Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Rebels in Sydney




The Crusaders have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce against the Rebels, scoring an average of 62 points per game.

The Saders picked up a 66-0 win in their last encounter (June 2019) – the biggest win by any team not to concede a point on the day in Super Rugby history.

  • The Crusaders have won 11 of their last 12 Super Rugby games away from home against Australian opposition (L1), including two wins from two attempts in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman across which they have scored 117 points.
  • The Rebels have lost their last three Super Rugby games on the bounce at Leichhardt Oval after winning their first two games at the Sydney venue.
  • No team has won more turnovers per game in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman than the Rebels (8 – also Highlanders), who have won three per game more than the Crusaders (5).
  • Will Jordan has scored seven tries in his last six Super Rugby games, including three in his last two games; this will be his first-ever game against the Rebels in a Super Rugby competition.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Leichhardt Oval, Sydney.

2.00: The Crusaders need to win by 32 points and with a bonus point if they are to progress to the Super Rugby final.

3.00: TRY! Mitchell Drummond darts under Jordan Uelese and over from close range. The Rebels lost their lineout, the Saders went route one, and it did not take long to open the scoring. 0-5

4.00: CONVERSION! Richie Mo’unga adds the two. 0-7

5.00: TRY! Mo’unga breaks through a huge hole from inside his 22. He carries to halfway before sending Will Jordan away for the try. 0-12

6.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the extras. 0-14

7.00: Carter Gordon’s restart is out on the full, scrum on halfway to the Crusaders.

8.00: The Saders win the scrum penalty, Mo’unga boots the ball to the 22.

11.00: This is going to be a long day for the Rebels: if they are not going to make their first-time tackles, or continue to make mistakes inside their 22, this will be 50/60 points.

14.00: TRY! Trevor Hosea barges his way over after a sustained Rebels’ attack. 5-14

15.00: CONVERSION! Carter Gordon adds the extras. 7-14

16.00: Dallas McLoud is off after hitting his head on Frank Lomani’s hip. Manasa Mataele comes onto the wing, Leicester Fainga’anuku moves to the inside centre.

19.00: TRY! superb hands from Mitch Drummond, Manasa Mataele, and Will Jordan sets up Leicester Fainga’anuku, who cuts inside to score his side’s third. 7-19

20.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 7-19

21.00: TRY! Sevu Reece finishes off a sublime counter-attack, started by Scott Barrett and Mo’unga. This is going to be brutal for the Rebels. 7-24

23.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga slots the touchline kick. 7-26

27.00: YELLOW CARD! Jordan is off for 10. 7-26

28.00: The Rebels have good field position, but can they get over their own mistakes and get a second score?

29.00: Cabous Eloff knocks on trying to reach out for the try line.

32.00: Melbourne has been good the last 10 minutes, they have put the Kiwis under pressure as they camp inside their 22.

33.00: Oh dear, Joe Powell loses the ball forward at the base of the ruck killing a glorious chance at a second score.

34.00: Big scrum by the Crusaders to win the penalty; however, the ball does not go into touch and the Rebels counter-attack.

35.00: TRY! Powell makes amends, scoring a brilliant solo try. He sold Braydon Ennor a dummy and sped past George Bower. He beat Manasa Mataele and Reece to the try line. 12-26

36.00: MISS! Gordon cannot make the conversion. 12-26

39.00: Melbourne wins a scrum penalty, they have a chance at a decent last attack before the half.

40.00: OH, NO! The Crusaders win the turnover, near their line. They counter-attack from their 22, but Ennor, with the try line at his mercy, and no defenders in front of him, drops the ball under no pressure. I’ve now seen everything.

The halftime score was Melbourne Rebels 12 Crusaders 26

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Sydney.

43.00: NO TRY! Andrew Kellaway tackles Jordan into touch with a last-ditch try-saver. 12-26

46.00: TRY! Reece walks over in the corner for his second. 12-31

47.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 12-31

50.00: Mo’unga misses touch bringing back the Saders to halfway.

54.00: Melbourne has managed to stem the flow of tries, but they need some scores of their own. They are camped inside the opposition’s 22.

56.00: TRY! Glen Vaihu dives in for his first Super Rugby try. 17-31

57.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 19-31

59.00: TRY! Reece has a hat-trick. 19-36

60.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the two. 19-38

61.00: Time is starting to get tight.

63.00: TRY! Frank Lomani finishes in the corner after a mistake by the Saders. 24-38

64.00: CONVERSION! Gordon makes no mistake. 26-38

65.00: It’s all Saders here.

66.00: TRY! Oliver Jager is over. 26-43

67.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 26-45

68.00: YELLOW CARD! Steve Cummins is off. 26-45

71.00: TRY! Ennor is over, he makes up for his previous error. 26-50

72.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the two. 26-52

75.00: NO TRY! Leicester Fainga’anuku’s try is chalked off for a double movement. 26-52

78.00: It’s all Rebels at the death, who look likely to score.

81.00: Game over! The Crusaders have to wait for the result of the Blues vs Force match to see if they qualify for the final.


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The final score is Rebels 26 (12) Crusaders 52 (26)


Tries – Hosea, Powell, Vaihu, Lomani
Pen –
Con – Gordon (3)
Drop –
Cards – Cummins (Yellow, 68′)

Tries – Drummond, Jordan, Fainga’anuku, Reece (3), Jager, Ennor
Pen –
Con – Mo’unga (6)
Drop –
Cards – Jordan (Yellow, 27′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2: Matt Kellahan
TMO: James Leckie


Melbourne Rebels

5 George Worth, 14 Frank Lomani, 13 Andrew Kellaway, 12 Glen Vaihu, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Carter Gordon, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Michael Wells (captain), 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Rob Leota, 3 Cabous Eloff, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr

16 James Hanson, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Rhys Van Neck, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Ross Haylett-Petty, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Young Tonumaipea, 23 Ilikena Vudogo


15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Dallas McLeod, 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Sione Havili Talitui, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett (captain), 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Brodie McAlister, 1 George Bower

16 Nathan Vella, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Fergus Burke, 23 Manasa Mataele


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