Cape Town - The seven-time champion Crusaders have put the Sharks to the
sword in their Super Rugby clash in Durban on Saturday.
As it happened: Sharks v Crusaders
The Crusaders won 52-10 after leading 28-3 at half-time.
The Crusaders scored eight tries through scrumhalf Andrew Ellis, fullback
Israel Dagg, centres Kieron Fonotia and Ryan Crotty, flyhalf Colin Slade, wing
David Havili, flank Matt Todd and replacement Tom Taylor. Slade was also on
target with five conversions for a personal haul of 15 points, while Taylor
converted his own try.
The Sharks replied with a try by wing Odwa Ndungane and conversion by
replacement No 10 Fred Zeilinga and a penalty by Patrick Lambie.
At one stage the Crusaders were down to 12 men, after referee Stuart Berry
showed yellow cards to prop Nepo Laulala, Fonotia and wing Nemani Nadolo.
However, the Sharks were their own worst enemies when flank Jean Deysel was
shown a straight red card for a deliberate knee to the head of a prone
opponent, reducing the home side to 14 men for the entire second half.
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 into sixth
spot in the Overall standings.
The Sharks left empty-handed, but stayed top of the South African Conference
and third in the Overall log.
In next weekend's Round 9 action, the Sharks travel to Johannesburg to face
the Lions (Saturday, April 11 at 17:05), while the Crusaders head home to host
the Highlanders (Saturday, April 11 at 09:35 SA time).
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Andre Esterhuizen,
11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Pat Lambie (captain), 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski,
7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Mouritz Botha, 3.
Jannie du Plessis, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Matt Stevens, 19.
Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Renaldo Bothma, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Fred Zeilinga,
23. Waylon Murray
15 Israel Dagg, 14 David Havili, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11
Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt
Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben
Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Jimmy Tupou,
20 Richie McCaw, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Nafi Tuitavake