Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Reds in Christchurch




The Crusaders have played the Reds 25 times in Super Rugby since 1996, and the Crusaders have won 19 matches, losing six times.

The Saders’ 19 wins give them a record of winning 76% of their games against the Queensland Reds regardless of venue.

  • The Crusaders have won 18 of their last 21 Super Rugby matches against the Reds, including each of their previous seven in a row.
  • Scott Robertson’s side is unbeaten in their last 33 home games (W32, D1), a run that began at the beginning of 2017; in fact, the last time a team from outside New Zealand defeated the Christchurch-based side on their patch was the Rebels, Rd 1, 2015. YIKES!
  • The Reds will be searching for their first Super Rugby win in New Zealand since April 2013 (vs Chiefs); they’ve lost 14 consecutive games by an average margin of 19 points since.
  • Queensland has scored 14 tries in the first halves of games this Super Rugby season, four more than any other team in the competition.
  • David Havili (Crusaders) has made 14 offloads this Super Rugby campaign, the most of any player in the competition and more than double the amount of any other campaign.
  • Check out the Super Rugby Conferences and overall standings HERE.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! Referee Rasta Rasivhenge gets us underway in New Zealand at a blustery Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch. Jack Goodhue, playing his 50th game for the Crusaders (49 Super Rugby caps), knocks-on after kick-off.

2.00: Scrum to the Saders just outside the opposition’s 22, however, after a blindside attack, but Scott Barrett cannot catch the pass or stay in touch.

4.00: Another set of rest scrums on the Queensland 5m. They win a penalty, and clear.

6.00: Jock Campbell almost knocks-on, but he recovers, saving the day with a last-ditch clearance-kick from inside his goal-line.

8.00: It’s all Crusaders, who have the Reds pinned inside their 22.

10.00: Alex Mafi looks perplexed as the South African referee believes the Reds collapsed their 5m scrum. Another scrum is collapsed; another penalty, another scrum. Scott Barrett would normally kick to the corner, so let’s see what happens.

11.00: TRY! Joe Moody crashes over for the opening score. The scrum collapses, but the hosts take possession and got left to the posts. Moody, picks up at the base of the ruck and the prop drives low for the chalk; he cannot be stopped from close range. 5-0

12.00: CONVERSION! Richie Mo’unga, with his first kick of the season, makes no mistake. 7-0

14.00: The Reds go 10 phases but cannot cross the line; they win a penalty and go to the corner.

15.00: TRY! Chris Feauai-Sautia finishes off a slick backline move, and scores in the corner after the ‘Saders run out of defenders. 7-5

17.00: MISS! Campbell’s kick is wide. 7-5

18.00: The hosts win a penalty inside the opposition’s 22; instead of going to the corner, Barrett opts for posts, which is somewhat strange.

20.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga doesn’t mind, adding three more. 10-5

21.00: Back come the Reds, they are inside the Kiwis’ 22; however, the ball is intercepted, and the home team counter-attack from deep.

22.00: A comedy of errors leads to Isaac Lucas booting the ball away, although, not out. Here we go!

23.00: PENALTY! Scott Barrett asks about a previous Reds tackle, but the ref tells him that he is happy. Isaac Lucas boots the ball to the 22.

25.00: Another 10-phase attack from Queensland is almost lost, but Barrett loses possession. The visitors are hammering away at the Crusaders try-line.

26.00: NO TRY, TMO REVIEW! Mr Rasivhenge asks TMO Shane McDermott if Harry Wilson has scored from close range. Did the number eight ground the ball? Rasta thinks Wilson is short, but the No 8 looks to have knocked-on.

26.00: TRY! The Reds are level. Wilson is awarded the try, his second try his career and season. 10-all

26.00: MISS! OH, DEAR! That is a horrible miss. 10-all

28.00: Hamish Stewart scoops up George Bridge’s – playing at fullback – knock-on and boots the ball away to the Crusaders 22.

29.00: Tom Christie gets caught for not rolling away (surprise, surprise) and is pinged by the ref. It was another 10-phase series of attacks by Brad Thorn’s charges. They opt for a scrum instead of the points.

31.00: Some big defence keeps the Reds out. Wilson is adjudged to have lost the ball forward in contact, so the Crusaders get the scrum on their 5m. That is a COSTLY mistake, mark my words.

34.00: The Crusaders have made their way down the field, punching the ball through the phases.

