Crusaders crush rampant Reds in last 20


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The Reds started off well with a try that was disallowed for taking a player out in the air. Only a few minutes later the Reds were over again, this time legally

Flatley missed the conversion but his counterpart Daniel Carter went on to miss his first three kicks at goal. Quite a few of the Crusaders players seemed to off colour and for all but the last 15 minutes when Latham went off it looked like the Reds were going to sneak it.

Too many time the Reds tried to go long in the line outs but lost the line out each time and this gave the Crusaders some of their only attacking opportunities.

McDonald, Gear and even McCaw had shocking moments where they looked like schoolboys knocking on.

The Crusaders looked tired in the second half and just couldn’t get it together and were behind until the 65th minute. When they did get it together they were on fire with try after try. Carter got in for two and found his kicking Radar that was well off for the first half.

Clearly frustrated, at one point Carter stood looking at the posts for about a minute after his kick went wide.

All of the Crusaders first half woes were quickly forgotten when they hit form outscoring the Reds 6 tries to two by full time. The final score of 21-47 shows a very different picture to what the game looked like. The Reds were rampant with Latham on and when he left they were reduced to rubble.

Latham and Mitchell were the standouts for the Reds but Carter’s last 20 minutes superseded all that the Reds did and he alone scored 22 to the Reds 21.

Crusaders now go top of the log and are still on track for another Super 14 title.

Full time score Reds 21 Crusaders 47 (Ht Reds 14 Crusaders 11)





Flatley 3

Drop goals


Carter 2

Carter 3


Drop goals



1. Greg Holmes
2. Sean Hardman
3. Rodney Blake
4. Mark Connors
5. James Horwill
6. Hugh McMeniman
7. David Croft
8. Mitchell Chapman
9. Sam Cordingly
10. Berrick Barnes
11. Drew Mitchell
12. Elton Flatley
13. Julian Huxley
14. Henari Veratau
15. Chris Latham


16. Stephen Moore
17. Tom Court
18. Cameron Treloar
19. Tom McVerry
20. Josh Valentine
21. Lloyd Johansson
22. Caleb Brown


1. Greg Somerville
2. Corey Flynn
3. Campbell Johnstone
4. Chris Jack
5. Ross Filipo
6. Reuben Thorne
7. Richard McCaw
8. Mose Tuiali`i
9. Kevin Senio
10. Daniel Carter
11. Caleb Ralph
12. Aaron Mauger
13. Casey Laulala
14. Rico Gear
15. Leon MacDonald


16. Tone Kopelani
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Brad Mika
19. Johnny Leo`o
20. Andrew Ellis
21. Cameron McIntyre
22. Steven Yates

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