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Super Rugby | ANZ National Stadium
07:35 (GMT) | 19-05-2017
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The ball is lost in the line-out again and the referee blows to end the game. FULL TIME
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The ball is kicked into touch at the 5 for a Chiefs line-out
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The Crusaders turnover from the throw and look to hold out for the last few seconds. The Chiefs win a penalty after some good counter rucking
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The Chiefs on the attack now after the restart. Cruden carrying forward for his team as he runs to the 22. The ball is moved across the field and the referee calls play back for a penalty to the Chiefs at the 10. They kick into touch at the 22
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The distance is there and and he puts it between the sticks.
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The ball is cleared after the restart. Line-out to the visitors around the half. The Crusaders win a penalty at the half way and Havili looks to try again
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McKenzies stepping up for the kick this time, and he adds the 2 extras
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Cruden gets it after the scrum and dodges two while moving up field to slip over the line and score a TRY for his team
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The referee blows for a foul and the Chiefs take it quickly. They look to move forward but it's knocked forward by a Crusaders man looking to intercept Scrum outside the 5 of the away team
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The restart kick is deep and Chiefs win a scrum inside the 22
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The Crusaders win a penalty after the scrum and Mo'unga takes the kick, adding 3
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Scrum to the Crusaders at the 22. Scrum reset
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Cruden takes his 22 meter restart short and gets it back but fumbles it forward
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Havili steps up for a kick from roughly 50 meters. He takes it and sends it wide
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The Crusaders kick forward but the referee calls play back for penalty at the half way
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The Chiefs win a penalty after the restart kick
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Mo'unga secures the extras
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They take it and make it to the 5 with blistering pace, Mo'unga carrying over 20 meters for his team. Funnell makes it over the line to score the TRY
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The Chiefs finding it hard to penetrate the Crusaders back line in the second half as they're held at the 10. The ball is kicked forward into touch and the visitors have a throw at their own 10
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Cruden steps up for a much easier kick than his last few. He sends it wide regardless
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Another line-out at the 10 for the Chiefs. They take it and win a penalty around the 22
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Scrum taken and the ball cleared into touch. Line-out to the Chiefs at the 10 of the away team
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Line-out for the Chiefs inside the 22 of the away team. The referee blows for a penalty to the visitors
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They make it to the 10 of the Crusaders then boot it forward. The ball is sent back
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The reset kick is there and the Chiefs are on the attack now
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Mo'unga misses the conversion kick
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They move the ball around, keeping it in play at the edge of the touch line but the Crusaders turnover at the half way and Havili is the man who gets the last pass from a good break to score the TRY for his team
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The Chiefs with a line-out inside the 10 of the Crusaders now
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Line-out to the Chiefs at their 22
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The Crusaders have a scrum after some back and forth play by both sides. They take their scrum at the halfway
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The referee sounds his whistle and gets the second half going

