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Stadium clock almost costs Highlanders dearly

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Article Published: Saturday 3 March 2012|

The first ever Super Rugby match at the new Forsyth Barr Stadium which was between the Highlanders and Crusaders ended in confusion due to the stadium clock.

The match ended in drama as the scoreboard clock twice misled the home team into believing time was up as it desperately defended a three-point advantage.

The clock had fallen out of synchronization with the official timekeepers and led the Highlanders to twice kick the ball to touch, thinking that would end the game.

The referee had to tell the Highlanders there was time still to play, making the final moments more nerve-racking for the hosts.

"We didn't know what was happening. The scoreboard came up 81 minutes and the boys went into lockdown," Highlanders captain Jamie Mackintosh said.

"As it turned out we didn't know there was still three minutes to play so I guess someone will get a tune up."

"It was pretty bizarre to be honest at the end there," Crusaders captain Kieran Read said.

"We didn't know what was going but looking back on it we had chances and we didn't really convert them."

The Highlanders have been the surprise package this season in the New Zealand Conference after winning both of their matches so far whilst having to contend with a long list of injuries.

The Highlanders captain Mackintosh said that they had worked hard on their set pieces and added that their strong start helped.

"We work very hard on our game," Mackintosh said.

"In the first half we held the ball for long periods of time and we talked about playing in the right bit of the field. It was pretty much a dream start.

"The lineout and set piece was pretty fluent. Then in the second half, that's what the Crusaders are pretty good at...putting you under pressure and they got right back into it."

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