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Crusaders beat Lions in Johannesburg



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Super Rugby moves to Johannesburg South Africa in the second match in Round 6 where the Lions host the Crusaders.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview. 

The Crusaders kick off and we are underway.

0.56: The Crusaders win the ball back from a turnover after the kick off and Nemani Nadolo offloads to Ryan Crotty who scores. TRY!

2.00: Richie Mo’unga takes the conversion but it hits the post.

4.00: The Lions try to hit back by running at the Crusaders and they pass the ball down the line, the Lions use the switch pass back and Ruan Combrinck passes to Lionel Mapoe who scores. TRY!

5.00: Elton Jantjies adds the conversion.

7.00: both teams test each other with the boot and the Lions win the contest as Nemani Nadolo drops the ball into touch.

9.00: The Lions win a penalty from the scrum against Wyatt Crockett. Jantjies will kick for posts.

11.00: Jantjies takes the kick but he misses.

12.00: The Lions win the ball back from the restart. They run the ball through 7 phases but then Johnny McNicholl gets an intercept out wide and he races for the line and scores. TRY!

14.00: Richie Mo’unga takes the conversion kick and this one – the more difficult one – he nails.

15.00: The Referee Stuart Berry rules that Matt Todd was obstructing. Its a strange one as he was maintaining his line but the penalty is awarded despite his protesting. Jantjies slots the penalty.

16.00: The Crusaders attack and try the chip through but the Lions get the ball and Jaco Kriel tries to outrun the backs but is caught. The Crusaders turn the ball over and attack on the Lions 5m line.

18.00: The Crusaders keep the pressure on and Wyatt Crocket gets the ball and charges for the line and scores. TRY !

19.00: Mo’unga takes the conversion kick and nails this one too.

21.00: The referee blows his whistle to confer with the TMO for a potential neck roll. It’s a penalty only to the Lions. Janties kicks for touch and finds it in the Crusaders 22.

23.00: The Lions win the line out. They use the maul and then run at the Crusaders. They kick across the field but the ball goes into touch. The Lions have a line out.

24.00: Penalty to the Lions from the line out. They choose another line out. The Lions win the line out but they are tackled quickly. They recycle and spread the ball wide but the ref gets in the way so we have a Lions scrum 5m out.

26.00: The Lions win the scrum and attack the Crusaders. They go wide by Skosan loses the ball. We go back for an advantage of tackler not releasing. Jantjies kicks for touch.

28.00: The Lions win the scrum and use the maul and then Jantjies cuts back in and goes for the line and scores. The TMO reviews it and the TRY is good. Jantjies takes the conversion kick and nails it.

32.00: A scrum falls apart as the turf tears up. The referee says the Crusaders collapsed so the Lions have a penalty. Jantjies takes the kick and nails it.

33.00: The Crusaders put the Lions under some pressure but the Lions turn the ball over and Jantjies kicks for touch.  The Crusaders win the line out but there is a knock on after a charge down. Stuart Berry goes to the TMO again to look for something. A Crusaders player is lifted over the horizontal but he decides to play on and there is no sanction this time. The Lions have a scrum put in.

35.00: The scrum goes down and has to be reset. And again.

36.00: The Crusaders win the scrum and then a penalty. The turf has been ripped up. Kieran Read points out what a nightmare the pitch is to Berry. Mo’unga kicks for touch.

37.00: The Crusaders win the line out and move the ball out wide to Nadolo who goes for the corner but he is just pushed into touch as he goes over. No try. The Lions go long but the Crusaders get the ball and attack.

38.00: The Crusaders send wave after wave at the Lions. Penalty to the Crusaders for offside. The Crusaders will take a shot at the posts.

40.00: Mo’unga takes the kick and nails it as the siren sounds. Crusaders lead and its half time.

Penalties conceded : Crusaders 6 Lions 2.

The half time score was Lions 20 Crusaders 22

The Lions kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: The Crusaders win a penalty for sacking a maul. They kick for touch. The Crusaders win the line out. They attack the Lions in their 22. McNicholl almost gets through but is caught. The ball goes dead and the Lions get a scrum.

43.00: The Lions put the ball into the scrum. They win the scrum and Jantjies chip kicks ahead. The Lions kill the ball and the Crusaders are awarded a penalty for not releasing. They kick for touch.

45.00: The Crusaders win the line out and set the maul but it stops twice and the Lions are awarded a scrum.

