VIDEO: Crusaders completes clean sweep on tour

Sat, 07 Apr 2018 23:38

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Crusaders completed their clean sweep on their two-match tour of South Africa and Argentina.

he New Zealand franchise scored a bonus-point 40-14 win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires in Saturday.

The six tries to two victory follows their 14-8 win over the Lions last week.

George Bridge and Manasa Mataele both scored a brace for the defending champions.

The damage was done in the first-half.

The Jaguares fought back after the interval with two well-worked tries from Joaquin Tuculet and Emiliano Boffelli, but it was not enough to claw back the deficit.

If ever there were 40 minutes that demonstrated the absolute requirement to take chances offered, the Crusaders provided a basic first-half lesson for the Jaguares.

In spite of having to make only 31 tackles compared to 68, carrying for 72 metres to 43 by the Crusaders and winning 54 rucks to 30 to enjoy a 60 percent possession advantage, the home team found themselves down 0-19 at half-time.

When they had opportunities the Crusaders were ruthless.

They followed that with an even more emphatic lesson 66 minutes into the game after a series of scrums out from their own line.

Coach Scott Robertson made a bold call to substitute two of his front row with hooker Ben Funnell and prop Donald Brighouse coming on and delivering the scrum resistance which saw the Crusaders unsettle the Jaguares scrum. The home dropped the ball and the Crusaders pounced with flyhalf Mitchell Hunt sending the ball into open space in the Jaguares' 22-metre area.

The ball wasn't cleared and when the attempted kick was made inside centre Ryan Crotty charged it down and regathered the ball to score in the corner.

Then from the restart a kick downfield by replacement halfback Mitchell Drummond was not held by left wing Emiliano Boffelli and Crusaders right wing Manasa Mataele gathered the rebound to race 50 metres for his second try.

It broke the home side's resistance finally and the Crusaders were able to apply the finishing to their instruction manual.

The scorers:

For the Jaguares:
Tries:
 Tuculet, Boffelli
Cons: Sanchez 2

For the Crusaders:
Tries:
Bridge 2, Mataele 2, Hunt, Crotty
Cons: Hunt 4, Delaney

Teams:

Jaguares: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Manuel Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Guido Petti Pagadizaval, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Donald Brighouse, 18 Chris King, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mike Delany, 23 Braydon Ennor.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Pablo Deluca (Argentina)
TMO: Santiago Borsani (Argentina)

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