Crusaders halfback Heinz suffers broken leg

Crusaders half-back Willi Heinz could miss the entire 2015 Super Rugby season after breaking his leg in a pre-season match against the Highlanders in Timaru.

The Crusaders lost the match 26-29 but the loss could have much bigger implications as new recruit and Fijian winger Jone Macilai also suffered a suspected broken arm.

Heinz was stretchered from the field in the second quarter of the warm up on Saturday with the lower portion of his leg facing the wrong way.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder could send an emergency call to Japan for an early release of Rugby World Cup winning All Black Andy Ellis as cover.

Ellis was expected to return to New Zealand to play Super Rugby for the Crusaders this season but he was only expected back after the opening rounds due to his commitments in Japan with Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.

The only injury concern for the Highlanders was lock Tom Franklin who suffered an ankle sprain.

Final Score Crusaders 26 (12) Highlanders 29 (10)

Scorers

Crusaders
Tries : Mitchell Drummond, Johnny McNicholl, Reed Prinsep, Jordan Taufua
Pen :
Con : Richie Mo’unga 2, Brook Hooper
Drop :

Highlanders
Tries : Ryan Tongia 2, John Hardie, Scott Eade, Elliot Dixon
Pen :
Con : Hayden Parker 2
Drop :

Teams

Crusaders

1, Alex Hodgman, 2, Codie Taylor, 3, Nepo Laulala, 4, Scott Barrett, 5, Jimmy Tupou, 6, Tom Sanders, 7, Matt Todd (c ), 8, Luke Whitelock, 9, Mitchell Drummond, 10, Richie Mo’unga, 11, Nafi Tuitavake, 12, Nathaniel Apa, 13, Kieron Fonotia, 14, Jone Macalai, 15, Johnny McNicholl

Replacements: Ben Funnell (FR), Daniel Lienert-Brown (FR), Sione Faletau (FR), Dominic Bird, Jordan Taufua, Billy Guyton, Robbie Fruean, Ged Robinson (FR), Rob Thompson, Reed Prinsep, George Bridges, Michael Green, Willi Heinz, Milford Keresoma, Luke Romano, Jed Brown, Luteru Laulala

Highlanders

Josh Hohneck , Liam Coltman , Ross Geldenhuys , Tom Franklin , Mark Reddish , James Lentjes , John Hardie , Elliot Dixon , Scott Eade , Lima Sopoaga , Waisake Naholo , Shaun Treeby , Jason Emery , Ryan Tongia , Kurt Baker , Kane Hames , Nasi Manu , Pingi Ta’alapitaga , Joe Latta , Alex Ainley , Liam Howley , Hayden Parker , Tei Walden , Trent Renata , Sam Anderson Heather , Michael Collins

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