Crusaders beat Cheetahs in Christchurch



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This match should really be a walk in the park for the Crusaders. They are in a very familiar second place on the Super 14 table. They are at home as well.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


The Cheetahs kick off and we are underway.


1.00: The Crusaders start well. The last two visits that the Cheetahs have made here have ended in 50 pointers going against them.


2.00: The Cheetahs give away a penalty so Colin Slade takes a shot at the posts but it hits one of them and bounces out.


5.00: The Crusaders are looking strong attacking the Cheetahs in their half. The Cheetahs are holding them out for now.


7.00: The Crusaders get a scrum in the centre of the field but the Cheetahs get the ball and run it through Danwel Demas who boots it up into the corner and chases but the ball goes out.


10.00: The Crusaders are going to have to watch it here. They are expecting a victory and are a little too loose.


11.00: Kahn Fotuali’i gets the ball off the back of the scrum on the half way line. He dummies and then runs and runs and runs and runs shoving off one tackle but finding the right holes and dives over the line and then scores!! Brilliant run.


12.00: Colin Slade misses the conversion.


14.00: Crusaders starting to open up the Cheetahs now after McCaw starts a break. The Cheetahs turn the ball over at the breakdown but then the Crusaders turn it over again.


18.00:The Cheetahs work the ball into the Crusaders 25. They win a penalty from Crockett. They kick for posts. Riaan Viljoen nails it.


22.00: A big scrum from the Crusaders – their scrum really has the Cheetahs under the cosh – wins a penalty 6m out. The Crusaders choose to scrum again.


23.00: Crusaders win the scrum and drive but the ball gets turned over  and then again and then knocked on. Saders 5m scrum again. Cheetahs win the scrum and clear.


26.00: Crusaders on attack. They get to 5m out and then swing it wide where they get an overlap of four. Crotty gets in for the Crusaders try.


27.00: Colin Slade takes the conversion and nails it.


30.00: Cheetahs maintain possession but the Crusaders defence just pushes them backwards slowly but surely.


32.00: Crusaders keep the Cheetahs under pressure as they go through phase after phase. Cheetahs start to look a little tired after all that work for little.


33.00: The Cheetahs lose Riaan Viljoen so Meyer Bosman comes on.


34.00: More trouble for the Cheetahs after the scrum as Thomas Waldrom busts through the defence and scores the third try.


35.00: Slade adds the conversion.


36.00: The Cheetahs win a penalty so Meyer Bosman takes the kick and nails it.


38.00: More woe for the Cheetahs at the scrum as the Crusaders get their scrum rolling and driving backwards and Waldrom drops on the ball for his second and the bonus point try.


39.00: Slade converts the try.


40.00: It’s half time.


The half time score is Crusaders 26 Cheetahs 6


The second half is underway.


43.00: The Cheetahs get a scrum on the half way line. They win the scrum barely and then boot it out to Demas who knocks it on.


44.00: The Cheetahs scrum is struggling so bad they have changed Coenie Oosthuizen for Wian du Preez.


46.00: The Crusaders start to stretch the ball wide and they look dangerous but Nokwe defends well and the the move is snuffed.


51.00: The Crusaders are still bashing away at the Cheetahs but the visitors are defending well.


53.00: Cheetahs put in some good work which sees them take the ball into the Crusaders half. The Crusaders turn the ball over and run it back out.


56.00: The Crusaders appear to knock on in attack but the ref says play on and they do. They run the ball into the corner and Sean Maitland scores the first points of the second half.


56.00: Colin Slade misses the conversion.


60.00: Crusaders are upping the pressure a bit now. They work the ball up to about 6m out. They get the maul going and Ben Franks comes up smiling as they have scored their sixth try.


61.00: Slade adds the conversion.


63.00: Cheetahs set up a maul in the Crusaders half but as they get close the Crusaders turn it over and boot the ball out. As the Cheetahs start all over again they get a penalty which they run – into a wall of defence.


65.00: Cheetahs are not giving up by any means. They are plucking away at the Crusaders but the home defence is outstanding.


68.00: Crusaders show some good continuity as they work the ball up the middle and finall Whitelock gets them over the advantage line and Guildford goes over for the seventh try. McCaw comes off for some rest.


69.00: Slade adds the conversion.


72.00: Cheetahs look tired.


74.00: The Cheetahs work the ball over the line with a maul but there are bodies everywhere so we have to go upstairs. No try – held up.


75.00: Cheetahs are winning the territory at the moment. They have spent the last period in the Crusaders 25.


77.00: As the Cheetahs start to go forward the Crusaders steal the ball and launch the counter attack. Bateman boots upfield but Pretorius gets back.


78.00: Cheetahs defend well and keep hammering away at the Crusaders but just not getting through.


79.00: Crusaders forced to attack from their 25. The Cheetahs keep them back. The siren goes.


80.00: Crusaders try to keep the ball alive. They go through the phases. They win a penalty and run the ball. As they go forward a forward pass goes in. That’s it.



The final score is Crusaders 45 Cheetahs 6


Tries – Kahn Fotuali’i, R. Crotty, T Waldrom 2, S Maitland, B Franks, Z Guildford
Pen –
Con – C Slade 5
Drop –
Cards –

Tries –
Pen – R. Viljoen, M Bosman
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jonathon White (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Josh Noonan (New Zealand)
Television match official: Kane McBride (New Zealand)


Crusaders : 1. Wyatt Crockett , 2. Ti’i Paulo , 3. Ben Franks , 4. Chris Jack , 5. Sam Whitelock , 6. George Whitelock , 7. Richie McCaw (c) , 8. Thomas Waldrom , 9. Kahn Fotuali’i , 10. Dan Carter , 11. Sean Maitland , 12. Ryan Crotty , 13. Tim Bateman , 14. Jared Payne , 15. Colin Slade

16. Dan Perrin , 17. Owen Franks , 18. Brad Thorn , 19. Jonathan Poff , 20. Andy Ellis / Willi Heinz , 21. Dan Bowden , 22. Zac Guildford

Cheetahs : 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas 13 Corne Uys, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Barend Pieterse, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Walti Vermeulen, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.

Reserves: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Nico Breedt, 19 Philip van der Walt, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Robert Ebersohn.

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