Half Time

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The Crusaders on the attack as the half come so to a close.They find themselves on the 5 and the Chiefs fight desperately to hold them off before the whistle. Scrum at the 5 of the hosts for the Crusaders. The Chiefs win a penalty in the scrum and clear to end the half. HALF TIME
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The ball booted out by the Chiefs after the scrum
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Chiefs at their 22
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Line-out taken by the Crusaders after the kick forward. The Chiefs win a penalty at their 22
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Line-out taken and cleared
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The Chiefs move forward after the throw but lose it into touch at the 22 of the visitors
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The home team win a penalty as they push the aggressors back. Cruden kicks into touch at the half way
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Line-out for the Crusaders at the 5 of the Chiefs
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The reset kick is lost into touch
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Cruden adds his first 2 points of the game
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The Chiefs looking to strike back instantly as McKenzie takes it and changes pace to pass almost the entire team. He offloads to the flyhalf and the Chiefs make it to the 5 in seconds. Hames the man reaching over the line to score the TRY
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The conversion kick is good
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The Crusaders show incredible form to make their way forward after conceding tow tries. They move forward with Goodhue setting up an entire stall to sell a few dummies and then offloading to Bedwell-Curtis who makes it over the line and puts it down at the middle of the sticks. TRY to the Crusaders
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Cruden takes his kick from the opposite side of the field this time and misses another kick
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They take the scrum and the ball is kicked forward by Cruden and Lowe is on the chase after a lucky bounce. He kicks it forward and capitalizes on some terrible fortune by the Crusaders. TRY to the Chiefs
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Scrum inside the hosts' 10
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Chiefs as the ball is lost forward
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The reset kick is cleared and the Crusaders with the ball now around the home team 10
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Cruden takes his time with the conversion kick and sends it far wide, looking for it to curl inwards
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The ball lands in the hands of Cruden after some risky passing and he picks it up and bursts through the back line then offloads to Nanai-Williams who plants it down on the edge of the pitch. TRY
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The ball is carried into touch by the Crusaders. Line-out for the home team at the 10 of the visitors
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The Crusaders on the attack now, building from the half way. They kick into touch and the hosts take it quickly
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The reset kick is cleared immediately by the Crusaders and Lowe picks it up and rushes into the 10 of the away team offloading as his team follows through into the 22. They make it to the 5 but give away a penalty and the ball is cleared
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He takes it and secures 3 more points
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Mo’unga prepares himself for another kick at goal
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Line-out taken and the ball kicked forward again by the Crusaders. McKenzie brings it down but loses it in the ruck and the referee blows for an offside against the hosts
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They make some ground with the maul and then boot it forward. The ball is picked up by the back line and cleared into touch at the 10
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Line-out for the Crusaders in their own half after the reset
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Mo’unga steps up for the penalty kick and starts off the scoring with 3 points
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They take the throw and Mo’unga looks for the drop goal but misses. The Crusaders win a penalty as they played under advantage
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Line-out for the Crusaders inside the 22 of the Chiefs
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They lose the ball in the ruck and the Crusaders start to build from their own half
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The Chiefs pushing well now as they make it inside the 22 after the 5 meter clearance by the away team
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The Chiefs in possession at the half way now. The ball booted forward but this time it reaches touch after a kick from McKenzie. Line-out to the away team at their 5
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They take it a move forward to the opposite 10 but the ball lost and booted forward then kicked back again
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The manage to push the visitors back to their 10 and win a scrum
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The Chiefs on the defence after the opening kick
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The referee blows and the game is underway
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The Chiefs have won 16 of their last 17 games at home on a Friday night, including each of their last seven, while they haven't lost at home on a Friday against the Crusaders since Round 17, 2012.
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The Chiefs are undefeated against fellow New Zealand opposition this season, netting three wins so far and restricting their opponents to single digits in the opening half of each game.
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The Chiefs have restricted the Crusaders to fewer than 20 points in each of their last six games when hosting them, winning all but one of those six with only a one-point loss in Round 10, 2014 blemishing that record
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The Chiefs have won their last four games against the Crusaders by an average margin of 14 points and have not lost the first meeting between these teams in a season since 2011
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Welcome to the ANZ National Stadium for this week's first Super Rugby fixture: Chiefs vs Crusaders
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Dominic Bird
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Mitchell Brown
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Michael Leitch
  • 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 10 Aaron Cruden
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Tim Nanai-Williams
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 13 Sam McNicol
  • 16 Hika Elliot
  • 17 Siegfried Fisiihoi
  • 18 Atunaisa Moli
  • 19 Taleni Seu
  • 20 Liam Messam
  • 21 Jonathan Taumateine
  • 22 Stephen Donald
  • 23 Shaun Stevenson
START LINE UP
  • 1 Joe Moody
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Owen Franks
  • 4 Luke Romano
  • 5 Sam Whitelock
  • 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
  • 7 Pete Samu
  • 8 Jordan Taufua
  • 9 Bryn Hall
  • 10 Richie Mo’unga
  • 11 George Bridge
  • 13 Jack Goodhue
  • 14 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 15 David Havili
RESERVES
  • 12 Ryan Crotty
  • 16 Ben Funnell
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 19 Quinten Strange
  • 20 Vernon Fredericks
  • 21 Mitchell Drummond
  • 22 Mitchell Hunt
  • 23 Manasa Mataele
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SR Preview: Round 13, Part One

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:49

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: The heat will be turned up, literally, when Round 13 gets underway.

It all starts in Suva, where the Crusaders and Chiefs go head-to-head in a repeat of last year's historic match.

From the freezing conditions in New Zealand, both teams were met by a wall of humidity in Fiji.

However, it is not just the weather that will be sweltering.

The intensity that both teams are promising will ensure there is no place for the faint of heart.

In the only other Friday match the Stormers will look to end a four-march losing streak when they host the Blues in Cape Town.

In Part One of the preview we look at the Friday matches!

Friday, May 19:

Chiefs v Crusaders
(International Stadium, Suva - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 NZ time; 07.35 GMT)

New Zealand referee Mike Fraser finds himself unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight of what is meant to be a celebration of the game.

