The Highlanders met the Crusaders for their first clash of the Super Rugby season in Wanaka last week.
The event, held in balmy conditions, resulted in a disappointing outcome for the home crowd as the Crusaders ran away with a win, 41-7.
The Crusaders will take on the Waratahs in Nelson on Saturday in the opening round of Super Rugby.
The Highlanders have a bye, but are having a camp in Central Otago this week in preparation to play the Sharks in Dunedin on February 7. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES