Crusaders cruise to another win




The Crusaders cruised to another win this week against The Cats who actually led the Crusaders for a short while at the start of the match. Eventually the Crusaders left the field after racking up 43 points to the Cats 15.

The Cats got an early try by captain Wikus van Heerden and another one from Klein Jan Tromp but those two tries were not enough as the Crusaders ran in six tries. At half time the scores were level at 12-12 as the Cats put in what was arguably their best performance this season.

They were a different side to the one that got hammered by the Waratahs last week and this week they never gave up even when they conceded three penalties in three minutes after the hooter. The two tries that they scored in this match doubled their try total for the year to date.

In the second half the Crusaders turned on the power and in particular the last 15 as they have done a few times this season.

The two stars of the show for the Crusaders were Mauger and MacDonald who both crossed the line twice. Ellis and Jack also crossed the line in the last few minutes.

Whilst The Crusaders won the match easily the Cats looked like they could have earned a draw with 15 minutes to go and only when the big named replacements came on did the game really turn in favour of the Crusaders.

McCaw got his try from a lineout where he was able to run through a scrappy line to dot the ball down on the line as a Cats player tried to boot it out of his hand. Ellis’ try was really inevitable as the Cats gave away penalty after penalty in the last minute.

The difference that this Crusaders team has is that they never stop trying to score tries. Almost any other team would have kicked the ball out in the first of their three penalties after the hooter. The Bonus point and the match had both been won so there was little gain other than points differential which they currently lead anyway.

The Crusaders look so good at the moment that it looks like it will have to be a very special team that turns them over. Most of their tough games against the top teams will be played at home.

The toughest match for the Crusaders may only come in week 13 when the take on the Bulls at Loftus but that is a long way off and they have next week off to continue planning their Super 14 domination.



MacDonald 2
Mauger 2

Carter 5



Wikus van Heerden




Crusaders :
15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Scott Hamilton, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Kevin Senio, 8 Brad Mika, 7 Johnny Leo’o, 6 Reuben Thorne (Capt), 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Kevin O’Neill, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Ben Franks.

Reserves: 16 Tone Kopelani, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Chris Jack, 19 Richie McCaw, 20 Andrew Ellis, 21 Cameron McIntyre, 22 Caleb Ralph.

Cats :
Conrad Jantjes, Wylie Human, Jaque Fourie, Doppies la Grange, Jorrie Muller, Earl Rose, Enrico Januarie, Cobus Grobbelaar, Wikus van Heerden (Capt), Gerhard Vosloo, Willem Stoltz, KleinJan Tromp, Dani’l Muller, Delarey du Preez, Pietman van Niekerk.

Reserves: Lukas van Biljon, Lawrence Sephaka, Gordon Gilfillan, Jano Vermaak, Wayne Julies, Tiaan Snyman.

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