### ODT Online Mon, 9 Mar 2009
Highlanders, Shihad and crowd a winning formula
By Steve Hepburn
The exact crowd number would not be known until today, estimates put it at between 12,000 and 13,000. With average crowds of only 7000 last year, a crowd nearly double that had Highlanders chief executive Richard Reid smiling. Mr Reid was thrilled with the turnout and with the win, saying the crowd had faith in the Highlanders and the team had repaid them with a gutsy win. The union had wanted a crowd of about 10,000, so to get more than that was a bonus. More
### ODT Online Sat, 7 Mar 2009
Rugby: Highlanders shock Crusaders
The previously invincible Crusaders suffered their third consecutive loss when they were beaten 6-0 by the Highlanders in their Super 14 rugby match at Carisbrook in Dunedin tonight.
Read More Online Here…
### http://www.stuff.co.nz Last updated 22:32 07/03/2009
McCaw hurt as Crusaders crash
By MARC HINTON – Rugbyheaven
The Crusaders are down and it looks like their skipper Richie McCaw is out with a knee injury that won’t help the defending Super 14 champions’ chances of arresting their alarming form decline.
Read More Online Here…
### nz.sports.yahoo.com March 7, 2009, 9:19 pm
McCaw injured in southern snore-fest
Yahoo!Xtra Sport / Neil Reid –
With full-time blown, the stage was set for something worth the admittance, the Shihad gig. More
### sstlive.co.nz Last updated 00:17 08/03/2009
Superheroes to zeroes
RICHARD KNOWLER at Carisbrook – Sunday Star Times
The first spell was not just nothing to write home about; neither side scored a point. In fact, this match’s most memorable moment arguably took place after the 80 minutes of play had finished.
The hot guitar licks and riffs of top Kiwi rock band Shihad finally got the large crowd amped with the concert they performed on the field after this dour game. More
### http://www.seenindunedin.co.nz March 8, 2009
Rebel Sport Super 14 Rugby – Highlanders v Crusades
A combination of warm, sunny weather, thousands of students returning to the city, and Kiwi rock legends Shihad playing live after the match, meant the terraces at The Brook were jam packed with fans from both sides dressed in their team colours to add to the occasion…much to the delight of the rugby union. More
### http://www.vodafonerugbytribe.co.nz 18 February 2009
Top rock at the Brook
Highlanders marketing manager Chris Green said, “We wanted to create an event as close as possible to a standard concert…and after the game when it was dark more could be done with the lights and make the most of what will be an incredible occasion.”
It will be Shihad’s first performance in a major New Zealand city this year and only the second of the year after a gig at Lake Hawea on January 2. Shihad’s members live in Melbourne but are no strangers to rugby. The band was formed in Wellington and lead vocalist and founder, Jon Toogood, says he knows the significance of playing at Carisbrook.
“We are really looking forward to playing some loud Shihad tracks at the Brook,” he said. “I suppose it’s the closest I’ll get to playing pro rugby.” More