Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Western Force in Perth




The Crusaders have won six of their last seven Super Rugby matches against the Western Force (L1), including their last four in succession – their longest winning run against the Aussies in the history of the competition.

The Crusaders won their recent Super Rugby away match against the Western Force (20-19, Rd 7 2016).

  • Scott Robertson’s side will be aiming for back-to-back away wins for the first time versus the Force.
  • The Western Force have lost their last seven Super Rugby matches at HBF Park; the last time they went on a longer losing run at home was a 10-match span from May 2015 to July 2016.
  • The Crusaders will be looking to avoid back-to-back defeats in Super Rugby for the first time since March 2018, following their 24-21 loss to the NSW Waratahs (30 April 2022).
  • The Force have lost their last 22 Super Rugby matches in succession against New Zealand opposition, their longest losing run; their last victory against a Kiwi team came in Round 6, 2014 (18-15 v Chiefs).
  • The Saders have retained possession on 33 kicks in play, the most of any team in the competition, and 10 more than the Force (23).
  • The Force has stolen 19 lineouts, four more than any other team in the competition, seven more than the Crusaders (12).
  • The Crusaders have gained 102 metres per game from kick returns, the most of any team, and 50 per game more than the Force (52).

Players to watch

  • Manasa Mataele has been directly involved in six tries in his last four appearances in Super Rugby Pacific (4 tries, 2 try assists); this will be his first game against the Crusaders, for whom he played 32 games in the competition from 2017 to 2021.
  • Will Jordan has gained 102 metres per 80 minutes, the most of any player in the competition (min. 15 minutes played).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway in Perth

3.00: The Crusaders win a free kick from a scrum.

4.00: Oh dear, Richie Mo’unga starts running without taping the ball giving the Force an attacking scrum inside the visitor’s 22.

6.00: PENALTY! An early engagement allows Jake Strachan to open the scoring. 3-0

9.00: a couple of handling errors by each side ends with the hosts scrumming on halfway.

11.00: Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, like Nic White for the Brumbies, kicks a raking grubber for a 50/22.

12.00: TRY! Byron Ralston’s mistake leads to the Crusaders taking a quick-tap penalty that ends in five. Leicester Fainga’anuku’s angled run and swivel sees him dot down for his 14th Super Rugby try. 3-5

13.00: MISS! Richie Mo’unga misses his conversion. 3-5

15.00: Kyle Godwin picks up Fainga’anuku’s dropped pass, and begins a counter-attack into the Crusaders’ 22.

16.00: TRY! The Force goes through the phases before Strachan latches onto Kyle Godwin’s grubber and beats Fainga’anuku to the ball to score. 8-5

17.00: MISS! Strachan cannot convert his try. 8-5

20.00: This is an entertaining match at HBF Park. The Force is looking dangerous on the counter-attack, and the Crusaders are conceding needless penalties as the hosts keep up the intensity.

22.00: The Force gets the cleanout wrong at the breakdown, and they lose a second good opportunity from an attacking lineout on the Saders’ line. You just know that it is going to be costly.

25.00: A lot of handling errors from the Kiwis, but the Aussies are not punishing their guests.

27.00: Western Force gets another turnover to clear the danger near their 22. It’s a bit of a stop-start affair in Perth, with both teams making a lot of mistakes.

28.00: Crusaders have an attacking scrum on the Force’s try line.

28.00: TRY! Richie Mo’unga dances around Byron Ralston before sucking in Strachan. Mo’unga draws the fullback to put Fainga’anuku away for a spectacular one-handed diving finish by the flag.

30.00: MISS! Mo’unga cannot convert. 8-10

32.00: Crusaders have a lineout inside the opposition’s 22 after a poor clearance.

33.00: Excellent work by the forwards at the breakdown to win a penalty for the hosts.

36.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga finds his radar. 8-13

38.00: Fainga’anuku is tackled out near the flag by Byron Ralston, but the Saders have a scrum.

39.00: The home team’s supporters boo the ref after he calls the force for offside on their try line.

40.00: TRY! Bryn Hall goes left from the centrefield scrum to Will Jordan. Jordan draws the defender before floating a long cutout pass to Fainga’anuku for the winger’s hat-trick. 8-18

42.00: MISS! The kick is well wide. 8-18

The halftime score was Western Force 8 Crusaders 18

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.

44.00: TRY! Issak Fines-Leleiwasa goes close. Fergus Lee-Warner picks up the ball and snipes around the base of the ruck to score. 13-18

45.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 15-18

47.00: TRY! Pablo Matera takes Bryn Hall’s flat pass and goes through three defenders to score next to the poles. 15-23

47.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 15-25

49.00: TRY! Bridge combined with Cullen Grace to set up a ruck on the try line. Hall recycled quickly to Jordan, who cut inisde the flatfooted Andrew Ready to score. 15-30

51.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 15-32

54.00: Godwin looks to have knocked on, but the ref missed the error. The Force plays on before winning a penalty in the 22.

56.00: The Force botch another two attacking lineouts.

59.00: TRY! Jordan, like a thief in the night, chases Bridge’s chip-kick and plucks the ball away from the covering Ralston and Godwin, and steals in for a brace. 15-37

60.00: CONVERSION! the kick is good. 15-39

64.00: The Force have not been without their chances; however, they cannot break through the white wall.

69.00: TRY! Ethan Blackadder’s linebreak sets up Jordan for his treble! 15-44

71.00: CONVERSION! The kick is once again good. 15-46

76.00: Jordan almost has four, but he has the ball knocked out his hand inside the 22.

78.00: NO TRY! Chay Fihaki’s worldy of a finish is chalked off by the TMO. 15-46

80.00: Crusaders have a lineout on the home team’s 5m.

81.00: TRY! George Bell breaks off a rolling maul and crashes over the whitewash to bring up the half-century. 15-51



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The final score is Force 15 (8) Crusaders 53 (18)


Tries – Strachan, Lee-Warner
Pen – Strachan
Con – Strachan
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Fainga’anuku (3), Matera, Jordan (3), Bell
Pen – Mo’unga
Con – Mo’unga (5)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Matt Kellahan
TMO: Brett Cronan


Western Force: 15 Jake Strachan, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Bayley Kuenzle (captain), 11 Reece Tapine, 10 Reesjan Pasitoa, 9 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 8 Tim Anstee, 7 Ollie Callan, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Ryan McCauley, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Wagner, 18 Bo Abra, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Alex Masibaka, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Grason Makara.

Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 George Bridge, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 David Havili (captain), 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Pablo Matera 7 Sione Havili Talitui, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Cullen Grace, 3 Fletcher Newell, 2 Ricky Jackson, 1 Tamaiti Williams.

Replacements: 16 George Bell, 17 Seb Calder, 18 George Bower, 19 Liam Hallam-Eames, 20 Tom Christie, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Fergus Burke, 23 Chay Fihaki.

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