Southern Kings

Crusaders beat Southern Kings in Christchurch



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The Southern Kings will make their overseas debut against seven time Super Rugby champions Crusaders on Saturday in Christchurch.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. A hamstring injury has ruled Israel Dagg out of this week’s match so Zac Guildford comes into the starting line up and Tom Marshall in at 15.
0.01: Demetri Catrakilis kicks off and we are underway.
1.00: The Kings win an early penalty so Demetri Catrakilis gets a shot at the posts. Strange decision as Whitelock was taken out in the air.  Catrakilis takes the kick and nails it. The Kings lead.
3.00: The Crusaders have the ball and they are in the Kings 22. They are really testing the Kings defence. They go through the phases and Guildford passes to George Whitelock who scores the first TRY!
5.00; Dan Carter takes the conversion and nails it. The Crusaders lead.
7.00: As expected the Kings are being tested Robbie Fruean makes a break down the wing but is caught. The Crusaders win a penalty in the Kings half so they will go for posts.
8.00: Dan Carter takes the kick and nails it.
11.00: Kieran Read breaks and sets up Matt Todd who makes a break. The Kings stop him but they are being tested.
12.00: The attack is relentless from the Crusaders and eventually the Kings get stretched and Wyatt Crockett scores the second TRY!
13.00 Carter adds the conversion. It’s more than a point a minute for the home side.
15.00: Penalty to the Kings about 43m out. Catrakilis takes the kick but it’s short.
18.00: Guildford on attack and uses the chip kick but it goes straight to Sergeal Petersen who is tripped by Luke Romano so the Kings get a penalty. They kick for touch.
19.00: The Kings win the line out and look dangerous as they get the ball to the 5m line. They win a penalty for entry at the ruck. Catrakilis will kick. He nails it.
23.00: Crusaders get the ball to the 5m line. They win a scrum but drive the Kings 5m back and George Whitelock goes over for his second try.
24.00: Dan Carter takes the conversion and nails it. Crusaders back to a point a minute.
28.00: Crusaders still on full attack. Sergeal Petersen almost gets an intercept but is stopped by Willi Heinz.
30.00: The Crusaders are still on full attack in the Kings 25. Willi Heinz slips through a gap and scores the BONUS point try.
31.00: Carter adds the conversion. Still a point a minute.
34.00: Penalty to the Kings. Catrakilis kicks for the corner.
35.00: The Kings have the ball on attack in the Crusaders 22. They look to go wide but the ball goes to ground. They regather and resume their attack. Petersen is stopped dead in his tracks and the Kings resume. Eventually they win a penalty and kick for touch again.  
39.00: Kieran Read drives through the Kings attempted maul and forces the turnover as the Kings knock on. The Crusaders have a 5m defensive scrum. They win the scrum and after a couple of phases Carter kicks the ball out but does not find touch so the Kings start their attack all over again.
40.00: The Southern Kings win a line out and get their maul going and they drive over the line and they score the first try on New Zealand soil. Wimpie van der Walt.
41.00: Catrakilis adds the conversion.
The Kings had 55% territory and 48% possession in the first half. Missed tackles 8 and the Crusaders missed 2.
The half time score was Crusaders 31 Kings 13
The second half is underway.
42.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Dan Carter takes the kick and nails it.
45.00: Penalty again to the Crusaders for the Kings engaging early in the scrum. They kick for touch and set up the 5m line out.
46.00: Crusaders win the line out and drive over the line. Matt Todd scores the fifth try.
48.00: Carter adds the conversion. Codie Taylor comes on for his Super Rugby debut to replace Corey Flynn.
51.00: Dan Carter comes off and is replaced by Tyler Bleyendaal.
53.00: The Crusaders attack but can’t find a gap. They kick across but the ball goes to Sergeal Petersen who is tackled by Zac Guildford.
55.00: The Crusaders are still applying pressure and they win a Kings short line out and the ball to Luke Whitelock who gets the ball and dodges his way through the Kings defence and scores the sixth Crusaders try!
56.00: Tyler Bleyendaal adds the conversion.
59.00: The Kings get some attacking ball deep in their half. Marcello Sampson shows he has some skill in dodging and some pace but after he passes the ball the Kings knock on.
62.00: Crusaders work the ball into the Kings 22. They stretch the Kings defence again but this time they pass the ball forward and another try goes begging.
66.00: The Crusaders are playing the game in the Kings half. They are not playing with too much intensity and they concede a penalty. The Kings kick for touch.
69.00: The Crusaders win a Kings line out and run the ball. They move the ball to the other side of the field but the ball is knocked on.
74.00: Crusaders building the phases in the Kings 22 but while they are going forward they are lacking the intensity shown in the first half as the bonus point is in the bag.
75.00; The Crusaders go through the motions and George Whitelock is stopped short and then gets up and goes again for the line and scores his hat trick try to bring up the 50 point mark.
76.00:; Blyendaal adds the conversion.
The Southern Kings start their attack from their 22 after an intial break by George Whitehead, they move the ball through the hands and George Whitehead scores!
79.00: Catrakilis adds the conversion.
80.00: The siren sounds and that is it. The Crusaders win.
The full time score is Crusaders 55 (31) Kings 20 (13)


Tries – G Whitelock 3, W Crockett, W Heinz, M Todd, L.Whitelock
Pen – D Carter 2
Con – D Carter 4, T. Bleyendaal 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – W. van der Walt, G Whitehead
Pen – D.Catrakilis 2
Con – D.Catrakilis 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1:Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Keith Brown



1.Wyatt Crockett, 2.Corey Flynn, 3.Owen Franks 4.Luke Romano ,5.Samuel Whitelock, 6.George Whitelock, 7.Matt Todd, 8.Kieran Read (c), 9.Willi Heinz, 10.Dan Carter, 11.Johnny McNicholl, 12.Ryan Crotty, 13.Robbie Fruean, 14.Zac Guildford, 15.Tom Marshall.

Replacements : 16.Codie Taylor, 17.Joe Moody, 18.Dominic Bird, 19.Luke Whitelock, 20.Andy Ellis, 21.Tyler Bleyendaal, 22.AN Other.

Southern Kings

15. George Whitehead, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Ronnie Cooke (Vice Captain), 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Marcello Sampson, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Daniel Adongo, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira (C)

Replacements: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Jaco Engels, 18. Rynier Bernardo, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. Waylon Murray, 22. Elric van Vuuren

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