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Crusaders beat Brumbies in Canberra



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The third Super Rugby match this Saturday is between the Brumbies and the Crusaders in Canberra.

The Brumbies have played the Crusaders 24 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and they have won 8 matches and lost 16 matches.

  • The Crusaders have won their last seven games on the bounce against the Brumbies by an average margin of 19 points; it’s the longest winning streak of either team in the history of the fixture.
  • The Brumbies have picked up competition points in each of their last 15 regular season games at home, picking up nine wins and six losing bonus points.
  • The Crusaders have won their last six games on the bounce in Australia, their longest ever winning streak in the nation.
  • Only the Chiefs (8) have conceded fewer linebreaks per game this season than the Brumbies (10).
  • Manasa Mataele has scored three tries and assisted one further in his last two games for the Crusaders, beating 10 defenders and making six clean breaks in that time.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Canberra.

2.00: TRY! Just after the kickoff the Brumbies strike! Henry Speight races over after a superb pass from Joe Powell! What a start! 5-0

3.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 5-0

5.00: The Crusaders get a penalty and kick to the Brumbies 22.

7.00: The Brumbies clear to halfway.

11.00: The Crusaders go close after nine phases.

13.00: Codie Taylor knocks on under pressure from the Brumbies defence.

16.00: The Crusaders get the scrum-penalty. It really could have gone either way.

17.00: TRY! What a wonderful move. Seta Tamanivalu breaks the first line of defenders and gives a no-look pass to Tim Bateman, who slides over with his momentum. 5-5

18.00: CONVERSION! Mike Delany slots the easy kick. 5-7

20.00: YELLOW CARD! Chance Peni takes out Israel Dagg with a high tackle and his sent to the bin.

22.00: Desperate defending by the Brumbies, who somehow manage to hold up the Crusaders on their line.

24.00: The Brumbies scrum collapses again and they concede another penalty.

26.00: TRY! Manasa Mataele runs over Powell and scores the Crusaders’ second try. 5-12

27.00: CONVERSION! Delany adds another conversion. 5-14

30.00: The Crusaders have enjoyed 75 percent possession for long spells in this half. The Brumbies can’t get their hands on the ball.

31.00: TRY! Manasa Mataele has a double. Matt Todd ghosted through the Brumbies defenders and sent a long pass to the winger, who stepped inside three cover defenders to score. 5-19

32.00: CONVERSION! Delany adds another two. 5-21

35.00: The Brumbies get a penalty inside the ‘Saders 22.

36.00: PENALTY! Wharenui Hawera slots the kick. 8-21

39.00: The Crusaders look like scoring everytime they have the ball.

40.00: Powell finds touch, but the Brumbies have given the opposition another attacking opportunity.

41.00: The Crusaders have a penalty for a late shot on Ryan Crotty.

42.00: Delany puts the ball in the corner.

43.00: Crotty loses the ball forward near the try-line.

The halftime score was Brumbies 8 Crusaders 21

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Canberra.

43.00: Powell’s handling error gifts the Crusaders a golden opportunity inside the Brumbies 22.

44.00: A short-arm penalty goes the Brumbies way.

46.00: The Brumbies get some quick ball which catches the Crusaders, offsides. Hawera kicks to the opposition’s 22.

50.00: The Brumbies get a scrum penalty and kick to the corner.

51.00: The driving maul is halted after an accidental offside.

54.00: The Aussies have had a better second-half; it’s still early days but they have had some opportunities and are not camped inside their own 22.

56.00: Tevita Kuridrani is tackled short. After a few pick-and-drives, the Brumbies get awarded a penalty. They opt for a scrum.

58.00: The Brumbies get another penalty and kick to the corner.

59.00: The maul is sacked illegally. Jaco Peyper warns Sam Whitelock that the next infringement will result in a yellow card.

59.00: YELLOW CARD! Scott Barrett is sent to the bin.

61.00: The Brumbies cannot get over the whitewash. They’ve been inside the Crusaders 22 for an age.

62.00: YELLOW CARD! Ryan Crotty is also in the sin-bin.

63.00: The Brumbies have had 92 percent possession in the last 10 minutes.

65.00: The home team cough up possession, letting a guilt-edge chance to get back in this game because they cannot conjure a linebreak or a driving maul.

70.00: The benches are being emptied which might be the reason that both teams are making lots of errors.

73.00: The Brumbies are wasting time; time they do not have.

76.00: That’s another chance gone begging. The home team concede two penalties in quick succession.

78.00: The Crusaders will win this game, their eighth win in a row against the Brumbies.

80.00: The hooter sounds with the home team having a scrum feed.

82.00: A high tackle offers the Crusaders a chance to claim a bonus-point.

84.00: The Brumbies keep the Kiwis out.


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The final score: Brumbies 8 (8) Crusaders 21 (21)


Tries – Speight
Pen – Hawera
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Peni (Yellow, 20′)

Tries – Bateman, Mataele (2)
Pen –
Con – Delany (3)
Drop –
Cards – Barrett (Yellow, 59′), Crotty (Yellow, 62′)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan way
TMO: George Ayoub



15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Andrew Smith, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Blake Enever, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23 Andy Muirhead.


15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele.

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