Crusaders topple table-topping Chiefs

NZ Newswire July 6, 2012, 9:47 pm

The Crusaders' big-time temperament lifted them to a 28-21 win over competition leaders the Chiefs in Friday's Super Rugby match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Pipped 23-22 last week by the Hurricanes, the Crusaders had to win to keep their play-off hopes alive. They were boosted by the return of All Blacks Daniel Carter, Israel Dagg and Kieran Read, who made an immediate difference.

The Crusaders built momentum through multiple phases before Read hit the line at pace to burst through and touchdown after 10 minutes.

Carter's boot added the conversion to an earlier penalty to give the Crusaders a 10-3 lead, then the five-eighth snapped a dropped goal five minutes later to make it 13-6.

With skipper Craig Clarke a late scratching, the Chiefs lacked their usual accuracy at the lineout and were punished for a series of basics errors inside the first 20 minutes.

With the Crusaders' scrum in control, the visitors continued to generate front-foot ball and scored again in the 20th minute after lock Luke Romano dived over onto halfback Andy Ellis's well-weighted grubber.

But the Chiefs gradually battled back, finally managing to break the Crusaders line as the half-hour mark neared when 2.04m long-reaching lock Brodie Retallick latched onto Tawera Kerr-Barlow's beautifully timed pass five metres out.

Cruden added the extras and another penalty as halftime neared to cut back the Crusaders lead to 20-16 at halftime.

Ellis extended the lead 10 minutes into the restart when the TMO ruled he had been shunted over for the Crusaders' third try, but it only took the Chiefs four minutes to respond.

Kerr-Barlow made the initial break from a turnover before Sonny Bill Williams showed superb strength in the tackle to touch down and narrow the gap to four.

A 62nd minute Carter penalty stretched it back out to seven, but the Crusaders' defence was tested to the limit for the rest of the match.

South Africa's Stormers now have the chance to move into first place if they can take a bonus-point win from their weekend match against the Cheetahs.

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  1. il Duce12:00pm Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Shock horror, the Chiefs lost and apart from a few fans who actually appreciated the contest, the rest of you mooloo whingers are just sad losers. Ya crow when ya win,,ya cry when ya lose! Pathetic!

  2. martin11:05am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Crusaders lost to a weak Hurricanes team, and scraped home against a Chiefs team that the Lions would have beaten on the night. If the Crusaders get Walsh as ref and every other team in the comp go on strike, then they might have a slim chance of winning

  3. tom10:32am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Shall we rename these sorry "Squaws" the "Excuses"?

  4. tom10:31am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Murmurings.Distant rumblings.Dust rising.Hoofbeats gaining momemtum.Sounds of voices.The hoofbeats now a crescendo.Through the fog and rain of the Winters night ride the Real Men in Red and Black. Their swords prepared-their faces like steel-their eyes glinting like stars in the dark.They come.To destroy all who dare stand before them. The Giants of Rugby.The Glorious few.The Crusaders.

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  5. BARRY10:19am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    shocking decisions from the ref, 1st scrum crusaders went down so he penalised the cheifs, replacement crusaders loosehead went down in every scrum & nothing was done. crusaders captain put himself on wrong side of ruck after every tackle as well as questioning refs decisions instead of asking.

  6. Chris10:15am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Watch the Cheifs choke from here , Crusaders will rise to the top again real men from the Mainland. And yes we have no problem fostering wayward boys from the PIG Island and turning them into men

  7. skypilot10:09am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    once a crusader always a crusader !! ehhh sonny ?

  8. Bob10:05am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Referee should be doing midgets next week and TMO should be retired. SBW should be made to pass the ball for one whole training session,the lineout need to go and beg Clarke to come back and Kerr Barlow deserves a black jersey. Tom you weren't chirping very loud last week and if Sonny had of passed the ball this week you would have still been crying.

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  9. Gordon10:02am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    but you see, last week you all thought teh ref was good when canterbury crowd were moaning, now when you think it went against your team , you all think that as the tmo he was useless, lets enjoy the game -it was just like watching a test match.

  10. ron09:52am Saturday 07th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Prediction...Chiefs v Stormers final in SA with Chiefs win. Beat the competitions other front-runners on their own turf leaves no arguments. But let's deal to the Welly Boys first.


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