Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Brumbies in Canberra




The second match on Saturday in Super Rugby Round One is in Christchurch where two former champions – the Crusaders and Brumbies –  kick off their seasons.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Glen Jackson blows his whistle to start the match and we are underway.

2.00: The Crusaders look dangerous early on as they press the Brumbies back into their 22. They are really asking the Brumbies defence some questions.

4.00: The Crusaders go through 14 phases of relentless attack which finishes with a long pass out wide from Israel Dagg to Seta Tamanivalu who scores in the corner. TRY!

5.00: Richie Mo’unga adds the conversion and the Crusaders have a 7 point lead after five minutes.

10.00: The Crusaders continue to pin the Brumbies back in their half but then get pinged for not releasing the ball so the Brumbies are awarded a penalty and kick for touch.

12.00: The Brumbies win their line out and then win another penalty. Wharenui Hawera will have a shot at the posts.  He nails it and the Brumbies are on the board.

15.00: Penalty to the Brumbies after the Crusaders press them back to their 22. Hawera clears the ball into touch.

19.00: The Brumbies win a scrum in their half but get pressed backwards and they have to clear the ball with a kick which goes straight to Israel Dagg. The Crusaders counter attack and win penalty for playing the ball on the ground. The Crusaders kick for touch and the line out.

22.00: The Crusaders set up a scrum in the Brumbies 22 but concede a penalty. The Brumbies clear the ball into touch.

23.00: Israel Dagg is tackled in the air as he goes to catch the ball by James Dargaville. The TMO is called upon to review the tackle. TV commentators say that it is not even a penalty but the officials disagree and show James Dargaville a yellow card.

24.00: The Crusaders take the line out for the penalty and immediately get the ball on attack on the Brumbies 5m line. They go through 10 phases and get under the posts. Another phase and they lose the ball and the Brumbies clear the ball into touch.

28.00: The Crusaders attack with some loose play in the Brumbies 22 and they almost get through but the final pass gets snapped up Tevita Kuridrani who gets away and then gets caught.

31.00: Israel Dagg goes for the corner and offloads to Whetu Douglas who scores in the corner. TRY!

33.00: Mo’unga takes the conversion kick but misses. James Daragaville returns to the field having completed his time in the sin bin.

37.00: The Brumbies get some time with the ball in the Crusaders half and they go through 6 phases on attack. They keep the ball moving but are not making much ground.

39.00: The Brumbies can’t get through so they kick for touch and the ball goes over the dead ball line giving the Crusaders a scrum on the half way line.

40.00: The Brumbies come away with the ball and Joe Powell slices through the field but the support comes and the ball is lost.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Crusaders 12 Brumbies 3

The second half is underway.

42.00; The Brumbies make an explosive start to the match and they move the ball from side to side and the attack ends with Rory Arnold scoring in the corner.

43.00:Hawera slots the conversion and the Brumbies are right back in this.

47.00: The Brumbies are a much improved side this half and are a lot more competitive. The Crusaders are going to the bench. Crockett and Alaalatoa replace Franks and Moody.

49.00: David Havili comes on for Seta Tamanivalu.

52.00: The Crusaders set up a scrum on the Brumbies 5m line. They win the scrum but the ball goes back into the scrum and the Brumbies (Fardy) concede a penalty. The Crusaders take another scrum.

54.00: The scrum is reset but goes down before the ball goes in. Reset.

55.00: The Crusaders win the scrum by driving over the line, the ball is picked up by Pete Samu who drops his body over the line and scores. TRY!

57.00: Mo’unga misses the conversion.

62.00: The Crusaders are keeping the Brumbies pinned back in their half and forcing them to kick from deep.

66.00: Penalty to the Brumbies near the half way line. Hawera takes the shot and just gets it over. Crusaders lead by four.

70.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Mo’unga takes the shot but misses.

72.00: Israel Dagg chips a ball ahead and races down the wing but is just beaten as the Brumbies sweeping defence gets to the ball behind the tryline.

75.00: The Brumbies are looking dangerous and the Crusaders are having to defend for all their worth.

78.00: The Crusaders win a line out in the Brumbies half and are keeping the ball with the forwards to hold on for the win.

80.00: The crusaders hold the ball through 15 phases and after the siren they kick the ball into touch.

The Crusaders have won.

Live In-Play Betting.

The full time score is score is Crusaders 17 (12) Brumbies 13 (3)


Tries – S.Tamanivalu ,W.Douglas, P.Samu
Pen –
Con – R.Mo’unga
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – R.Arnold
Pen – W.Hawera 2
Con – W.Hawera
Drop –
Cards – J.Dargaville (yellow 23rd min)

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Will Houston
TMO :Ian Smith



15 Israel Dagg, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Ereatari Enari, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 David Havili


15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew

Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua’Iali’I-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Dewet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson

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