Crusaders beaten by Chiefs


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The Crusaders unbeaten run came to an abrupt end in the first match of Round 10 of the Super 14 as the Chiefs beat the Crusaders by 18 points to 5.

The Crusaders had a shocker of a first half by their own standards conceding two tries to nil as they were down 18-0 at the break.

What made the scoreline even more surprising was that the Chiefs were down to 14 men for 10 minutes after Toby Lynn was sent to the bin for playing the ball on the ground. During his time in the bin the Chiefs scored 10 points.

The second half was not much better for the Crusaders are the pressure mounted and appeared to get to them as they made many uncharacteristic mistakes. The Chiefs defence was also outstanding.

The loss may have been costly in other respects for the Crusaders as Casey Laulala was stretchered off two minutes from time.


The Crusaders also failed to pick up a bonus point for finishing within 7.

Flyhalf Stephen Donald won man of the match and passed 100 points for the season. Donald kicked two penalties and a conversion and had a hand in the two tries that gave the Chiefs an 18-0 lead at halftime.

He then helped implement an astute kicking game which kept teh Crusaders pinned down and limited to a single try throughout the second half.

The Chiefs played and beat the Crusaders at its own game in the first half, creating turnovers, maintaining continuity and splitting the defense with quickly won ruck ball.

Donald handled twice in the movement which led to the Chiefs first try, scored by All Black winger Sitiveni Sivivatu in the 14th minute.

He carried the ball forward in the initial break then ranged around the breakdown to quickly transmit the ball on the short side to Sivivatu who only had to step through the last tackle to score.

In the 30th minute, Donald retrieved his own kick and passed to prop Simms Davison who fended off one tackler and sprinted 25 meters to score the Chiefs’ second try.

Donald’s conversion, added to his second-minute penalty, completed the Chiefs scoring and carried him past 100 points for the season.

The Chiefs slipped from fourth to eighth on the championship table when they had a bye in last week’s ninth round, but their win Friday restored their claim to a top-four place.

“I’m really proud of my boys. To beat a team which hasn’t been beaten until this game is very pleasing,” Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina said.

“We’ve leaked a few tries this season but this week we focused on our defense and it showed out there tonight.”

The Chiefs , urged on by a capacity crowd of 25,000, made several of its most significant breaks around the fringes of breakdowns where All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and the Crusaders other loose forwards were off their games.

“We made mistakes, they capitalized and played at the right end of the field,” McCaw said.

“At the breakdowns, everywhere really, they had more intensity than we did.


Final Score Chiefs 18 Crusaders 5





Tries – Sitiveni Sivivatu,Simms Davison
Pen – Stephen Donald (2)
Con – Stephen Donald
Cards – Toby Lynn (yellow)



Tries – Andrew Ellis
Pen –
Con –


Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges: Steve Walsh (New Zealand), Brent Murray (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Assessor: Kim Eichmann (New Zealand) 


Mils Muliaina (captain), Lelia Masaga, Richard Kahui, Dwayne Sweeney, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Stephen Donald, Brendon Leonard, Sione Lauaki, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Kevin O’Neill, Toby Lynn, Ben Castle, Tom Willis, Simms Davison.

Aled de Malmanche, Ben May, Jay Williams, Faifili Levave, Jamie Nutbrown, Murray Williams, Sosene Anesi.


Scott Hamilton, Sean Maitland, Casey Laulala, Tim Bateman, Caleb Ralph, Stephen Brett, Andrew Ellis, Mose Tuiali’i, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read, Ali Williams, Brad Thorn, Greg Somerville, Corey Flynn, Ben Franks.

Ti’i Paulo, Wyatt Crockett, Ross Filipo, Nasi Manu, Kahn Fotuali’i, Hamish Gard, Kade Poki.


SAPA – AP   

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