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Crusaders beat Reds in Brisbane



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The Reds have played the Crusaders 24 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Reds have won six and lost 18 matches.

These teams have met three times in the knockout stages of the tournament. Most recently they met in 2013 in the Elimination final. Two years earlier the Reds beat the Crusaders in the Grand final.

  • Since losing to the Reds in the 2011 Final, the Crusaders have won six Super Rugby games in a row against the Queensland side including a come from behind win in their last meeting.
  • The Reds have won each of their last two home games, including a 21- point victory against the Sunwolves at the end of last season, their biggest home win since 2011 (41- 8 v Cheetahs).
  • The Crusaders have won their last 17 games in a row, the longest winning run by any side in the history of Super Rugby.
  • The Crusaders have won 46 of 47 scrums on their own feed across their last seven Super Rugby fixtures.
  • Moses Sorovi (Reds) has scored two tries and provided one try assist in his last two Super Rugby games.

Match detail

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The Crusaders kick off and the match is underway.

3.00: Both sides enjoy a couple of touches of the ball but the Crusaders unintentionally knock on.

4.00: Scrum penalty to the Crusaders for the front row collapsing. The Crusaders kick for touch and take the line out.

6.00: The Crusaders attack in the corner and draw the Reds in. Jack Goodhew kicks across the field to Braydon Ennor who is wide open – no one around him for 20m – so he takes the ball and scores. TRY! Probably the easiest try he has scored.

7.00: Richie Mo’unga takes the conversion and hits the post.

8.00: The Crusaders get the ball in their 22 after the restart and run it. Fullback Will Jordan races away and offload to Ennor who sucks in a defender and passes back to Will Jordan who scores his first Super rugby TRY!

10.00: Mo’unga misses the conversion again.

15.00: The Reds suffer a blow as Jordan Petaia has to leave the field due to injury.

20.00: The Crusaders win a scrum inside the Reds half. They go through 8 phases when the Reds turn the ball over. The Reds try to clear the ball into touch but the Crusaders come up and charge the ball down and into touch.

23.00: The Crusaders come away with the ball after a scrappy line out. They use the box kick and the Reds get to the ball and run it. The Reds kick the ball away after two phases which gives the ball to the Crusaders who run it.

24.00: The Reds turn the ball over and then chip it ahead but into touch.

31.00: The Reds run the ball from inside their half but then kick and the ball goes into touch again.

33.00: The Crusaders win the ball after a line out and run it. The Crusaders move the ball wide on attack but get shoved into touch. Will Jordan has returned to the field after passing a HIA test.

35.00; The Crusaders win the line out and run the ball. They pass the ball forward and the Reds get the advantage so they run the ball into the Crusaders half where they win a penalty for offside. The Reds will go for the points and they kick to the corner for the line out.

37.00: The Reds win the line out. They go through 8 phases on the 5m line gradually edging closer to the line. On the 9th phase Samu Kerevi slices through and dives over to score. TRY! The officials have a second look but all is good.

38.00: Bryce Hegarty adds the conversion.

42.00: The Crusaders look to end the half by adding some more points. They work the ball down into the Reds 22 but the home side hang on. There is a knock on which ends the half.

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The half time score was Reds 7 Crusaders 10

The Reds kick off and the second half is underway.

45.00: The Crusaders are keeping the ball in hand going through the phase. They go through 10 phases but can’t get into the Reds 22.

47.00: 15 phases and the Crusaders continue to attack but now in the Reds 22. 19 phases. It’s slow but steady.

48.00: The Crusaders get the advantage on the 22nd phase so they kick to the corner, the ball goes into touch so they are called back for the penalty. The Crusaders kick to the corner for the line out.

The Crusaders win the line out, drive over the line and the TRY is awarded. It looks like Whetukamokamo Douglas scored.

50.00: Mo’unga just gets the conversion in narrowly missing the post.

51.00: The Crusaders have gone to the bench. Bryn Hall, Jordan Taufua, Harry Allan and Luke Romano have come on for Mitchell Drummond, Matt Todd, Joe Moody & Scott Barrett.

53.00: Penalty to the Crusaders and a yellow card for Lukhan Salakaia-Loto. The Crusaders take the line out but the Reds stop it and get the put in at the scrum.

55.00: The scrum wheels so it has to be reset. The ball then goes into touch after the reset.

57.00: The Crusaders win the line out and drive over the line. This time Jordan Taufua is the TRY scorer.

58.00: Mo’unga misses again. His fourth miss. He has been replaced.

63.00: The Reds get the ball in their 22 and run it out. They get well into the Crusaders half but then get pressed back. The Crusaders win a penalty.

64.00: Scott Higginbotham has come on for the Reds. He has come on for Harry Hockings.

67.00: The Reds deliver a big scrum on the half way line and it earns them a penalty. Hegarty kicks for touch.

69.00: The Reds win the line out and after the breakdown in the middle of the field Liam Wright slices through and scores under the posts. The TMO will check for obstruction. JP Smith is seen holding a Crusaders player so instead of a try for the Reds the Crusaders have a penalty.

72.00: There is some confusion as Mo’unga has to go off for a HIA. As the Crusaders have used all of their replacements so they will play with 14 players.

74.00: The Reds win a line out and use their numbers advantage. Scott Higginbotham snipes down the line and scores. TRY! 

75.00: The conversion is missed.

78.00: Scrum to the Crusaders. They have the ball and should be keen to add another try as the Reds last try cost them the bonus point.

79.00: The Crusaders are being patient with the ball. Taking their time, as they hear the siren they boot the ball into touch and kick it out.

That’s it the Crusaders have won.

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The full time score is Reds 12(7) Crusaders 22 (10)


Tries – S. Kerevi, S.Higginbotham
Pen –
Con – B.Hegarty
Drop –
Cards – L.Salakaia-Loto (53rd min yellow)

Tries – B.Ennor, W.Jordan, W.Douglas, J.Taufua
Pen –
Con -R.Mo’unga
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Damon Murphy
TMO :George Ayoub



15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi (c), 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Moses Sorovi, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika

Replacements : 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isaac Lucas


15 Will Jordan, 14 Braydon Ennor, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Matt Todd (c), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements : 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 David Havili

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