Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Brumbies in Canberra

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The Crusaders have won their last 10 Super Rugby matches against the Brumbies, the longest winning run by either team in the history of this fixture. The Brumbies’ last win against the Crusaders was in February 2009 (18-16).

The Crusaders have won their last four Super Rugby matches against the Brumbies in Australia, more than they won in all their previous nine meetings in the competition (W3, L6).

  • The Brumbies have won their last three Super Rugby matches in succession against New Zealand opposition; the last time they enjoyed a longer winning run was a six-match span from April 2004 to February 2005.
  • The Crusaders have won 15 of their last 17 Super Rugby matches in Australia (L2); each of their two defeats came against the NSW Waratahs.
  • Dan McKellar’s charges have won their last five Super Rugby matches on the bounce at GIO Stadium by an average of 15 points per game.
  • The capital side has made dominant contact on 17 carries per game this season, the fewest of any team, and seven per game fewer than the Christchurch team. (24).
  • The Saders have made 148 tackles per game, the most of any team in the campaign – the Brumbies (142 per game) are ranked third in this category (Blues – 146).
  • The Brumbies (36) and Crusaders (36) have retained possession on more kicks in play than any other teams in 2022.

Players to watch

  • Will Jordan has made 45 tackle breaks, the most by any player in the competition, and 22 more than the Brumbies’ best Tom Banks (23).
  • Rob Valetini has made dominant contact on eight tackles, more than any other player in the competition, and three more than any Crusaders player.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway in Canberra.

4.00: TRY! Irae Simone beats Sevu Reece to open the scoring after the TMO review. 5-0

5.00: MISS! Nic White misses. 5-0

7.00: Reece goes close, but the inside pass is lost forward.

8.00: TRY! Iona’s kick is charged down, the Crusaders win back possession through Ethan Blackadder before Codie Taylor crashed over next to the posts. 5-5

9.00: CONVERSION! Richie Mo’unga adds the extras. 5-7

12.00: Crusaders are beginning to look dangerous with the ball in hand. Brumbies have lost a lineout, and been poor with their handling.

14.00: TRY! Sevu Reece becomes the fastest player to score 40 Super Rugby tries. Reece beats Joe Roff’s record in Canberra after he chased Taylor’s deft grubber to bring up the forty-burger. 5-12

15.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 5-14

18.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga increases his side’s lead. 5-17

21.00: Another Brumbies attack ends with a turnover near the Crusaders’ line.

28.00: RECORD UP! Mo’unga’s penalty puts him past 1,000 Super Rugby points in 90 matches (1001). 5-20

31.00: The Brumbies cannot get anything going. McKellar will need to get into his troops when they enter the shed.

35.00: The Saders look dangerous every time they touch the ball inside the opposition’s half. Another try would probably do for the hosts.

38.00: White is pinged for playing the ball on the ground.

39.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga splits the posts. 5-23

41.00: The Crusaders scored 23 unanswered points to end the first half on top by 18.

The halftime score was Brumbies 5 Crusaders 23

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.

45.00: The Brumbies have started well, they are winning the early collisions since halftime.

47.00: TRY! Simone, with an angled run, took White’s deft pass and crashes over for his second of the night. 10-23

48.00: CONVERSION! White adds the two. 12-23

50.00: Brumbies win a penalty after Jack Goodhue’s indiscretion. Tom Banks boots to the 22.

53.00: The Crusaders have fallen away a bit since the break, the Brumbies need to make them pay, or else!

56.00: TRY! Bryn Hall reaches out to score. A lovely offload in midfield from Goodhue saw Jordan go close before the halfback dotted down. 12-28

57.00: CONVERSION! It’s good, 6/6 tonight. 12-30

59.00: Tom Banks boots to the corner after the hosts win a penalty. The Brumbies much-vaunted rolling maul could not get through the red wall. Scrum Crusaders.

61.00: TRY! Folau Fainga’a crashes over for his 32nd Super Rugby try off a well-worked lineout move and maul. 17-30

62.00: CONVERSION! Ryan Lonergan adds the extras. 19-30

65.00: TRY! Will Jordan gets his customary try versus Aussie opposition. Game over! 19-35

66.00: CONVERSION! Seven in a row. 19-37

68.00: Leicester Fainga’anuku is held up over the line for a goalline dropout.

71.00: TRY! Tom Wright intercepts Will Jordan’s pass and races 70 metres to score. Wright turned Mo’unga inside out like a pair of socks before dotting down. 24-37

73.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 26-37

75.00: The Crusaders are leeking penalties inside their 22, but no card.

77.00: The Brumbies botched two chances at tries with handling errors near the try line.

79.00: The home team are fighting for a losing bonus point to keep them ahead of the Crusaders on the table.

81.00: The hooter goes, the Brumbies lose possession, and Mo’unga ends the game with a kick to touch.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Brumbies 26 (5) Crusaders 37 (23)

Scorers

Brumbies
Tries – Simone (2), Wright, Fainga’a
Pen –
Con – White, R. Lonergan (2)
Drop –
Cards –
Crusaders
Tries – Taylor, Reece, Hall, Jordan
Pen – Mo’unga (3)
Con – Mo’unga (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:
Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:
Damon Murphy
TMO:
James Leckie

Teams

Brumbies: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Rodney Iona, 9 Nic White, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Tom Hooper, 5 Caderyn Neville, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 James Slipper.

Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Luke Reimer, 21 Rory Scott, 22 Ryan Lonergan, 23 Ollie Sapsford.

Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Ethan Blackadder, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Fletcher Newell, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower.

Replacements: 16 Ricky Jackson, 17 Finlay Brewis, 18 Tamaiti Williams, 19 Liam Hallam-Eames, 20 Tom Christie, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Braydon Ennor, 23 Leicester Fainga’anuku.

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