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Crusaders beat Brumbies in Christchurch

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Article Published: Friday 2 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Crusaders and the Brumbies the Crusaders have won four and the Brumbies just one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. The teams are on the field.

The Crusaders kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The Crusaders make a strong start to the match pushing the Brumbies back into their 22. Both sides look like they want to run but the Brumbies kick for touch. Matt Todd goes down injured and then comes off.

2.00:Jordan Taufua comes on for Todd and the Crusaders win a lineout. They press forward but concede a penalty so Nic White kicks for touch.

4.00: Penalty to the Crusaders in their 22. They kick for touch and set up a line out just inside their half. A player is interfered with in the air at the line out so they get another penalty and kick for touch. They don't find touch so a kicking contest follows.

5.00: Colin Slade kicks the ball through and the chase is on. The Brumbies get back but concede a penalty.

6.00: Slade takes the penalty kick and nails it. The Crusaders lead. However Kieron Fonotia has been replaced due to injury and Tom Taylor is on.  

10.00; The Brumbies work the ball down into the Crusaders 22. The Crusaders turn the ball over and kick upfield.

12.00: The Crusaders get the ball down into the Brumbies 22. They pass the ball down the line but Slade's pass goes to ground. We are however called back for an offside penalty. Slade takes the shot and nails it.

14.00: The Brumbies win a penalty. Nic White takes the kick and nails it. The Brumbies are on the board.

15.00: Another penalty is awarded to the Brumbies after the restart for a shoulder charge. They kick for touch.

17.00: Tom Taylor has taken a knock. The medics are tending to him. He has to come off and is replaced by Nafi Tuitavake.

18.00: The Crusaders have the ball in the Brumbies 22. The Brumbies infringe so the Crusaders have a penalty. Slade will kick for posts. He nails the kick.

21.00: The Brumbies put some pressure on the Crusaders but they turn the ball over and Dagg kicks the ball into touch. He slices it.

22.00: Penalty to the Brumbies for not rolling away. They will kick for posts.

23.00:  Christian Lealiifano takes the shot but misses it.

25.00: Territory is at 58% for the Crusaders. The game is paused for another injury. The Crusaders knocked on so we have the first scrum of the match.

27.00: The scrum collapses a couple of times. Eventually the Crusaders win a penalty from the scrum. Slade will kick for posts.

29.00:Slade takes the shot into the sun. He nails it.

30.00: Penalty to the Brumbies. Hands in the ruck. Richie McCaw looks shocked. The Brumbies kick for touch.

32.00: The Brumbies win the line out. They try to attack but get pressed backwards and then the Brtumbies win a penalty.

33.00: Nic White takes the shot and nails it.

36.00: The Brumbies have a line out just inside the Brumbies half. They make a little ground and then win a penalty. Slade will kick for posts.

37.00: Slade nails the penalty.

39.00: The Crusaders work the ball into the Brumbies 22. They put the Brumbies line under real pressure.

40.00: The siren sounds. The Crusaders go wide and Johnny McNicholl goes over and scores. TRY!

41.00: The try will stand but we go to the TMO to look at a tackle in the build up. Nothing in it so we carry on.

42.00: Slade takes the conversion kick and nails it. It's half time.

The half time score was Crusaders 22 Brumbies 6

The Brumbies kick off and we are underway with the second half.

42.00: The Brumbies get the perfect start as they attack the Crusaders in their 22. Stephen Moore bashes through and scores. TRY!

43.00: Lealiifano slots the conversion.

47.00:The Brumbies concede a penalty from the scrum so Colin Slade gets another shot a the posts. He nails this one as well.

52.00: The Brumbies kick for territory but the ball is charged down by Sam Whitelock and bounces for Nemani Nadolo who races away to score for the Crusaders. TRY!

53.00: Slade misses the conversion.

55.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Slade takes the kick from a distance out and misses. Short.

58.00: The Brumbies concede another penalty and get a warning for foul play. Slade takes the penalty kick and nails it.

60.00: The Brumbies set up a line out in the Crusaders 22. They use the maul but then go wide. The ball goes out but we go back as the Crusaders were offside. White is getting help from the medics so we will wait for his kick. The game resumes and the Brumbies kick for touch.

62.00: The Brumbies win the line out. They use the maul again. Moore almost gets over but is held out. The Brumbies keep the ball alive but then get pushed out.

65.00: The Brumbies work the ball into the Crusaders 22 again but the Crusaders have the put in. The Crusaders win the line out and initially try to run the ball out but then revert to kicking it out.

68.00: Luke Romano is sent to the sin bin. The Brumbies are keeping the Crusaders in their 22. They win a line out and put the Crusaders tryline under pressure but knock on.

70.00: The Crusaders win a penalty in their 22. Dagg kicks for touch.

72.00: The Brumbies continue to attack the Crusaders in their 22. Even though they have the extra man the Crusaders are keeping them out.

74.00: The ball goes to ground and a couple of Crusaders players get a boot to it and its chipped ahead and Luke Whitelock chases it and scores. TRY!

75.00: Willi Heinz takes the conversion kick and nails it from the touchline.

78.00: The Brumbies get a consolation try as Pat McCabe slips through after a pass from Matt Toomua. TRY! The try is also converted.

80.00:The siren sounds and the ball is kicked out. That's it. The Crusaders win.

The full time score is Crusaders 40 (22) Brumbies 20 (6)


Tries - J. McNicholl, N, Nadolo, L.Whitelock
Pen - C.Slade 7
Con - C.Slade, W.Heinz
Drop -
Cards - L.Romano (68th min yellow)

Tries - S.Moore. P.McCabe
Pen - N.White 2
Con - C.Lealiffano 2
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2: Ben O'Keefe
TMO: Vinny Munro



1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Ben Funnell, 3. Owen Franks ,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. Richie McCaw (VC) ,7. Matt Todd ,8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Andy Ellis ,10.Colin Slade ,11.Nemani Nadolo ,12.Ryan Crotty (C) ,13.Kieron Fonotia ,14.Johnny McNicholl ,15.Israel Dagg

Replacements: 16. Corey Flynn ,17. Tim Perry ,18. Nepo Laulala , 19. Luke Romano , 20. Jordan Taufua ,21. Willi Heinz ,22. Tom Taylor ,23. Nafi Tuitavake


1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Scott Fardy , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Jordan Smiler , 7. Jarrad Butler , 8. Ben Mowen (C) , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Robbie Coleman , 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Joe Tomane , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements: 16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. Ruaidhri Murphy , 19. Jack Whetton , 20. Tom McVerry , 21. Michael Dowsett , 22. Andrew Smith , 23. Pat McCabe

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