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Crusaders beat Bulls in Timaru

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Article Published: Saturday 9 April 2011|

The stand out point in this match is that the Crusaders will face the Bulls in Timaru without the help of star number 10 Dan Carter.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. The Bulls kick off.
1.00:The match is underway and the Bulls start well by disrupting Chris Jack and forcing a line out just outside the Crusaders 25.
2.00: Sonny Bill shows he is not intimidated by the Bulls and flattens Pierre Spies.
3.00: Crusaders are edging forward into the Bulls half.†
5.00: Lots of kicking early on as both teams look for superiority. Kirchner slices his kick and the ball goes out.
6.00: Fourie du Preez tries to clear the ball but his kick is charged down and the Bulls give away a penalty trying to regather.
7.00: Matt Berquist kicks for the posts and sends it to the right. Distance was more than enough from the half way line.
9.00: Another penalty for the Crusaders after a Fruean break. Stegmann not coming in through the gate.
10.00: Berquist takes the shot and slots it. Crusaders are on the board.
12.00: The Crusaders win a free kick as their line out was not straight. The Bulls have the option of a scrum or a line out and they choose a scrum. Bulls more confident in their scrum with Matfield and Botha on the field ? Seems odd.
14.00: Wow! The Bulls scrum struggles and concedes the ball to the Crusaders. The Crusaders win the next scrum and Sonny Bill Williams busts through the Bulls midfield and gets tackled at the line but slides over to score the first try of the match. TRY!! Great try.
15.00: Berquist misses the conversion.
18.00: Matfield is starting to get frustrated that the whistle is not going their way. The Bulls line out is not working either.
20.00:The Bulls get blown up again for a penalty. Bakkies Botha is seen involved in an immediate scuffle on the floor with half back Andy Ellis.
21.00: Matt Berquist takes the penalty kick and nails it.
22.00: The Bulls get a brief moment or two in the Crusaders half as Gary Botha snatches the ball and runs after winning the ball at the kick off. Dean Greyling loses the ball and the Crusaders attack.
23.00: Crusaders with 67 % territory win another penalty. Matfield is given a team warning and told the next one is a card.
24.00: Berquist takes the shot and curls it too much. Miss.
26.00: More difficulties with the scrum in this match. What is going on with the scrums this year. Finally the Crusaders finish the scrum but Kieran Read of†all people fumbles the ball so we have another scrum. †
29.00: The Crusaders kick the ball downfield (SBW) and Maitland chases. Kirchner gets the ball but Maitland drives him over the line. 5m scrum.
31.00: The Crusaders win the scrum and start banging away at the Bulls line. The Bulls hold them out until Whitelock knocks on.
32.00: Wyatt Crockett concedes a penalty at the scrum. The Bulls clear.
34.00: The Bulls are getting more and more frustrated. There have been some handling errors - from both sides but their body language starting to show.
35.00: Penalty to the Bulls in their 25. Steyn kicks for touch.
37.00: Another penalty to the Bulls. Steyn will have his first shot at goal. That this is his first shot at goal shows the Crusaders dominance.
38.00: Steyn takes the kick almost from the touch and half way line - he misses.
39.00: The Bulls try to run the ball out of their 25 but Fruean takes out Olivier who plays the ball on the ground and concedes a penalty. Big intensity from the Crusaders.
Matt Berquist takes the kick and slots it. It's half time.
The half time score was Crusaders†14 Bulls 0
The second half is underway.
41.00: The Crusaders get just about the perfect start. They snatch the ball from the kick off and attack. They get to the 5m line.
42.00;The Crusaders continue to bang away at the Bulls line. Phase after phase.
43.00:Dagg gets the ball and drives forward, he gets a little help - not much† - from the other backs and scores TRY!! That was Spies Dagg drove back !
44.00: Berquist takes the conversion but misses.
45.00: The Bulls hit back and get the ball into the Crusaders 25. They get to the 5m line but Hougaard loses the ball from a Dagg tackle. Dagg is having a great game.
47.00: The Bulls attack but Dagg gets the ball and boots it way downfield. The Bulls have to start their attack all over again. They win a penalty from the line out and Steyn kicks for touch.
50.00:The Crusaders run the ball at the Bulls and that man Dagg gets pushed into touch.
51.00: Fourie du Preez looks for touch but doesn't find it. Guildford attacks with the ball and spreads it wide. The Crusaders swing it to Maitland but Fruean's pass was forward. Try gone begging.
55.00: The Bulls get some rare game time in the Crusaders half. However a foot goes into touch. Gee these Crusaders have been clinical.
59.00:The Bulls attack in the Crusaders 25 but the Crusaders turn the ball over and all of the hard work they did to get into the space was for nothing.
62.00: The Bulls are getting more territory now but as they are chasing Steyn can't go for drops like he did last week. The Crusaders just keep cutting the Bulls down in attack.
64.00: Fruean busts through the Bulls - leaves Hougaard for dead - and he passes to Guildford but the ball goes behind him and then foreward. At the scrum it gets physical and there is a fight. Penalty to the Bulls in their half.
65.00: OOH BIG TACKLE. The Bulls on attack but Owen Franks tackles Flip van der Merwe who goes down HARD. The game is held up as Van Der Merwe needs attention and help off. Franks is fine.
68.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Kirchner gets tackled but the Crusaders drive over him and then the Bulls play the ball on the ground. Berquist nails the conversion.
69.00: It looks like the Crusaders are going to the bench. Chris Jack enjoys a run after the kick off but the pass is forward.
70.00: Sonny Bill Williams is off. Morne Steyn is off too.
72.00: The Crusaders continue to attack the Bulls. Tom Marshall who has just come off bashes through the Bulls and scores. TRY!!
73.00:Matt Berquist takes the conversion and misses.
76.00: The Bulls win a penalty in the Crusaders 25. They take the quick tap but the Crusaders push them backwards.
78.00: The Bulls are enjoying their best spell of the game in the Crusaders 25. They get to the 5m line but can't get through.
80.00: The Crusaders continue to push the Bulls back.
Thats it the whistle goes. Crusaders win.
The final score is Crusaders†27 Bulls 0


Tries - S-B Williams, I Dagg, T Marshall
Pen - M Berquist 3
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -
Pen -
Con -
Drop -

Match Officials
Referee: Jonathon White (New Zealand)
Assistant referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand), Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)


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

16. Quentin MacDonald,17. Owen Franks,18. Luke Romano,19. Jonathan Poff/Joe Wheeler,20. Kahn Fotuali'i,21. Tom Marshall,22. Adam Whitelock

Bulls:Zane Kirchner , Bjorn Basson, Jaco Pretorius, Wynand Olivier , Francois Hougaard, Morné Steyn , Fourie du Preez, Pierre Spies , Dewald Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield (c), Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger , Gary Botha , Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Rossouw de Klerk, Flip van der Merwe, Danie Rossouw , Derick KuŁn, Francois Brummer, Gerhard van den Heever

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