Crusaders' campaign back on track
Cape Town - The Crusaders got their 2015 Super Rugby campaign back on track with victory over the Blues in Christchurch on Saturday.
As it happened: Crusaders v Blues
The Crusaders won 29-15 after leading 17-10 at half-time.
The Crusaders scored four tries through scrumhalf Mitchell
Drummond, flank Jordan Taufua, fullback Tom Taylor and hooker Codie Taylor. Flyhalf Colin Slade added three conversions and a penalty.
The Blues replied with tries by centre Francis Saili and flank Brendon O’Connor. Flyhalf Dan Bowden was on target with a conversion and a penalty.
The Crusaders picked up a full-house of five points for their victory, but stayed fourth in the New Zealand Conference. They did however move up to seventh in the Overall log.
The Blues left empty-handed and remained bottom of the New Zealand Conference and 14th in the Overall standings.
In next weekend's Round 12 action, the Crusaders travel to Wellington to face the Hurricanes (Saturday, May 2 at 09:35), while the Blues host the Force in Auckland (Saturday, May 2 at 07:30).
15 Tom Taylor, 14 David Havili, 13
Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Mitchell
Drummond, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5
Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo
Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Kieron Fonotia,
23 Nafi Tuitavake
15 Lolagi Visinia,
14 Frank Halai, 13 Francis Saili, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10
Dan Bowden,9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6 Akira
Ioane, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven
Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Matt Moulds, 17
Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Blake Gibson,
21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Tevita Li