35.00: The attack continues, moving into its 13th phase with a penalty advantage to the hosts.

36.00: UNBELIEVABLE DEFENCE by Queensland! Thorn’s men withstand a battering 19-phase two- minute attack, winning a ruck-penalty to halt the 10-time defending champions.

38.00: Wilson gets pinged for holding; he should have passed instead of making contact. That’s a possible 10 points left on the field by the Reds.

39.00: Offside by Scott Robertson’s side give the visitors a last chance to take a halftime lead into the shed.

40.00: A tackle without the ball by the Crusaders leads to another penalty. It was against Craig Taylor. The Reds kick to the corner; they want a try, they NEED a try.

41.00: YELLOW CARD! Another penalty in the RED ZONE leads to Tom Sanders getting a 10-minute break. 10-all

42.00: The Crusaders have conceded five penalties in five minutes, four inside their 22. The Ref has had enough. It is eight penalties in total.

42.00: KNOCK-ON! Superb defending by the home team to keep the Reds out. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto knocked on bringing an end to an entertaining half of Super Rugby in New Zealand.

The halftime score was Crusaders 10 Reds 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in the Land of the Long White Cloud. The second half starts, much like the first, with another Crusaders’ knock-on.

43.00: JP Smith apologises for his high tackle; the Crusaders go to the corner. Here we go.

44.00: TRY! That is a body blow for the Reds. Bridge bounces Henry Speight, and charges towards the chalk. Hunter Paisami and Campbell try to stop the fullback, but cannot. Bridge’s powerful leg-drive sees him power over for the lead. 15-10

45.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga is three from three. 17-10

46.00: The Reds are already inside the Crusaders’ 22, battering away at the line.

47.00: TRY! Taniela Tupou barges his way over from close range. We have a game here in Christchurch. 17-15

48.00: MISS! A change of kicker does not result in a change of fortune. 17-15

50.00: A mistake by Bridge allows the Reds to attack inside his team’s 22.

52.00: The Reds have gone 15 phases inside the 22. The Crusaders defence stands firm, winning possession after a knock-on in contact. Mo’unga clears the danger to the delight of the crowd.

54.00: TRY! A sensational attack, started by Goodhue, who broke from his half before offloading to Ere Enari. the halfback combined with Mitchell Dunshea, who takes the hit before sending Leicester Faingaanuku away. 22-15

55.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the extras. 24-15

59.00: The Crusaders have been off the boil, but have a two-score lead. The Reds, on the other hand, lead all the stats except on the scoreboard.

62.00: The Reds are back inside the opposition’s 22; they have a series of reset scrums.

65.00: The Reds have spent 12 and a half minutes inside the Crusaders’ 22. The hosts, only shy of six minutes.

66.00: Penalty goes to the home team for Tupou’s collapse.

68.00: The Crusaders have an attacking lineout on the 22.

70.00: The Crusaders cannot score, giving away a penalty to release the pressure.

72.00: TRY! Speight finishes off a sublime attack to make it a four-point game. 24-20

73.00: MISS! Another miss. The kicking has killed the Reds. 24-20

75.00: Robertson’s men are under the pump; the Reds are flying around the park, looking for a first win in Christchurch this century.

77.00: Scrum to the Reds inside the home team’s half.

78.00: Penalty to the Crusaders for collapsing by the visitors.

79.00: Oliver Jager knocks on near the Reds’ 22. One more chance for the Australians. ONE MORE!

81.00: Penalty to the Reds, this time; they kick for touch.

84.00: NO TRY! Sevu Reece thinks he’s scored, but the TMO review rules out the try. The Reds were superb but go away with another loss in Christchurch. 24-20


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The final score is Crusaders 24 (10) Reds 20 (10)


Tries – Moody, Bridge, Faingaanuku
Pen – Mo’unga
Con – Mo’unga (3)
Drop –
Cards – Sanders (Yellow, 41′)

Tries – Feauai-Sautia, Wilson, Tupou, Speight
Pen –
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Shane McDermott



Head Coach: Scott “Razor” Robertson

15 George Bridge, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Dallas McLeod (debut), 11 Leicester Faingaanuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Ere Enari, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Cullen Grace, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Scott Barrett (captain), 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Brodie McAlister, 17 George Bower, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Manasa Mataele.


Head Coach: Brad Thorn

15 Jock Campbell, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Isaac Lucas, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (captain), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith.

Replacements: 16 Ed Craig, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Filipo Daugunu.

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