Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Reds in Brisbane



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The Reds beat the Crusaders in the 2011 Super Rugby final in Brisbane but in the five matches between the teams since then the Crusaders have won all five. The Crusaders have played the Reds 12 times in Brisbane and won seven matches and the Reds have won 7.

Since that 2011 Super Rugby final the Crusaders have only been to Brisbane once. That match was won 29-57 by the Crusaders.

The Reds have made three changes to the starting side for this weekend’s match, with recent debutants lock Izack Rodda and wing Izaia Perese in line for their run-on debuts after strong performances off the bench in the opening two rounds.

Queensland will be looking to maintain their undefeated start at home this season, having come from behind to beat the Sharks in round 1.

Match detail

Vanzati replaces Fa’agase for tonight’s match v Crusaders. Fa’agase ruled out with calf injury.Markus Vanzati could make his Super Rugby debut.

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Reds kick off and the match is underway.

1.00: Quade Cooper has taken a knock and and is receiving some medical attention. He gets some strapping and the match resumes.

3.00: The Reds win a line out and attack the Crusaders. They get to the 5m line after 7 phases and go wide but the ball goes straight into touch as Samu Kerevi completely misses the pass. They get called back for a penalty though. Cooper lines up the posts.

4.00: Cooper slots the penalty. Reds lead.

6.00: Cooper looks to be struggling as the Reds concede a penalty. They choose the posts and line up the kick.

7.00: Mitch Hunt hits the post with the penalty shot.

10.00: Israel Dagg goes for a high ball, misses and knocks it and appears to have injured himself in the process. He limps off. Probably a hamstring. George Bridge comes on at fullback.

12.00: The Reds win a line out and work the ball through the phases. They get to the 5m line and Samu Kerevi powers his way over and scores. TRY!

12.00: Cooper lines up the conversion. He nails it.

14.00: It’s all the Reds. Nabuli offloads to Kerevi who has an open tryline ahead but the pass is forward. Crusaders scrum.

18.00: The Crusaders are getting more into the match. After a spell on attack they win a penalty for going off the feet. Hunt kicks for touch and the line out.

20.00: The Reds come away with the ball after the line out and Duncan Paia’aua clears the ball into touch.

21.00: Marty McKenzie comes on for Seta Tamanivalu and the Crusasders. Crusaders injuries mounting up as he is the second All Black to leave the field.

22.00: Another Crusaders injury holds up the game. Pete Samu this time. He carries on.

23.00: The Reds attack from the scrum and again Samu Kerevi gets into space and races for the line. Two Crusaders players catch him but he offloads to Nabuli who goes over in the corner and cuts back in and scores. TRY!

24.00: Cooper adds the conversion.

26.00: Penalty at the breakdown to the Reds. Pete Samu has given up and has to come off. Third Crusaders player to leave. The Reds take the line out but they go too deep and the Crusaders get the ball.

27.00: The Crusaders run with the ball, chip and chase and go over to score. The TMO will have a look at grounding and a potentional knock on. No knock on and Mitchell Drummond got the ball down so it’s a TRY!

28.00: The conversion is added by Hunt. Reds lead by 10.

29.00: The Reds build the phases in the Crusaders half. They go wide to the wing for Izaia Perese who is caught but the Reds win a penalty. They run it but knock on.

32.00: Penalty to the Reds. Cooper lines up the posts.

34.00: Cooper curls the penalty kick in and extends the lead.

35.00: The Reds get the ball to Kerevi on attack again and he offloads to Rob Simmons but its low and goes to ground. The Crusaders take it into touch.

36.00: The Reds win the line out and go through the phases. The Reds (Cooper) chip the ball ahead but the Crusaders get the ball after it hits the post. It could have been a try. The Crusaders clear into touch.

38.00: The Crusaders build the phases but knock on in attack.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. The Reds kick it into touch. It’s half time.

The half time score was Reds 20 Crusaders 7

40.01: The Crusaders kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: The Reds have continued playing the way they did in the first half. The Crusaders still look a little subdued.

The Crusaders get the ball and Crotty gets a thumping tackle. He carries on. The Crusaders kick ahead.

45.00: The Reds box kick the ball and the Crusaders counter attack but the ball is taken into touch on attack by Jordan Taufua.

50.00: The Crusaders are being disrupted by the Reds. The ball keeps changing hands and the Crusaders are struggling to find their game.

51.00: The handbags come out and there is some pushing and shoving. The TMO will have a look for foul play. Nothing really comes of it. Crusaders scrum.

53.00: The Reds (Higginbotham) slice through the Crusaders and look likely to score but the Crusaders – somehow – stop the attack and clear the ball upfield.

57.00: Penalty to the Reds 41 m out. Cooper lines up for a big kick. He misses.

60.00: The Reds win a scrum in their 22 and clear the ball upfield but fail to find touch.

62.00: The Crusaders counter attack and run down the wing Bryn Hall and George Bridge trade passes and the Reds run out of players and Hall scores. TRY!

63.00: Hunt just misses the conversion from out wide.

64.00: Markus Vanzati comes on to make his Super Rugby debut. James Tuttle comes on for Nick Frisby. The Reds attack down the wing but pass the ball forward.

68.00: Penalty to the Crusaders from the scrum. The pushing and shoving comes out again. The ref goes to the TMO for foul play – particularly on Jordan Taufua. Taufua is yellow carded for throwing a punch at Rob Simmons. Penalty to the Reds and they take the line out.

71.00: The Crusaders defend the Reds attacks. They try to run the ball back into the Reds half but the Reds turn the ball over and begin their own attack.

73.00: The Crusaders chip the ball downfield and Cooper loses it forward which hands an attacking scrum to the Crusaders. Crusaders win the scrum and go wide but the Reds come in with a big tackle and the ball goes forward.

75.00: The Crusaders – playing with a man down – atre all over the Reds under the posts. Phase after phase and Hall goes with the ball for the bottom of the posts and scores. The TMO confirms its a try.

76.00: Hunt adds the conversion. It’s a one point game.

77.00: The Crusaders have the ball and are working it towards the Reds 22. Former Reds wing Digby Ioane knocks on.

78.00: The Reds win the scrum. They start going through the phases – pick and go.

79.00; Penalty to the Crusaders – against Samu Kerevi. The Crusaders will go for posts.

80.: Mitchell Hunt takes the kick. He nails it.

The Crusaders have won.

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The full time score is Reds 20 (20) Crusaders 22 (7) 


Tries -S. Kerevi, E.Nabuli
Pen – Q.Cooper 2
Con – Q.Cooper 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – M.Drummond, B.Hall 2
Pen -M.Hunt
Con – M.Hunt 2
Drop –
Cards -J.Taufua (68th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Damon Murphy
TMO :George Ayoub



1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Sam Talakai , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. Izack Rodda (run-on debut) , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. George Smith , 8. Scott Higginbotham , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Izaia Perese (run-on debut) , 15. Karmichael Hunt

16. Andrew Ready , 17. Markus Vanzati , 18. Taniela Tupou , 19. Kane Douglas , 20. Adam Korczyk , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Jake McIntyre , 23. Chris Kuridrani


Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Digby Ioane, Mitchell Hunt, Mitchell Drummond, Whetu Douglas, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu, Sam Whitelock (capt), Scott Barrett, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Replacements : Ben Funnell, Tim Perry, Oliver Jager, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Bryn Hall, Marty McKenzie, George Bridge.

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