Crusaders win Seventh Super Rugby title


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The Crusaders won the Super 14 on Saturday by beating the Waratahs by 20 points to 12. It is their Seventh Super rugby title.

It was a titanic battle as both teams showed fantastic defence. The Waratahs led at the break after winger Lachie Turner scored two tries for the tourists.

The Waratahs thre everything at the Crusaders but they held strong even when they were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes after Brad Thorn was sent to the bin for a punch.

Dan Carter looked to have sealed the win for the Crusaders with a drop goal with 10 minutes to go. The points were crucial as it meant that the Waratahs had to score a converted try which would have been all the more difficult as their kicker Kurtley Beale had gone off injured.


Once Beale had gone off the Waratahs lost some structure and the game swung in favour of the Crusaders. In the second half the Waratahs failed to score a point.


Frustration got to the Waratahs with five minutes to go and captain Phil Waugh gave away a penalty for tackling a player without the ball which allowed Dan Carter to put the result beyond doubt with a penalty kick.


Final Score Crusaders 20 Waratahs 12  





Tries – Mose Tuiali’i

Pen – Dan Carter (4)

Con –

Cards – Brad Thorn
Drop – Dan Carter



Tries –  Lachie Turner (2)

Pen –

Con – Kurtley Beale


Venue : AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Date : Saturday May 31, 7.35pm
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant Referee One: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Referee Two: Cobus Wessels (South Africa)
Television Match Official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)



Leon MacDonald, Kade Poki, Casey Laulala, Tim Bateman, Scott Hamilton, Daniel Carter, Andy Ellis, Mose Tuiali’i, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read, Ali Williams, Brad Thorn, Greg Somerville, Ti’i Paulo, Wyatt Crockett.
Reserves: Steve Fualau, Ben Franks, Reuben Thorne, Nasi Manu, Kahn Fotuali’i, Stephen Brett, Sean Maitland.



Sam Norton-Knight, Lachie Turner, Rob Horne, Tom Carter, Lote Tuqiri, Kurtley Beale, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, Phil Waugh (captain), Rocky Elsom, Dan Vickerman, Dean Mumm, Al Baxter, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson.

Reserves: Adam Freier, Matt Dunning, Will Caldwell, Beau Robinson, Brett Sheehan, Matt Carraro, Timana Tahu.

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