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BNZ Crusaders, crowd and charity win at Farmlands Cup

A 4,000-strong crowd witnessed a classic southern derby at the Farmlands Cup as the BNZ Crusaders and the Pulse Energy Highlanders went head to head at Southbridge Rugby Football Club.

And spectators couldn’t have asked for a more thrilling finish. Crusaders fullback Will Jordan scored a try in the 78th minute to snatch the 43-38 win from the Highlanders at the fourth annual pre-season fixture on 8th February.

Farmlands pledged $5,000 to be given to a charity of the winning team’s choice. The Crusaders’ efforts meant St John Selwyn Central benefitted on the day.

The Farmlands Cup brings our rugby heroes back to their roots and is a great chance for our rural clubs to get to see them in action.

Everyone at Southbridge, the home club of former All Black Dan Carter, certainly made the most of the opportunity and enjoyed watching the arm wrestle, which saw the match go down to the wire.

While the back-to-back Super Rugby champions were victorious at the final whistle, off the field, the crowd and St John were winners too.