In the early years of Super Rugby, the Highlanders-Crusaders rivalry was far more pronounced than it is now. The two teams from New Zealand's South Island regularly enjoyed large amounts of support, even when playing at the other's home ground.
When the two met in Dunedin for the 1999 final then, it was nothing short of an electric atmosphere, with both teams well-represented in a very passionate crowd.
The Highlanders looked the more likely of the two teams in the first half. Jeff Wilson and Romi Ropati both made dangerous breaks, before Brian Lima finally scored their first try. He hit a short ball at a good angle to give the Highlanders a 14-6 lead, which would be pegged back to 14-9 at the break.
But the Crusaders fought their way back into the game and came into their own in the second half. A midfield defensive mis-read gave the Crusaders the lead, as Daryl Gibson touched down under the posts.
Then a brilliant solo effort from the magician, Afato So'oalo, put the Crusaders firmly in the box seat. So'oalo cleanly beat his fellow Samoan winger, Brian Lima, on the blind side from a scrum, before executing a chip and chase over All Black full-back, Jeff Wilson.
The Crusaders held their lead and ran out winners 24-19 in what was truly a memorable contest, both for its on-field action and off-field atmosphere.