Crusaders win borefest

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:36
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The Crusaders recorder their second win of the season, as they put their campaign back on track, beating the Rebels 25-19.

The Crusaders recorded their second win of the season, as they put their campaign back on track, beating the Rebels 25-19 in a dour encounter in Melbourne on Friday.

In the game of few highlights, the teams scored one try each - with the final three minutes providing the most excitement, after the Rebels score a converted try to claw back from 12-25 down and give themselves a glimmer of hope.

However, the Crusaders - who have not looked championship material all season - held on to claim four points.

The Crusaders were facing a one-win three-defeats record for the first time since 2009, but the boot of centre Tom Taylor sealed the deal for the men from Christchurch.

Kieran Read's outfit will treasure this, not least because they entered the game having lost eight of their last 11 away trips in the competition.

Much like last week's win over the Stormers, it wasn't pretty as it took 55 minutes before the game's first try was claimed by Ben Funnell.

But either side of that the assured goal-kicking of Tom Taylor ultimately proved to be the difference - as his 20-point haul lifts his side up the Super Rugby standings going into their bye week.

The game as a spectacle was far from thrilling as Jason Woodward and Taylor's boots dominated the first half, with the interval scoreline being 12-9 in favour of the Crusaders after few opportunities.

Taylor and Woodward  exchanged further penalties before the first five-pointer.

The Crusaders moved up a gear and after the ball was shifted out to the right wing, captain Read drew the last man before finding hooker Funnell for the easy run-in. Taylor's conversion made it 22-12.

Taylor then added his seventh successful kick of the day on 69 minutes as the match looked to have been settled.

However, the Rebels showed fight as flank Scott Fuglistaller went over off the back of a maul to give them slim hope with a minute left.

It proved false, but ultimately salvaged a bonus point for going down by fewer than seven points.

Man of the match: In a game of mediocrity it didn't take much for the boot of Crusaders centre Tom Taylor to stand out - winning him our award.

The scorers:

For the Rebels:
Try:
Fuglistaller
Con: Hegarty
Pens: Woodward 3, Hegarty

For the Crusaders:
Try:
Funnell
Con: Taylor
Pens: Taylor 6

Teams:

Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Angus Roberts, 23 Telusa Veainu.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Nemani Nadolo.

Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Ian Smith (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14