Bulls battered by Crusaders

    2013-03-16 10:17

    Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor

    Cape Town - The seven-time champion Crusaders showed their pedigree with a resounding victory over the previously unbeaten Bulls in their Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Saturday.

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    The Crusaders won 41-19 after leading 22-9 at half-time.

    The Crusaders scored six tries through centre Robbie Fruean, No 8 Kieran Read, wings Johnny McNicholl and Tom Marshall, prop Wyatt Crockett and replacement scrumhalf Willi Heinz. Flyhalf Dan Carter was on target with four conversions and a penalty.

    The Bulls responded with a try by flank Deon Stegmann and a conversion and four penalties by pivot Morne Steyn.

    The Crusaders picked up a full-house of five points and moved to third in the New Zealand Conference and seventh in the Overall log.

    The Bulls left empty-handed, but remained top of the South African Conference and third in the Overall standings.

    In next weekend's Round 6 action, the Crusaders host the Kings in Christchurch while the Bulls travel to Brisbane to play the Reds.



    15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Adam Whitelock

    15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jürgen Visser, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett

    Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Jan Serfontein

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