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Six try Crusaders too strong for Cheetahs

Israel Dagg of the Crusaders clears the ball from a ruck

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Article Published: Saturday 12 April 2014|

The Crusaders won their first Super Rugby match in Bloemfontein since 2007 when they beat the Cheetahs 31-52 with a bonus point on Saturday.

The Crusaders outscored the Cheetahs by six tries to four and both teams earn a try bonus point from the match.

The result means that the Crusaders complete their tour of South Africa going unbeaten and having earned nine points in the Republic they head home to New Zealand where they will face the Chiefs next week in Hamilton.

The result also makes the Crusaders the best touring side this season as they are the only team to have crossed the Indian Ocean and won two matches.

At the start of the encounter, Colin Slade missed his first penalty attempt but landed his second in the 11th minute, giving the Crusaders an early lead.

The Cheetahs had trouble controlling their own lineouts and gifted the visitors possession frequently.

The hosts also lost their Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen in the 15th minute due to concussion.

The disruption, however, seemed to have little effect as Cheetahs immediately scored. Winger Cornal Hendricks went over in the corner, after a good attacking phase of play by the Cheetahs backline in the 17th minute.

Elgar Watts converted a difficult kick from the touchline to put the Cheetahs into a 7-3 lead.

Slade brought his side back within one point via a second penalty minutes later.

The visitors regained the lead after fullback Israel Dagg followed up a chip kick through and scored in the corner.

Slade was on song with the conversion, which left the Cheetahs to trail by six points.

In response, Watts kicked a much needed penalty in the 34th minute to reduce the deficit to just three points, but Slade cancelled it with two successful attempts of his own shortly thereafter to give the Crusaders a half-time lead of 10-19.

The Crusaders scored 30 seconds into the second half, with winger Nemani Nadolo running through with ease after a lapse in concentration on defence by the Cheetahs. Slade again converted.

Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, scored the second try for his side with Watts converting.

Cheetahs replacement Teboho Mohoje scored his first Super Rugby try of his career shortly thereafter. Watts converted and suddenly the visitors only had a cushion of two points to defend.

The hosts then hit the lead as Cheetahs fullback Willie le Roux side-stepped his way over, after a clever cross kick by Watts in the 59th minute. Watts converted for a five point lead.

Crusaders replacement Tom Taylor soon squashed that lead with his try in the 64th minute. Slade converted and the lead once again changed hands.

Crusaders winger Nadolo scored his second of the evening after a quick tap from a penalty by Slade, and even though the conversion was missed, it opened up a gap of seven points with just ten minutes left.

Slade added the Crusaders fifth try when he gathered a loose ball and ran around for a try under the uprights which he also converted.

Nadolo then scored his hat-trick on the final whistle to seal a comprehensive scoreline.

Final Score Cheetahs 31 (10) Crusaders 52 (19)


Tries - C.Hendricks, S. Pretorius, T.Mohoje, W.le Roux 
Pen - E.Watts
Con - E.Watts 4
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - I.Dagg, N.Nadolo 3, T.Taylor, C.Slade
Pen - C.Slade 4
Con - C.Slade 4, T.Bleyendaal
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2: Francois de Bruin
TMO: Johan Greeff



1. Trevor Nyakane , 2. Adriaan Strauss (C) , 3. Maks van Dyk , 4. Lodewyk de Jager , 5. Francois Uys , 6. Boom Prinsloo , 7. Lappies Labuschagne , 8. Jean Cook , 9. Sarel Pretorius , 10. Johan Goosen , 11. Hennie Daniller , 12. Ryno Benjamin , 13. Johann Sadie , 14. Cornal Hendricks , 15. Willie le Roux (VC)

Replacements :16. Ryno Barnes , 17. Caylib Oosthuizen , 18. Rossouw de Klerk , 19. Andries Ferreira , 20. Teboho Mohoje , 21. Shaun Venter , 22. Elgar Watts , 23. Howard Mnisi


1. Wyatt Crockett,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Nepo Laulala ,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. George Whitelock ,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (C) ,9. Willi Heinz ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Nemani Nadolo ,12. Ryan Crotty (VC) ,13. Kieron Fonotia,14. Johnny McNicholl ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacements :16. Ben Funnell ,17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Owen Franks ,19. Jimmy Tupou ,20. Jordan Taufua,21. Andy Ellis ,22. Tyler Bleyendaal ,23. Tom Taylor

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