Vodacom Super 14

Crusaders outclass Cheetahs

2010-04-17 11:17
Kahn Fotuali'i (File)
Christchurch - An understrength Crusaders moved to the top of the Super 14 table after crushing the Cheetahs 45-6 in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Crusaders, without injured All Blacks flyhalf Daniel Carter and with several other internationals on the bench or rested by coach Todd Blackadder, moved to 34 points, one ahead of the Bulls, who play the Reds later on Saturday.

The Crusaders were ruthless up front with their scrum particularly destructive, while the Cheetahs seemed more intent on keeping the score down than attempting to win the game.

"I thought as the game wore on it had the potential to loosen up but the guys stuck to their tasks really well and I'm quite pleased about that," Crusaders captain Richie McCaw said in a televised interview.

The Crusaders' forward dominance was evident throughout with scrumhalf Kahn Fotuali'i opening the scoring when he scampered more than 50 metres after the Crusaders upset the Cheetahs scrum.

Centre Ryan Crotty scored after a sustained build-up by the forwards created an overlap, then No 8 Thomas Waldrom scored the first of his two tries.

Waldrom scored his second try from a push-over by the Crusaders scrum just before halftime to secure a bonus point.

Colin Slade added three conversions for the home side to put the game beyond doubt with a 26-6 score at the break, after Riaan Viljoen and Meyer Bosman, who replaced the injured Viljoen, slotted penalties for the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs continued to endeavour in the second half without providing any real threat to the Crusaders, who scored three further tries to winger Sean Maitland, prop Ben Franks and replacement winger Zac Guildford.

In next weekend's Round 11 action the Crusaders travel to Perth to face the Force, while the Cheetahs visit Hamilton to tackle the Chiefs.


15. Colin Slade, 14. Jared Payne, 13. Tim Bateman, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Sean Maitland, 10. Daniel Bowden, 9. Kahn Fotuali'i, 8. Thomas Waldrom, 7. Richie McCaw (captain), 6. George Whitelock, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Chris Jack, 3. Ben Franks, 2. Ti'i Paulo, 1. Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16. Daniel Perrin, 17. Owen Franks, 18. Brad Thorn, 19. Jonathan Poff, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tu Umaga-Marshall, 22. Zac Guildford

15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Danwel Demas 13. Corné Uys, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Jongi Nokwe, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Davon Raubenheimer, 7. Barend Pieterse, 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. Walti Vermeulen, 4. Izak van der Westhuizen, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Wian du Preez, 18. Nico Breedt, 19. Philip van der Walt, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Robert Ebersohn


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