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Six try Crusaders trounce Brumbies in Nelson

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Article Published: Friday 11 March 2011|

Sean Maitland scored four tries as the Crusaders trounced the Brumbies by 52 points to 10 in Nelson on Friday.

At half time the Crusaders had a small lead at 19-10 but they came out for the second half and blew the Brumbies away.

In the first 17 minutes of the second half the Crusaders scored 16 points taking them to a 45-10 lead.

Winger Maitland touched down once in the first half and three times in the second while Carter missed only one of nine shots at goal to ensure the Crusaders banked their second-straight win in this year's super rugby tournament.

Sonny Bill Williams scored his second try in as many matches and his All Blacks teammate, fullback Israel Dagg scored another as the Crusaders ran in 46 straight points after trailing 10-6 in the 20th minute.

Most of the damage was done between the 24th minute of the first half, when Maitland scored his first try to help the Crusaders to a 19-10 lead at halftime, and the 19th minute of the second when he scored his fourth to complete a 45-10 lead. Dagg's late try inflated the Crusaders' margin.

The Crusaders' scrum looked shaky in the first quarter and the Brumbies caused it moments of concern, especially when Wallabies flyhalf Matt Giteau swooped on a dropped ball to score and convert a third minute try.

But Maitland's first try began the Crusaders resurgence, using aggressive defense to create turnovers and thriving on the counter attack.

The Crusaders disrupted the Brumbies' set piece possession, and deprived them of fragments of possession won in other areas.

From breakdown turnovers, even in deep defense, it fashioned outstanding tries which relied on enthusiastic support play and brilliant finishing paticularly from Maitland.

Maitland's first try came from an outstanding break by influential scrumhalf Andy Ellis which was well supported by Williams and Carter.

Maitland scored again in the first, eighth and 19th minutes of the second half and Williams scored in the third as the Crusaders piled on 26 points in less than 20 minutes.

The Crusaders were as impressive in defense as attack, illustrated best in the 61st minute when center Robbie Fruean chased Brumbies back Adam Ashley-Cooper, who had broken away from an intercept, and cut him down inches from the goalline in a try-saving tackle.

Final Score Crusaders 52 Brumbies 10


Tries - S Maitland 4, S Bill-Williams, I Dagg
Pen - Dan Carter 4
Con - Dan Carter 4, M Berquist
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - M Giteau
Pen - M Giteau
Con - M Giteau
Drop -
Cards - M Giteau (22nd min) yellow

Match Officials
Referee: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Vinny Munro
TMO:Kane McBride


Crusaders:1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Ben Franks ,4. Chris Jack ,5. Sam Whitelock,6. George Whitelock ,7. Matt Todd ,8. Kieran Read (Capt),9. Andy Ellis ,10. Daniel Carter ,11. Adam Whitelock,12. Sonny Bill Williams,13. Robbie Fruean,14. Sean Maitland,15. Israel Dagg

Reserves: 16. Quentin MacDonald,17. Owen Franks,18. Brad Thorn,19. Jonathan Poff,20. Willi Heinz,21. Matt Berquist,22. Tom Marshall

Brumbies :1. Ben Alexander , 2. Steve Moore , 3. Dan Palmer , 4. Ben Hand , 5. Mark Chisholm , 6. Mitch Chapman , 7. Colby Faingaa , 8. Ita Vaea , 9. Josh Valentine , 10. Matt Giteau (c) , 11. Francis Fainifo , 12. Robbie Coleman , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Pat McCabe

Reserves , 16. Huia Edmonds , 17. Salesi Ma'afu , 18. Peter Kimlin , 19. Julian Salvi , 20. Patrick Phibbs , 21. Matt Toomua , 22. Christian Lealiifano

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