Crusaders beat Waratahs with bonus point


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This was a score upddate – Full report to follow.






This was shaping up to be quite a match and then the Waratahs lost their promising backliner Timana Tahu and the Crusaders lost Stephen Brett. The Crusaders had a good practice run last week against the Cheetahs while the Waratahs had the bye.

Friday March 21
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Crusaders v Waratahs
Craig Joubert (SA)
Asst. referees: Chris Pollock (NZ), Christie du Preez (SA)
TMO: Kane McBride (NZ)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel (NZ)
Head-to-Head: Played 13, Crusaders 9, Waratahs 4
In Christchurch: Played 7, Crusaders 6, Waratahs 1
Last season: Round 9, March 31 2007: Crusaders 34-33 Waratahs at Aussie Stadium, Sydney


Match Detail


We are waiting for the kick off.


1.00: The Waratahs gave away a penalty almost from the kick off so Dan Carter had a shot at goal for the penalty which he slotted in the 2nd minute.


13.00: The Waratahs were awarded a penalty so they opted for the scrum when they could have gone for the posts. They win the ball back but the ref says Brett Sheehan knocked the ball on BUT the replay shows a Crusaders hand knocked it back (poss McCaw).


19.00: The Crusaders are starting to dominate the match. They run the ball close but the ball gets knocked on just before the line.


24.00: The Crusaders look threatening but they are not quite up to full tempo.


33.00: The Crusaders are being matched by the Waratahs at most levels of the game but the Crusaders look more likely to score the next try.


38.00: Lote Tuqiri gives away a penalty under the new rules so Dan Carter takes a shot at goal and doubles the Crusaders score.


40.02 : The Siren sounds. Half time.


The Half time Score was Crusaders 6 Waratahs 0


40.01: The second half kicks off.


42.00: The Waratahs have come out a little more determined in the second half.


50.00: The Waratahs scored the first try of the match as they break through the Crusaders defence and Wycliff Palu scores the try.


51.00: Kurtley Beale slots the conversion to put the Waratahs in front.


53.00: The Crusaders fire straight back as Casey Laulala catches the ball from a high up and under and he darts for the line.


55.00: Dan Carter takes the conversion from the sideline and gets it.


64.00: The Crusaders take their time and Mose Tuiali’i comes up with a try although they did have to go upstairs to check.


65.00: Dan Carter converted the try.


71.00: The Crusaders come up with another try as Wyatt Crockett scores next to the posts.


73.00 : Dan Carter converts the try.


75.00: Dan Vickerman shows a great burst of pace. The Waratahs retain the ball but as they get to the posts they knock on.  


79.00: The Crusaders put together 12 phases and then up little chip up and Scott Hamilton scores the bonus point try.


 80.00: Dan Carter converts the try.


The full time Score is Crusaders 34 Waratahs 7


Full report to follow.




Tries – Casey Laulala,Mose Tuiali’i, Wyatt Crockett, Scott Hamilton
Pen – Dan Carter (2)
Con – Dan Carter (4)



Tries – Wycliff Palu
Pen –
Con – Kurtley Beale




15. Scott Hamilton , 14. Kade Poki , 13. Casey Laulala ,12. Tim Bateman ,11. Caleb Ralph ,10. Daniel Carter ,9. Andrew Ellis
8. Mose Tuiali’i , 7. Richard McCaw (Canterbury, captain), 6. Kieran Read ,5. Ali Williams ,4. Brad Thorn ,3. Greg Somerville
2. Corey Flynn , 1. Ben Franks

Reserves:16. Ti’i Paulo , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Michael Paterson , 19. Nasi Manu , 20. Kahn Fotuali’i , 21. Hamish Gard , 22. Sean Maitland


1. Sekope Kepu,2. Adam Freier,3. Matt Dunning,4. Dean Mumm,5. Dan Vickerman,6. Rocky Elsom,7. Phil Waugh [c]^,8. Wycliff Palu,9. Brett Sheehan,10. Kurtley Beale,11. Lote Tuqiri,12. Tom Carter,13. Ben Jacobs,14. Alfi Mafi,15. Lachie Turner

Reserves:16. Tatafu Polota-Nau,17. Al Baxter ,18. Will Caldwell,
19. Beau Robinson,20. Josh Valentine*,21. Sam Harris,22. Rob Horne,23rd Man ‘ Benn Robinson

^ 91st NSW Cap ‘ fifth highest all time
* 50th Super Rugby Cap (if used)



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