46.00: The Lions win the scrum and Mapoe slices through the Crusaders but is then caught. The Lions come into the ruck at the side and concede a penalty. Crusaders kcik for the corner.

47.00: The Crusaders win the line out and Ryan Crotty slices through the Lions and takes two players with him in the tackle and still scores. TRY!

48.00: Mo’unga takes the conversion and nails it.

50.00: The Lions run the ball but they get pushed back to their 22. They kick high and McNicholl takes it and attacks. The Crusaders get the ball to Nadolo and he offloads to Crotty who goes over for his third TRY!

51.00: Joe Moody is on for Wyatt Crockett. Mo’unga slots the conversion.

52.00: The Lions charge down a Crusaders kick but the ball goes into touch. The Crusaders win the line out and clear the ball into touch.

54.00: The Lions run the ball from deep but when it gets to Courtnall Skosan he knocks on.

55.00: The Lions pre-engage so the scrum is re-set. The Lions front row goes down. It gets re-set.

57.00: Again the Lions go down. The scrum is reset. This time the referee awards a penalty to the Lions. Incredible. A fight breaks out and then dies down. The Lions kick for the corner.

58.00: The Lions win the line out and use the maul. The maul stops but this time there is no problem that it has stopped. The Lions play on. The Crusaders are awarded a penalty for not releasing so they kick for touch.

60.00: The Lions have the ball on attack. They go through three phases and the Crusaders turn the ball over.

63.00: The Lions attack the Crusaders after grabbing a loose ball. Mapoe makes a break and races for the line.He is caught but gets the ball to Armand van der Merwe who scores. TRY!

64.00: Jantjies takes the conversion kick and nails it.

65.00: The Crusaders get the ball and counter attack. McNicholl breaks a tackle and offloads to Mitchell Drummond who runs in and scores. TRY!

67.00: Mo’unga adds the conversion.

68.00: The Lions go through 7 phases on attack and they get into the Crusaders 22. They keep the ball alive through 12 phases and on the 13th phase the ball goes tro ground but the Lions are allowed to play on.

70.00: The Lions are awarded a penalty and they take a quick tap and snipe for the line. Dillon Smit appears to have scored. The TMO will check. He has clearly lost the ball so no try. The TMO suggests  the Lions have another penalty. Armand van der Merwe gets the ball and crashes over. TRY!

71.00:Jantjies adds the conversion.

73.00; The Crusaders are putting the Lions under pressure in their half but Berry says the Crusaders are holding on so the Lions have a penalty. Jantjies kicks for touch.

75.00: The Lions attack the Crusaders in their 22 but they are kept out. the Lions set up a line out on the Crusaders 5m line. They win the line out and use the maul but are held up. 5m scrum.

77.00: The scrum goes down so the Lions get another chance.

78.00 : Free kick to the Lions. They run it but knock on in the corner.

79.00: The Lions win the ball back after the line out. They attack the Crusaders on their 22. Penalty to the Lions as the siren sounds for a late tackle.

80.00: The Lions will kick for posts and the losing bonus point.

Janties takes the shot, nails it and the Crusaders have won.

The full time scoreis Lions 37 (20) Crusaders 43 (22)


Tries – L.Mapoe, E.Jantjies, A.van der Merwe 2
Pen – E.Jantjies 3
Con – E.Jantjies 4
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – R.Crotty 3, J.McNicholl, W.Crockett, M.Drummond
Pen – R.Mo’unga
Con – R.Mo’unga 5
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 2:AJ Jacobs
TMO : Johan Greeff



15 Andries Coetzee , 14 Ruan Combrinck , 13 Lionel Mapoe , 12 Howard Mnisi , 11 Courtnall Skosan , 10 Elton Jantjies/Marnitz Boshoff , 9 Faf de Klerk , 8 Warren Whiteley (c) , 7 Warwick Tecklenburg , 6 Jaco Kriel , 5 Franco Mostert , 4 Andries Ferreira/Lourens Erasmus , 3 Julian Redelinghuys , 2 Malcolm Marx , 1 Dylan Smith

Replacements : 16 Armand van der Merwe , 17 Corne Fourie , 18 Ruan Dreyer , 19 Ruan Ackermann , 20 Cyle Brink , 21 Dillon Smit , 22 Jaco van der Walt , 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg


1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks ,4. Luke Romano ,5. Scott Barrett ,6. Jimmy Tupou ,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. Joe Moody,18. Mike Alaalatoa,19. Sam Whitelock , 20. Jordan Taufua,21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Ben Volavola, 23. Sean Wainui..

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