early handling errors, but we expect an improvement in that area.
The Crusaders secure the first penalty at the breakdown and they feed a line-out near the Highlanders 22.
After securing the set-piece the ball is ripped out of the hands of Havilli after a skip-pass by Jordan.
Mo'unga finds another good touch, following a penalty for the Crusaders. They secure their line-out and go wide. They secure yet another penalty at the breakdown and now will have a shot at goal.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 0-3: Richie Mo'unga opens the scoring with a good kick.
Dunshea sets off on a good run after a box-kick from Drummond that is regained. We have a scrum and the Crusaders secure a scrum-penalty after a massive shove! Mo'unga finds touch, but they mess up the set-piece.
TRY, CRUSADERS, JORDAN! 0-8: Taylor sets off on a long run and Dunshea is then stopped short of the line. The Crusaders recycle the ball and appears to go over to score! The TMO has a look and confirms that Jordan touched it down and stayed inside the field of play.
The conversion is missed, as Josh Dickson leaves the field on a stretcher and has been replaced by Jack Whetton. We have a short stoppage and this is a big blow to the Highlanders.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FRIZELL! 5-8: The ball goes forward after a knock off a Crusaders hand and the Highlanders feed a scrum. The Highlanders secure a free-kick and after a quick tap Nareki is stopped short. The ball is recycled and Shannon Frizell then forces his way over with the help of some friends. The TMO says all OK!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, HUNT! 7-8: Mitch Hunt slots the conversion.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, PUNIVAI! 12-8: The Crusaders are penalised at the breakdown and Mitch Hunt finds a good touch for the Highlanders. They secure their line-out and after an initial mess-up they come away with it and go wide for Punivai to SCORE!
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, HUNT! 14-8: Mitch Hunt slots the conversion.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 14-11: The Crusaders gain good ground and make their way into the Highlanders 22. They then secure a penalty at the breakdown and Richie Mo'unga makes no mistake with his kick.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 14-14: Another penalty for the visitors and they are just trying to add the points at this stage. Mo'unga levels the score.
Punavai is off for a HIA and the Highlanders make their way into the Crusaders half.
HALF-TIME: HIGHLANDERS 17-14 CRUSADERS. What a pulsating half this has been and the home team take a slender lead into the break.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, HUNT! 17:14: The Crusaders are penalised for being off their feet at the breakdown. They secure the line-out and Mitch Hunt is stopped short. They secure another penalty and this time Hunt goes for goal.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
An early penalty for the Highlanders near the halfway line and Hunt finds touch near the Crusaders 22.The ball is turned over via a Crusaders penalty at the breakdown.
Drummond finds Christie with a superb pass to the left.
The Crusaders are off their feet at the breakdown and the Highlanders secure another penalty. They mess up the subsequent line-out and the Crusaders attack.
TRY, CRUSADERS, CHRISTIE! 17-19: A good one-two between Jordan and Dunshea to make their way into the Highlanders half. They just keep on coming and then eventually Christie scores under a penalty advantage! Relentless!
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 17-21: The conversion is over!
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, HUNT! 20-21: The Highlanders string 13 phases together before they are stopped short, but they secure an offside penalty. They should have scored there and they know it. They go for goal and we have a one point game.
TRY, CRUSADERS, REECE! 20-26: Richie Mo'unga sets up the line-out after the Highlanders are penalised at the breakdown. They get the driving maul going and make their way to within five metres of the line. A few more phases later Sevu Reece powers over to score!
What a finish that was by Reece! The conversion is missed.
We have a few resets at the scrum before Faingaanuku takes aim at the short side.
The Highlanders secure a scrum after the Crusaders fail to use the ball. It is a weird quiet period at the moment. That will not last!
Mo'unga sets up another line-out after a penalty at the breakdown. Great work from Ennor to break the advantage line, only to lose it to the Highlanders five metres out.
A relieving penalty to the Highlanders for holding on and Mitch Hunt fails to find his touch. A big mistake against this Crusaders team!
The Crusaders secure an off the feet penalty, but they fail to extend the lead after Mo'unga pushes it wide.
TRY, CRUSADERS, CHRISTIE! 20-31: The Crusaders make their way into Highlanders territory and after 15 phases Taylor flips it quietly to the left for Christie to SCORE!
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 20-33: This time Mo'unga slots the kick.
FULL-TIME: HIGHLANDERS 20-40 CRUSADERS. What a great game this was and a well deserved win for the Crusaders. Thank you for joining us.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 20-40 : Mo'unga slots the final kick.
TRY, CRUSADERS, JORDAN! 20-38: That will be that! The Highlanders make their way deep into the Crusaders half before an interception opens them up! Good work by Goodhue and then the Jordan chip-kick sets up a great try!