Crusaders give Auckland the Blues



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The Crusaders scored 39 unanswered points and put themselves back on top of the log thrashing the Blues 39-10 at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. All Black No. 10 Daniel Carter kicked 22 points for the Crusaders who had a slow start going down 10-0 in the first quarter.

As with their past games this year the Crusaders started slow but put the power on in the 2nd half. The Blues looked like they were going to put up a good fight with Howlett going over after only a few minutes. Nacewa converted the try and a penalty followed.

As far as the Blues scoring went that was all they could do as the Crusaders dominated. The Crusaders went on to score three tries and missed out on the bonus point but Crusaders and All Blacks star Richie McCaw scored two tries himself.

At the halftime mark Joe Rokocoko was binned for a professional foul although the call may have been a bit harsh. The card gave the Crusaders another penalty and Carter put the ball between the posts to bring the Crusaders within a point being 10-9 down as they ran off the field for half time.

In the second half the Crusaders turned up the heat and ran over three tries. Leo’o dived over the line for the Crusaders after a number of attempts by the Crusaders.

McCaw’s first needed the TV ref as he pushed the ball on to the bottom of the padding on the post. His second needed no further adjudication when he was found on the wing when the Crusaders created the overlap thanks to the Blues Ali Williams being sent off with a yellow card minutes earlier.

The Blues have a BYE next week and they will need to use that time to get their house in order. The Crusaders will head for the Chiefs home ground where they will try get beat the third NZ team in a row.

Final Score Crusaders 39 Blues 10



McCaw 2

Carter 2

Carter 6






Crusaders: 15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Caleb Ralph, 12 Cameron McIntyre, 11 Scott Hamilton, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Kevin Senio, 8 Mose Tuiali’i, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Reuben Thorne, 5 Brad Mika, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Campbell Johnstone, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Greg Somerville.

Reserves: 16 Tone Kopelani, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Kevin O’Neill, 19 Johnny Leo’o, 20 Andrew Ellis, 21 Stephen Brett, 22 Casey Laulala.

Blues: 15 Isa Nacewa, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Rua Tipoki, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Tasesa Lavea, 9 John Senio; 8 Nick Williams, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Troy Flavell, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: 16 Tim Dow, 17 Saimone Taumoepeau, 18 Kurtis Haiu, 19 Angus Macdonald, 20 Junior Poluleuigaga, 21 Vili Waqaseduadu, 22 Brent Ward.

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