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Season warm up . . . Will Jordan, of the Crusaders, makes a break during the Super Rugby preseason match between the Highalnders and the Crusaders at Wanaka Showgrounds on Friday night. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

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