Brumbies shut out Crusaders




This was a live score update.




Canberra Stadium, Canberra, 19.40 (9.40 GMT)

This home match is particularly special to the Australians – it sees the home send-off of Wallaby triumvirate George Gregan, Stephen Larkham and Jeremy Paul, and Saturday will see the unveiling of a grandstand named after the former two – the Brumbies’ illustrious halfback pairing.

But the Crusaders will no doubt be in a mood to ruin the party. Having won their last six matches, the Christchurch side, having been rejuvenated by the return of their All Blacks has looked fearsome.

This is today’s big match. The Australian Super rugby royalty hosts the NZ and Super Rugby royalty. Both teams are still in line for the Semis. The Crusaders lead the table and the Brumbies appear to be hitting form at the right time of the tournament.


Match detail


The Brumbies have started well but have been kicking for territory a lot.  


The Brumbies gave away a penalty and Dan Carter took the opportunity to score the first points of the match with a penalty.


The Brumbies got a penalty straight back and this time it was Mortlock who added three points.


The Brumbies got another penalty shot at goal but Mortlock missed it sending it wide.


The match was interupted by a break in play as Mortlock was attended to after he put in a thumping tackle.


The Crusaders made a break and it looked like Hamilton was about to score a try but he w3as brought down just in time to save the try.


The Brumbies got another penalty shot at goal and as it was a long one Julian Huxley took it and missed.


The Brumbies put together a good spell and as they were looking good to score a try Richard McCaw was sinbinned for prefessionally fouling the ball by knocking it to the ground.


Mortlock took the penalty shot and got it giving the Brumbies the lead for the first time.


There was a crazy spell of rugby as Mauger made a break and both sides seemed to lose the ball. Gregan got it and kicked it out and it went out off Mose Tuiali’i.


McCaw comes back on plays for a minute before the Crusaders give away a penalty on the half way line. Julian Huxley takes a shot at goal and slots it from just inside the half way line.


The whistle goes for half time.


Half time score was Brumbies 9 Crusaders 3


The second half is underway but there is no change in the score after 12 minutes. The Crusaders have been attacking but the Brumbies defence has been strong so far.  


The match is fairly even and its basically a tug of war against two great defences.


The Brumbies finally gave away a penalty and Dan Carter took it and reduced the Crusaders deficit to 3.


The Brumbies lineout is working well and they have taken several from the Crusaders.


The Crusaders give away a penalty for a high tackle and Mortlock takes the kick and slots it.


The Brumbies gave away a crucial penalty and the Crusaders opted to go for the try. The Brumbies then got a penalty back and saved the try. This was a crucial point of the game.


The Brumbies enjoy probably their best attacking spell but Gregan knocks on just as he is about to pass. The ball has been fairly slippery all day.


The Brumbies win the ball back from a lineout and they work the ball up and swing it back to Stephen Larkham who kicks for a drop goal and gets it.


The Brumbies are being cheered on in a huge way by their fans and the Brumbies are responding.


Jeremy Paul gives away a penalty for hands in the ruck and while Carter takes his kick the siren sounds.


He misses and the Crusaders will get no points form this match.


Report to follow.


Full time score Brumbies 15 Crusaders 6




Penalties – Mortlock (3)Julian Huxley.
Drop Goal – Stephen Larkham



Penalties – Carter (2)
Cards – Yellow, Richard McCaw



Brumbies: 15 Julian Huxley, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Gene Fairbanks, 11 Mark Gerrard, 10 Stephen Larkham, 9 George Gregan, 8 Stephen Hoiles, 7 George Smith, 6 Jone Tawake, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Jeremy Paul, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Richard Stanford, 19 Julian Salvi, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Peter Playford, 22 Francis Fainifo.



Crusaders:15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Scott Hamilton, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Caleb Ralph, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Kevin Senio, 8 Mose Tuiali’i, 7 Richard McCaw (c), 6 Reuben Thorne, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Campbell Johnstone, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Ben Franks
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Ben May, 18 Kieran Read, 19 Johnny Leo’o, 20 Andrew Ellis, 21 Stephen Brett, 22 Rico Gear

Referee:Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Touch judges: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Matt Goddard (Australia)
Television match official: James Leckie (Australia)
Assessor: Wayne Erickson, Paul Ramsay

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