There has been plenty of talk about revenge, after the Chiefs 'bullied' the Crusaders into submission in the inaugural Suva challenge last year.

The Chiefs managed up upset the Crusaders' rhythm with their brutal approach.

The Crusaders have made it clear they will respond in kind this year.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson felt discipline will be a key.

"There will definitely be a fine line with the intensity of it and the Chiefs like to live on that line," Robertson told stuff.co.nz.

"We have got a good ref, Mike Fraser, who can read situations," he added.

"If it [bullying tactics] crosses that line he will deal with it. So we are happy with his ability to back his instincts."

There will also be some intriguing head-to-head battles in the park.

Top of that list will be All Black second row teammates Sam Whitelock, back from a two-week foul-play suspension, and Brodie Retallick.

He will have to keep a cool head and the coach again pointed to discipline as a key.

"Everybody's trying to pull him back," he said of Whitelock.

"He's an energetic man and really clear on what he wants."

Recent results:
2016: Chiefs won 23-13, Suva
2016: Chiefs won 27-21, Christchurch
2015: Chiefs won 26-9, Christchurch
2015: Chiefs won 40-16, Hamilton
2014: Crusaders won 18-17, Hamilton
2014: Chiefs won 18-10, Christchurch

Prediction: The Chiefs have won their last four games against the Crusaders by an average margin of 14 points and have not lost the first meeting between these teams in a season since 2011. The Chiefs have restricted the Crusaders to fewer than 20 points in each of their last six games when hosting them, winning all but one of those six with only a one-point loss in Round 10, 2014 blemishing that record. The Chiefs are undefeated against fellow New Zealand opposition this season, netting three wins so far and restricting their opponents to single digits in the opening half of each game. The Chiefs have won 16 of their last 17 games at home on a Friday night, including each of their last seven, while they haven't lost at home on a Friday against the Crusaders since Round 17, 2012. The Crusaders have won three of their last five games away from home against fellow New Zealand opposition despite leading at half-time only once in that span; in fact, they'll be looking for consecutive wins in such fixtures for the first time since 2014. The Chiefs (2.1) are the only team in the competition to steal an average of two or more line-outs per game this season. No team moves the ball around the park more than the Crusaders, who's 161 passes per game are nearly eight more than any other team in the competition. The Chiefs have conceded a league-low 19 tries this campaign, not conceding more than six in any single quarter; though the Crusaders are one of only two teams in the competition (Hurricanes) to have scored 10 or more tries in every quarter. James Lowe has scored four tries in his last five games against the Crusaders and has found the try line in two of his last three home games against New Zealand opposition. David Havili has gained 818m and beaten 44 defenders this season, ranking in second for both categories among all players for this campaign. The Chiefs have had the wood on the Crusaders the last few years, but that could all change - the Crusaders to edge a thriller by five points.

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Sam McNicol, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.  
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson.
 
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Peter Samu, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele.

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Paul Williams
TMO: Shane McDermott

Stormers v Blues
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT; 05.00 NZ time, Saturday, May 20)

The Stormers are hoping that home ground 'advantage' will help them end the horror show that has been the last month - four defeats, as well as having coughed up 184 points and 28 tries.

However, they will need to replicate their pre-tour form - when they overpowered the Chiefs - rather than the capitulation they produced against the Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes in New Zealand.

Coach Robbie Fleck said they need to learn from the lessons handed to them on tour.

"The Blues team [has] a lot of big names," Fleck told a media briefing in Cape Town.

"They have a lot of players with [the] x-factor.

"Defensively we are going to have to be sharp to contain them."

However, the most statement was when he said: "We need to take the lessons learnt from the tour an put them in place."

The Blues, in stark contrast, are coming off a three-match winning streak.

Despite their relative good form Blues assistant coach Steve Jackson said they are facing a tough battle against a team that is better than their results suggest.

"It is a tough place to come and play and win," he said of Newlands.

Head coach Tana Umaga spoke of the challenge if their travel schedule.

"We have planned for it and we do have a number of players coming back from injury for us, and some hopefully ready to be considered back in New Zealand next week," Umaga said.

"The Stormers at Newlands are a formidable challenge for us.

"We've played well for the last month and need to continue to improve every game as we look to produce an 80-minute performance."

