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Crusaders beat Chiefs in Christchurch



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The Crusaders have played the Chiefs 33 times in Super Rugby since 1996.

There have been no draws between the sides, but the Crusaders have won 20 matches or 61% of the clashes.

  • The Crusaders have won their last four games against the Chiefs in Super Rugby; the last time they won more was an eight-game spree from 1999 to 2006.
  • The Waikato side has won three of their last four away games against the Crusaders in the regular season but fell to a 45-23 defeat in their last such fixture.
  • The Saders have won their last 21 Super Rugby home games by an average margin of 19 points per game.
  • The Chiefs have lost their last four Super Rugby games heading into this fixture; the last time they lost more in succession was a five-game stretch across the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.
  • Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs) has made 33 tackles so far this Super Rugby campaign, the most of any player who is yet to miss an attempt.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kickoff.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Christchurch.

2.00: The Chiefs are enjoying some early possession, but they turn the ball over and are immediately under pressure in their own half. Brodie Retallick is pinged after the Saders went 6 phases.

3.00: Richie Mo’unga misses touch; the Chiefs opt for a scrum from the spot of the kick. Joe Moody was tackled and fell awkwardly. He looks to have injured his ankle or knee, which folded the wrong way in the tackle.

5.00: TRY! Braydon Ennor scores after Jack Goodhue’s brilliance, sucking in two defenders before throwing an outrageous out-the-back door pass to Ennor on the wing to score. The Crusaders counter-attacked after Damian McKenzie gave the ball away. They went 11 phases, cleaning out and getting quick-ball which the Chiefs could not handle. 5-0

7.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the sideline kick. 7-0

8.00: Moody has left the field in some discomfort.

10.00: TRY! TMO Shane McDermott is called into play. The on-field call is “try!” but we checked if Sevu Reece has dotted down. He did, under pressure from McKenzie, who he intercepted inside the Chiefs’ 22. 12-0

11.00: MISS! Mo’unga misses from out wide. 12-0

13.00: Solomon Alaimalo knocks on with the try-line at his mercy. It is all going wrong in the early stages of this match for the away side.

15.00: Scott Barrett is caught offsides. The Chiefs could have sent the ball wide, but their decision making has been poor by Taleni Seu, who took contact, instead.

16.00: Chiefs opt for a scrum.

17.00: The Chiefs’ front row is dominating since Moody left the field; they win another penalty and stick with the scrum set-piece, under the poles.

18.00: TRY! Seu makes up for his earlier error, picking up from the base of the scrum, darting left and carrying two defenders with him over the whitewash. 12-5

19.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie adds the extras. 12-7

22.00: Chiefs knock on after the restart.

23.00: TRY! Will Jordan finishes off a wonderful set-piece first-phase try from centre field. It came from a Chiefs handling mistake and a superb midfield backline move. 17-7

24.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 19-7

26.00: The Crusaders are on the charge and look unstoppable.

27.00: TRY! Way too easy. The Chiefs back-off Goodhue, who sets up near the goal-line. The hosts reset and Andrew Makalio crashes over from close range. 24-7

28.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga slots the touchline conversion. This game is over. 26-7

30.00: The line-speed of Scott Robertson’s charges has been immense, helped by some dodgy handling from the away team.

33.00: Another aimless kick sees the Crusaders launch a counter-attack from deep. The Waikato men are barely hanging on in Christchurch.

35.00: TRY! It’s Jordan at the double. The Crusaders transition from defence to attack at break-neck speed. It started from Alaimalo’s loose pass to nobody. The Saders went wide. Goodhue sucked in two defenders and offloaded to Jordan Taufua. The flanker offloads in the tackle and the fullback beats the cover defence for his second try of the evening. 31-7

36.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds another two from the tee. 33-7

39.00: It’s damage limitation for Colin Cooper’s side.

41.00: The hooter sounds. The Chiefs try to run the ball from their half, but you guessed it, they lose possession and the Saders counter. Lucky for Copper’s men the hosts make a rare handling error.

The halftime score was Crusaders 33 Chiefs 7

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Christchurch.

42.00: Anton Lienert-Brown, the Chiefs’ best player, loses the ball forward. It did not matter because a teammate was caught offsides.

43.00: Mo’unga kicks to the corner.

44.00: TRY! Ere Enari’s checked pass to Michael Alaalatoa draws two defenders, allowing the tighthead to flop over the goal-line. That try went five phases for 12 metres in 36 seconds: Easy as you like. 38-7

45.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga slots his fifth conversion of the night. 40-7

47.00: It must be terrible knowing you have more than 50 minutes to play and cannot win the game. The Chiefs just have to take it on the chin.

48.00: Alaalatoa is caught offsides, the sixth penalty conceeded by the hosts. The Chiefs can’t take the points so they take a scrum, instead.

51.00: TRY! Etene Nanai-Seturo dots down in the corner after some sustained pressure inside the Crusaders’ 22. It was an excellent finish. 40-12

52.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie brings his kick around and through the posts from the touchline. 40-14

53.00: McKenzie gives away a needless penalty, and Mo’unga kicks to the corner.

54.00: The Chiefs win the lineout and break from deep. Oh boy! A massive hit by Reece on Alaimalo sees the fullback get knocked out. It is deemed a legal hit. The fullback is off for an HIA.

58.00: Waikato is going through the phases but struggling to get out their half. Robertson’s men are not committing to the ruck, choosing to fan out and fly out to meet the chiefs at the gain line.

61.00: TRY! David Havili’s no-look offload is sensational, it draws two tacklers and puts Codie Taylor away down the sideline. What’s he doing on the wing? 45-14

63.00: CONVERSION! Brett Cameron gets his first Super Rugby points for the Crusaders. 47-14

65.00: TRY! Bryn Hall finishes off an 80-metre counter-attack from his own 22. Taylor was involved, setting Reece away down the touchline before the winger popped to Hall for the score. 52-14

66.00: MISS! Cameron’s kick is off the post. 52-14

69.00: TRY! Taylor has his second try of the game. It came from a powerful driving maul, which the Chiefs’ forwards did not have the heart to defend. 57-14

70.00: MISS! Cameron’s kick is wide, but as it stands, it is now a record margin defeat for the Chiefs in this fixture. 57-14

72.00: TRY! Jack Debreczeni finishes off a well-worked move. 57-19

73.00: CONVERSION! Debreczeni, rather quickly, dropkicks the conversion. 57-21

74.00: TRY! Mitchell Brown gets in on the act, finishing in the corner. This game is gone, nobody is tackling anymore. 57-26

75.00: CONVERSION! McKenzie, back on kicking duty, slots the touchline kick. 57-28

77.00: The game is winding down. The Chiefs cannot wait to hear the hooter.

79.00: A messy end to the game with some reset scrums.

81.00: The hooter goes, the ball is booted out, ending the nine tries to four points fest.


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The final score is Crusaders 57 (33) Chiefs 28 (7)


Tries – Ennor, Reece, Jordan (2), Makalio, Alaalatoa, Taylor (2), Hall
Pen –
Con – Mo’unga (5), Cameron
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Seu, Nanai-Seturo, Debreczeni, Brown
Pen –
Con – McKenzie (3), Debreczeni
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Nick Hogan
TMO: Shane McDermott


Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty (captain), 11 Braydon Ennor, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Ere Enari, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Harry Allan, 18 George Bower, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 David Havili.

Chiefs: 15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Alex Nankivell.

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