Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Sharks in Durban




The fifth Super Rugby match on Saturday in Round five is in Durban where the unbeaten Sharks host the Crusaders.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Sharks kick off and the match is underway.

1.00: The Crusaders kick the ball back into the Sharks 22. The Sharks kick it back and the Crusaders counter attack.

2.00: The Crusaders go through the phases on attack but some of the passing is too loose. The Sharks turn the ball over and kick upfield.

3.00: The ball changes sides a couple of times and the whistle goes as a Crusaders player is down. It’s Ryan Crotty who is down. Possibly winded or shoulder. He carries on.

5.00: The Crusaders win a penalty from the scrum. Richie Mo’unga takes the shot but misses.

10.00: Penalty for holding on to the Crusaders. They kick to the corner. The Sharks get to the ball and kick it upfield.

11.00: Nemani Nadolo gets the ball on the wing but he is shoved into touch. The Crusaders win the line out and after a couple of phases Mo’unga chips the ball up and chases, Willie le Roux kicks up field and the ball JUST bounces in and then into touch.

17.00: The Crusaders have the ball in the Sharks half. A chip kick gets them into the Sharks 22 but the ball is lost. Johnny McNicholl is down injured so there is a break in play. He carries on.

20.00: The Sharks have a defensive scrum just outside their 22. The Sharks kick deep and the Crusaders counter attack. They use the grubber and the ball rolls into touch in the Sharks 22.

21.00 The Sharks win the line out and Reinach clears the ball.

23.00: Penalty to the Crusaders from the scrum. They kick for touch. The Crusaders win the line out, use the maul and then run it.

23.00: The ball slows but the Crusaders set up the backs and Nadolo bashes through and offloads to David Havili who scores. TRY!

Richie Mo’unga takes the conversion kick and nails it. Crusaders lead.

27.00: There is another break in play as Nemani Nadolo goes down after connecting in the air with JP Pietersen. Franco Marais is also involved. The Crusaders win a penalty and Nadolo gets back up.

32.00: Penalty to the Crusaders from the scrum. They kick for touch. The Crusaders win the line out but then the ball goes back into touch.

35.00: The Crusaders move the ball down the line but Lwazi Mvovo races away to the tryline and scores. TRY! Mvovo was so out of position the Crusaders would probably have scored had the ball gone to hand. Pietersen misses the conversion. No wait, he gets another shot as someone moved.

37.00: Pietersen takes his second shot for the conversion and this one he nails. The scores are level.

39.00: The Crusaders have a scrum. They get the advantage. The ball comes out but they are called back for the penalty. The Crusaders are giving the Sharks a lesson in scrumming. Mo’unga will kick for posts.

41.00: Mo’unga takes the kick. He misses.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Sharks 7 Crusaders 7

The Crusaders kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Mo’unga takes the kick but misses.

44.00: The Crusaders are making all the plays and then they lose the ball to ground, Mvovo picks up the ball and races to the line and scores. TRY!

45.00: Pietersen takes the conversion kick and nails it.

48.00: The touchie comes in and reports some foul play and a recommendation for a yellow card. The TMO is called in. David Havili is yellow carded and an original penalty is reversed and awarded to the Sharks. The Sharks kick for touch.

49.00: The Sharks win the line out and attack but they lose the ball and the Crusaders turn it over and they lose the ball into touch.

51.00: The Crusaders get the overlap and Nadolo goes for the line in the corner. The TMO is called in but it looks like he got the ball down. Its a TRY!

52.00; Mo’unga takes the conversion but he misses.

52.00: Oh wow. The Crusaders take a quick line out and Kieron Fonotia races down the wing, he passes to Johnny McNichol who scores. The try is awarded but wait – the whistle goes and Peyper asks for a TMO review which reveals a foot was in touch. No try.

54.00: The Sharks make a mess of the line out so the Crusaders get the scrum put in. The Crusaders win the scrum and pass the ball out. They go wide and then change side but the ball is lost forward. Tension with the players is HIGH and it looks like it could break out at any moment. Two players are down injured. Philip van der Walt will be stretchered off.

56.00: The match resumes as he is driven off in the medical buggy. The Sharks have a scrum. They win the scrum put in after it collapses.

57.00: Penalty from the scrum to the Sharks. They kick for touch. Havili comes back on so the Crusaders are back to 15.

59.00; The Crusaders win a penalty from the line out. They kick for touch.

60.00: The Crusaders win the line out and get the ball to the Sharks 22m line. They lose the ball and Andre Esterhuizen kicks it into touch. The Crusaders win the line out again. They attack and Nadolo almost gets through but his pass is loose and goes into touch. The Crusaders give away a penalty at the line out so Pietersen clears the ball into touch.

63.00: The Crusaders turn the ball over again. Its been all the Crusaders doing the playing and the Sharks having to scramble everywhere. The Crusaders attack again and they get to the Sharks 22.

65.00: The Crusaders go through 9 phases and they lose the ball. Cobus Reinach kicks ahead and Willie le Roux chases. He races away and scores. TRY! No wait! Le Roux was ahead of the kicker so no try.

67.00: Etienne Oosthuizen goes down in the scrum and gets some attention. He carries on after some help.

70.00: The Crusaders attack again and they just want to run the ball. They go through 10 phases as the Sharks hang on and scramble everywhere across the field.

71.00: 14 phases and the Crusaders continue to attack, on the 15th phase Kieran Read slips through and scores. TRY!

72.00: Nadolo adds the conversion.

76.00: The Sharks keep kicking the ball away to the Crusaders giving them attacking ball. The Sharks try the high ball and chase. The Crusaders get the ball but knock on.

79.00: The Sharks clear the ball into touch following a penalty. The Sharks win the line out. They set up a maul but there is obstruction so the Crusaders have a penalty.

The Crusaders kick the ball into touch and they have won.

The full time score is Sharks 14 (7) Crusaders 19 (7) 


Tries – L.Mvovo 2
Pen –
Con – J.Pietersen 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries -D.Havili, N.Nadolo, K.Read
Pen –
Con – R.Mo’unga, N.Nadolo
Drop –
Cards – D.Havili (48th min yelllow)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Johan Greeff



15. Willie le Roux , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Joe Pietersen , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Philip van der Walt , 7. Jean-Luc du Preez , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Coenie Oosthuizen , 2. Franco Marais , 1. Tendai Mtawarira (C)

Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Juan Schoeman , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Hyron Andrews , 20. Daniel du Preez , 21. Michael Claassens , 22. Garth April , 23. Odwa Ndungane


1. Joe Moody,2. Codie Taylor,3. Owen Franks ,4. Scott Barrett,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. Jordan Taufua,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (C),9. Andy Ellis,10. Richie Mo’unga,11. Nemani Nadolo,12. Ryan Crotty,13. Kieron Fonotia,14. Johnny McNicholl,15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Wyatt Crockett,18. Mike Alaalatoa,19. Luke Romano,20. Jimmy Tupou,21. Tim Boys,22. Mitchell Drummond,23. Ben Volavola


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