Recent results:
2015: Stormers won 27-16, Cape Town
2013: Blues won 18-17, Albany
2012: Stormers won 27-17, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 28-26, Auckland
2010: Stormers won 33-21, Auckland

Prediction: The Stormers have won four of their last five games against the Blues, with a one-point loss in Round 12, 2013 the only blemish on that record. The Stormers have won four of their last five games at home, though a 29-16 loss in their last home fixture sees them looking to avoid back-to-back home losses for the first time since the 2011 semifinal. Only three times in the last 11 seasons have the Blues won their opening game of a South African tour, though they'll be looking to string two together after a 34-18 win against the Kings in Port Elizabeth in Round 11 last season. Opposition teams beat an average of just 15.6 defenders per game when facing the Blues, the lowest against any team in the competition. Sikhumbuzo Notshe has crossed for four tries in his last three games on home soil for the Stormers, including a hat-trick in Round 6 against the Cheetahs. The Stormers at home are far more formidable than the rabble that toured. They should win by 12 points.

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Dillyn Leyds, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Alister Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Damian de Allende.

Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi.    
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Michael Collins.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports & sportguru.info

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Crusaders stay clear at the top

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:52

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Crusaders made it 12 wins from 12 outings with a thrilling 31-24 win over the Chiefs in Suva on Friday.

Despite outscoring the Crusaders by four tries to three, the Chiefs were left clutching only a losing bonus point.

The accurate boot of Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mo'unga proved to be the difference - as his four penalties and two conversions trumped the errant boot of Chiefs counterpart Aaron Cruden, who succeeded with only two of his five attempts at goal.

The result means the Crusaders (54 points) have opened an eight-point gap at the top of the standings - ahead of South Africa's Lions (46) and compatriots the Chiefs (43).

Captain Sam Whitelock said it was pleasing to see his backline take control after the forwards delivered a victory against the Hurricanes last week.

"The whole year we've had the balance right between forwards and backs," he said.

"Either unit can step up when they need to, that's awesome as a captain."

There was a concern for All Blacks selectors when Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty left the field with possible concussion, adding to a growing injury list ahead of the British and Irish Lions series.

The fixture was nominally a Chiefs home game but they moved it to Fiji to recognise the contribution Pacific islanders make to New Zealand rugby.

The meeting between New Zealand's top-performing sides lived up to expectations as the lead changed four times before the Crusaders took control in the second half.

The Chiefs looks set for an upset win with a 17-13 lead at the break but conceded too many penalties as the Crusaders remained disciplined.

Cruden set up the opening try, accelerating into space, then sending a floating pass to set up Tim Nanai-Williams on the wing.

He then followed up with a kick from deep within his own half that bounced perfectly for the onrushing James Lowe.

The Crusaders hit back with a Heiden Bedwell-Curtis try, but the Chiefs scored another when Kane Hames managed to ground the ball through a tangle of bodies.

The Crusaders began the second half with a magnificent David Havili try after Richie Mo'unga intercepted a Cruden kick and sparked an attack that left the Chiefs defenders grasping at air.

Ben Funnell consolidated the lead off the back of a jinking Mo'unga run, only for Cruden to claw one back for the Chiefs after dodging past three defenders.

The Chiefs had a late chance at a line-out but squandered it by knocking on the ball.

Man of the match: Damian McKenzie is always good value, Sam Cane was a hard worker and Brodie Retallick may well have shaded his battle with All Black teammate Sam Whitelock. JordanTaugua epitomised the hard work that gave the Crusaders the base from which to launch their raids from. However, the biggest influence on the game and our man of the match was Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mo'unga.

The scorers:

For the Chiefs:
Tries:
Nanai-Williams, Lowe, Hames, Cruden
Cons: Cruden, McKenzie

For the Crusaders:
Tries:
Bedwell-Curtis, Havili, Funnell
Cons: Mo'unga 2
Pens: Mo'unga 4

Teams:

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Sam McNicol, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.  
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson.
 
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Peter Samu, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Vernon Fredericks, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele.

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Paul Williams
TMO: Shane McDermot

Tim Nanai-Williams (18min), James Lowe (24min), Kane Hames (28min), and Aaron Cruden (71min)
TRIES
Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (26min), David Havili (46min), Ben Funnell (58min), and David Havili (75min)
Aaron Cruden (29min) and Damian McKenzie (73min)
CONVERSIONS
Richie Mo’unga (27min) and Richie Mo’unga (60min)
 
PENALTIES
Richie Mo’unga (9min), Richie Mo’unga (14min), and Richie Mo’unga (67min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE ANZ National Stadium ( Suva , Fiji )
REFEREE Mike Fraser (New Zealand)