Crusaders beat Cheetahs in Bloemfontein



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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Cheetahs and the Crusaders the men from Christchurch in New Zealand the Crusaders have won three and lost two.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Cheetahs kick off and we are underway.

The Cheetahs chase the ball after the restart and Sarel Pretorius charges down Colin Slade’s clearance kick. The ball is dotted down in the dead ball area. Early pressure from the Cheetahs.

2.00:The match is like tennis match in the opening phase as both teams look for territory with the boot.

3.00: The Crusaders win a line out and attack in the Cheetahs half. They go through 10 phases and make steady ground going forward.

4.00: The Cheetahs lose Johan Goosen as he takes a knock and will go off for a concussion test – he is also holding his shoulder a little. Elgar Watts comes on.

5.00: The Cheetahs win a penalty which relieves some pressure as the Crusaders have dominated so far. They kick for touch.

7.00: The Crusaders win a penalty in front but out of the Cheetahs 22. Slade will take the kick. He just misses.

10.00: Another penalty to the Crusaders. Colin Slade takes his time with the kick and this one he nails. The Crusaders lead.

14.00: Johan Goosen came back on but has now been replaced by Elgar Watts again. He looks a bit battered.

15.00: The Cheetahs win a penalty for illegal scrumming. Watts kicks for touch.

The Cheetahs win the line out and Johann Sadie breaks through the Crusaders defence and he passes to Cornal Hendricks who is tackled as he goes over the line but scores. TRY!

17.00: Watts slots the conversion from the touchline.

21.00: Willie le Roux takes a knock and gets some help from the medics but carries on. The Cheetahs concede a penalty for illegal scrumming so Slade has another shot at goal.

22.00: Slade takes the kick and nails it.

25.00: Sarel Pretorius picks up a loose ball for the Cheetahs and races away for the line. He beats everyone to the tryline and scores. However we go to the TMO and there was a knock on before he got the ball. No try.

27.00: The Crusaders win a line out and go through several phases on attack but they pass the ball a little too freely and the ball goes out.

28.00: The Crusaders get the ball from a quick throw in and they chip ahead and Israel Dagg chases the ball gathers it and scores. TRY!

29.00: Colin Slade takes the conversion kick and nails it.

31.00: The Crusaders are caught offside – in front of the kicker – so the Cheetahs are awarded a penalty. Watts nails the penalty.

35.00: The Cheetahs concede another penalty so Slade gets another shot. He strikes it well and nails it.

37.00: The Cheetahs go offside again and Slade gets an easy penalty kick. He nails it.

40.00: The siren sounds and the Crusaders have the ball so they kick it out. That’s it. Half time.

The half time score was Cheetahs 10 Crusaders 19

The Crusaders kick off and we are underway.

41.00: The Crusaders get the perfect start as Kieran Read gets the ball back after the kick off and passes to Nemani Nadolo and he jumps over Willie le Roux and scores his first TRY!

42.00: Slade adds the conversion.

44.00: The Cheetahs almost get away as they attack but the final pass goes into touch.

45.00: There is a break in play for an injury to a play and a TMO review. The games resumes.

47.00: Sarel Pretorius makes a break for the Cheetahs. He almost gets through but is tackled and knocks on when he loses the ball forward.

49.00: The Cheetahs get the ball in broken play and after a couple of passes Sarel Pretorius gets the ball and races away for the line. TRY! Awful defence from the Crusaders.

51.00: Elgar Watts takes the conversion and he nails it.

53.00: The Cheetahs are starting to find space on the outside of the Crusaders. Teboho Mohoje busts through a double tackle and races for the line and scores under the posts. TRY! Great try!

54.00: Watts slots the conversion.

57.00:The Crusaders are under pressure in their half. The Cheetahs win a line out and set up the maul. It breaks up so Watts kicks for the corner and the ball gets to Willie le Roux, there is a hint of a forward pass but the TRY is awarded. Bonus Point TRY!

58.00: Watts adds the conversion.

63.0: The Crusaders are coming back. Dominic Bird gets through the defence and recycles and then Tom Taylor goes over to score after a pass from Matt Todd. TRY!

64.00: Colin Slade slots the conversion and the Crusaders lead again.

65.00: Penalty to the Cheetahs. Watts takes the shot but misses.

67.00: Colin Slade makes a break down the middle and the Crusaders kick for Nadolo who gets the ball and races in for the bonus point TRY!

68.00: Slade takes the conversion from the touchline but misses.

72.00: The Cheetahs have the ball to attack. They are in their half but they get stuck trying to maul the ball and the Crusaders win the put in for a scrum as it was going nowhere.

73.00: Penalty from the scrum to the Cheetahs. Watts kicks for touch. The Cheetahs win the line out and run at the Crusaders.

76.00: The Cheetahs are trying to attack but the Crusaders are keeping them back in their half.

77.00: Colin Slade gets the ball from a turn over and races down the wing and scores the Crusaders fifth TRY!

77.00: Slade dotted the ball down under the posts to make his kick easier. He nails the conversion.

80.00: The siren sounds as the Crusaders have the ball and are attacking after they turns the ball over. Nadolo races down the wing and scores. We go back to check if the try was all legal. It was so the try stands. Hat trick for Nadolo.

Tyler Bleyendaal takes the conversion from the touchline and he nails it. That’s it.

The full time score is Cheetahs 31 (10) Crusaders 52 (19)


Tries – C.Hendricks, S. Pretorius, T.Mohoje, W.le Roux 
Pen – E.Watts
Con – E.Watts 4
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – I.Dagg, N.Nadolo 3, T.Taylor, C.Slade
Pen – C.Slade 4
Con – C.Slade 4, T.Bleyendaal
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2: Francois de Bruin
TMO: Johan Greeff



1. Trevor Nyakane , 2. Adriaan Strauss (C) , 3. Maks van Dyk , 4. Lodewyk de Jager , 5. Francois Uys , 6. Boom Prinsloo , 7. Lappies Labuschagne , 8. Jean Cook , 9. Sarel Pretorius , 10. Johan Goosen , 11. Hennie Daniller , 12. Ryno Benjamin , 13. Johann Sadie , 14. Cornal Hendricks , 15. Willie le Roux (VC)

Replacements :16. Ryno Barnes , 17. Caylib Oosthuizen , 18. Rossouw de Klerk , 19. Andries Ferreira , 20. Teboho Mohoje , 21. Shaun Venter , 22. Elgar Watts , 23. Howard Mnisi


1. Wyatt Crockett,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Nepo Laulala ,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. George Whitelock ,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (C) ,9. Willi Heinz ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Nemani Nadolo ,12. Ryan Crotty (VC) ,13. Kieron Fonotia,14. Johnny McNicholl ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacements :16. Ben Funnell ,17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Owen Franks ,19. Jimmy Tupou ,20. Jordan Taufua,21. Andy Ellis ,22. Tyler Bleyendaal ,23. Tom Taylor

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