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The Crusaders have won 19 of their last 22 Super Rugby games against the Queensland Reds (L3), including their last eight on the bounce; they have not lost to the Reds in the competition since the 2011 Final (Reds def. Crusaders, 18-13).

The Queensland Reds have won their last 11 consecutive Super Rugby games on home turf and a 12th straight home win would set a new club record in the competition.

  • The Crusaders succumbed to a 20-12 loss to the NSW Waratahs in Round 6, 2019 in their most recent away game against an Australian team in Super Rugby, snapping a nine-game winning run in such fixtures.
  • The Queensland Reds have scored seven tries from scrums within the opposition 22m zone since the beginning of 2021, the most of any team in Super Rugby competitions in that time.
  • Codie Taylor is set to play his 100th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders; he has won all four of his previous Super Rugby games against the Queensland Reds, scoring one try and making two try assists across those encounters.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland.

2.00: Crusaders under early pressure. The Reds are playing up-tempo, Taniela Tupou almost opened the scoring, but Will Jordan ripped the ball out of the prop’s hands for a goal-line drop-out.

4.00: Mitchell Dunshea knocks on in the tackle, killing a good attacking series by the Kiwis, who stretched the Reds.

6.00: TRY! Richie Mo’unga picks up a dropped pass by Fraser McReight and races away to score the game’s first try. 0-5

7.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga converts his try. 0-7

10.00: The Reds have recovered well from the early setback, they are playing at tempo and keeping the Crusaders inside their own half.

12.00: TRY! Richie Mo’unga creates a try this time, running from his own half to the Reds’ 22. He slips tackles before drawing the cover defence to send Sevu Reece away. Sensational. 0-12

13.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the wide kick. 0-14

14.00: Reds are back on the attack.

15.00: TRY! Cullen Grace finishes another counter-attack from deep inside the Crusaders’ half. Tate McDermott’s pass is picked up by David Havilli, who kickstarts the attack. Whetukamokamo Douglas carries to the 22 before sending the supporting Grace away. 0-19

16.00: CONVERSION! It’s good by Richie. 0-21

20.00: It’s going to be a long way back for the Reds, they have to be the next team to score.

22.00: The Reds lose possession near the Saders’ line. The visitors – as they do – go the length of the field and almost score but for a last-ditch tackle on their own try line saves their skins.

24.00: Reds survive another long attack when Jordan kicks the ball over the dead-ball line from inside the Reds’ 22. That was strange by the fullback.

25.00: Offside by the Reds, Mo’unga kicks to the corner.

27.00: Superb defending of the driving maul by the Queensland pack, they stop the Saders, and win the turnover.

29.00: TRY! STOP THE COUNT!  It’s the Richie Mo’unga show, the standoff is tearing the Reds apart. Mo’unga collected an overthrown pass, which brought up Bryce Hegarty out of the line. The first-receiver gathered and sped around the fullback, and cruised in for the score. 0-26

31.00: CONVERSION! As you were! 0-28

34.00: Illegal wheeling by the Saders scrum. O’Connor boots to the 22.

35.00: NO TRY! Tate McDermott darts around the side of a ruck and scores, but Harry Wilson knocked on in the build-up of the previous phase. The Reds do have two penalty advantages for offsides. Scrum called by O’Connor.

36.00: TRY! McDermott takes a quick-tap penalty from the back of the scrum and shoots over for the try. 5-28

37.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor adds the extras. 7-28

38.00: Oh dear, the Reds conceded a penalty before halftime that allows Mo’unga to set up an attacking lineout 5m out.

40.00: Mo’unga is isolated, Liam Wright and Harry Wilson slow down the Crusaders before winning a penalty to relieve the pressure – that was close!

41.00: Sevu Reece is pinged for coming around the side of a ruck – Hegarty needs a big kick, here.

42.00: The lineout is overthrown, the Saders win the ball, and clear to the stands.

The halftime score was Queensland Reds 7 Crusaders 28

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Brisbane.

44.00: TRY! Richie Mo’unga has the ball on a string. The flyhalf, under pressure from the defenders, puts in a wonderful crossfield kick for Reece, who takes it on the bounce and scores. Sensational. 7-33

46.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga converts from the corner. 7-35

50.00: It’s all Crusaders, they are incredible.

54.00: TRY! Hat-trick for the flyhalf, who ghosts past O’Connor, bumps off Bryce Hegarty and Hamish Stewart. Game over! 7-40

55.00: CONVERSION! Hahahahaha. 7-42

58.00: The Crusaders are looking good for another score.

59.00: Penalty Try! Humiliation complete. 7-49

60.00: YELLOW CARD! Harry Hoopert is off for collapsing the maul as well. 7-49

61.00: TRY! Harry Wilson scores in the corner, the No. 8 has been immense tonight for the Reds despite the big defeat. 12-49

62.00: CONVERSION! The kick is GOOD. 14-49

65.00: TRY! Suliasi Vunivalu is in under the posts after Wilson’s deft offload. 19-49

65.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor adds the extras. 21-49

68.00: TRY! Tamaiti Williams gets his maiden Super Rugby try. 21-54

70.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 21-56

75.00: TRY! Codie Taylor gets the 9th. 21-61

77.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the extras. 31 points tonight.

78.00: Mo’unga makes a tackle, then almost wins a turnover 50 metres back. He is immense.

79.00: NO TRY! Vunivalu almost has a brace, but he knocks the ball forward.

79.00: YELLOW CARD! Jordan goes to the naughty step. 21-63

80.00: TRY! Paenga-Amosa gets one at the death. 26-63

81.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor gets his fourth. 28-63

FULL TIME

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The final score is Reds 28 (7) Crusaders 63 (28)

Scorers

Reds
Tries – McDermott, Wilson, Vunivalu, Paenga-Amosa
Pen –
Con – O’Connor (4)
Drop –
Cards – Hoopert (Yellow, 60′)

Crusaders
Tries – Mo’unga (3), Reece (2), Grace, Penalty try, Williams, Taylor
Pen –
Con – Mo’unga (8)
Drop –
Cards – Jordan (Yellow, 79′)

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Brett Cronan

Teams

Queensland Reds

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jock Campbell, 10 James O’Connor (co-captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright (co-captain), 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Dane Zander

Replacements:
 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Feao Fotuaika, 19 Seru Uru, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Isaac Henry, 23 Filipo Daugunu

Crusaders

15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 David Havili, 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Ethan Blackadder, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Oliver Jager, 2 Codie Taylor (captain), 1 George Bower

Replacements:
 16 Brodie McAlister, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Sione Havili Talitui, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Dallas McLeod, 23 Manasa Mataele

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