Crusaders show championship qualities
Cape Town - The Crusaders showed glimpses of their champion pedigree with a comprehensive victory over the Jaguares in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Friday.
As it happened: Crusaders v Jaguares
The Crusaders won 32-15 after leading 22-3 at half-time.
The Crusaders scored five tries through scrumhalf Andy Ellis, fullback Israel Dagg (2), flyhalf Richie Mo'unga and No 8 Kieran Reed. Mo'unga was also successful with two conversions and a penalty.
The Jaguares replied with tries by No 8 Facundo Isa and centre Santiago González Iglesias. Flyhalf Juan Martín
Hernández added the conversion and a penalty.
The Crusaders picked up a full-house of five points for their win and moved to second spot in the New Zealand Conference and third in the Australasian Group.
The Jaguares left empty-handed and remained third in the Africa Conference 2. They dropped to sixth in the South African Group after their sixth defeat in seven matches.
In next weekend's Round 9 action, the Crusaders travel to Canberra to play the Brumbies (Sunday, April 24 at 08:05), while the Jaguares head to Tokyo to face the Sunwolves (Saturday, April 23 at 07:15).
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl,
13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga,
9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5
Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
16 Ged Robinson, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jimmy Tupou,
20 Tim Boyes, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Sean Wainui, 23 Ben Volavola
Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 12
Santiago González Iglesias, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Juan Martín
Hernández, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Rodrigo Báez, 6 Juan
Manuel Leguizamón, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz
Chaparro, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta
16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Felipe Arregui, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Juan Cruz
Guillemaín, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Joaquín Paz, 23 Lucas