Crusaders sink brave Cheetahs

2012-03-24 10:20

Cape Town - The Crusaders have beaten a brave Cheetahs team in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Crusaders won 28-21 after leading 11-3 at half-time.

The Crusaders scored three tries through wing Sean Maitland, centre Robbie Fruean and fullback Israel Dagg. Flyhalf Tom Taylor was on target with two conversions and three penalties.

The Cheetahs replied with two tries by flyhalf Johan Goosen and centre Robert Ebersohn. Goosen added a further conversion and three penalties for a personal haul of 16 points.

The Crusaders picked up four points for their victory, but stayed in fourth position in the New Zealand Conference. They did however move up to seventh in the Overall standings.

The Cheetahs left Christchurch with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but remained bottom of the South African Conference, but moved up to 13th spot overall.
In next weekend's Round 6 action, the Crusaders travel to Johannesburg to play the Lions, while the Cheetahs are in action against the Hurricanes in Wellington.



15. Israel Dagg, 14. Sean Maitland, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Zac Guildford, 10. Tom Taylor, 9. Andy Ellis, 8. Kieran Read (captain), 7. Matt Todd, 6. Luke Whitelock, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Luke Romano, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Ben Franks

Substitutes: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Ross Kennedy, 19. Brendon O'Connor, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Dan Carter, 22. Tom Marshall

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 George Earle, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Ryno Benjamin


  • RetiefC - 2012-03-24 10:28

    Die Cheetahs het mooi teruggeveg. Jammer oor die verloor. Julle moes maar probeer het om te score.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-03-24 10:28

    I'll take the win, but jeez the Cheetahs played well. Think the uncontested scrums skrewed us a wee bit but won't take anything away from the lads from Bloem. Gonna have to pull our fingers out if we want to challenge this year. Awesome to see DC back, but one question.... why kick the ball out at the end, it was there for the taking???

      David - 2012-03-24 11:10

      I've really enjoyed watching the Cheetahs on tour this year, they've played some great rugby. Crusaders are now beginning to pick up some steam, should still make the playoffs.

      Lean - 2012-03-24 16:09

      You guys seem to forget the record of the Cheetahs on tour, esp in NZ. A point is a point for one thing. The other thing is You say play for a win? Yet the best result they could have gottan was a draw from the last move. I'm almost 100% sure if the chance was there to win, like you say, they woulda gone for it just like last week. Draw to win is a pretty big difference. Besides this Cheetahs team is freaking awesome imo. Pretty much my favorite team of them all. They have the least amount of stars of any other team in the competition, well maybe Lions too, and play some really really good rugby. Yet the crusaders are loaded with lots, and lots of All Blacks. And I Reckon they were all really shocked at what a so called no-name team did to the World Champs (Cough). So Here is to the Cheetahs for a really good game, and keep it coming, you are the best playing rugby team in the S15, and I thank you.

  • Keith - 2012-03-24 11:19

    Goosen is talentvol maar vir die ouens wat alreeds die Bok tien die jaar op sy rug sien moet weer dink. Fruen is soos 'n droom verby hom en wat se malligheid was daai met die laaste movement?Moet nog 'n bietjie mature voor hy Bokspan kan haal.Het nietemin baie potensiaal.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-03-24 11:53

      Kieth, ek was ook kwaad oor die besluit, maar na ek n paar keer gekyk het dink ek die besluit was dalk veilig. Naas se dat een punt hulle nie meer sou help dan rwee nie, maar twee punte sou hulle nie beter help dan een nie. hulle sou wel n kans neem om dit te verloor. Kyk na sy aanvallende spelers se posisies aan JG se kant se posisies. Kyk na die posisie van die verdedigings lyn. Kyk na die spasie na die kantlyn. Dink aan die moontlilheid aan n vout indien geduik word en jy probeer die bal behou om aan te val want die tyd is min en die afstand ver. Dink aan die feit dat n strafskop die bonus punt dan sou ontneem het. Ons weet tans dat jy jou punte maklikker kry deur net te verdedig en nie direk vir die bal gaan nie. Dit is soos die nuwe reel, in meerderheid deur alle refs, toegepas word. Nie duim suig nie maar klaar al uitgelig as die probleem mbt die nuwe reel. Ek het ook opgespring en in talle gepraat, maar dalk was die besluit beter.

      Michael - 2012-03-24 12:04

      Hoor hoor Du Toit.. Jy praat mos nou sin!!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-24 16:03

      Might have been a good decision in term of points on the log, but it was not a good decision for the game of rugby.

      Wilhelm - 2012-03-24 16:54

      Keith, he probably needs to mature still but hell he's looking miles better than one-dimentional Steyn...

  • Keith - 2012-03-24 19:43

    Wilhelm Morne Steyn het vanmiddag op Loftus "gepraat".Die jong latte is goed vir ons rugby maar om Morne te onttroon gaan nie maklik wees nie.Die kompetisie is egter baie gesond.

  • Dave - 2012-03-24 21:01

    I hope the Cheetahs get kicked out of the tournament next year. What a disgraceful tactic for the front row to fake injuries so that there wasno pushing allowed in the scrums. South Africans should be embarrassed. They were getting absolutely anialated in the scrums but still try and compete you poofters. Enjoy obscurity next year cheaters.

      Staalburger - 2012-03-24 23:36

      Dave, you seem to deal in speculation. Do you have proof that the injuries were faked? Or that they cheated? I can just imagine how you would have whined if the Cheetahs won the game, which was very close. No wonder you wish they don't humiliate NZ next year.

      lourensv1 - 2012-03-26 14:49

      What a dingleberry kind of a bloke are you?Hope your team suck the rest of the season!! Wanker.

  • Esther - 2012-03-25 07:33

    Vir al jul ouens daar buite wat so 'n vry spraak het het oor Johan Goosen, wil jul net reg help. die roep het van die medic afgekom wat weer van bo afgekom het van naka hul. Johan sou nooit 'n bal net weg skop bie, daarvooor het is hy te veel van 'n sportman. So as jy jou respek wil verloor wat ek dink jy nie baie van het nie, verloor dit maar teenoor die bestuur en afrigters. Kry maar eers bitjie jul feite reg en dan kan jul hom uithaal. maar moenie soos ou vrouens sit en skinder as jul nie iets waardevols het om oor te praat nie. dis hoekom jul nooit so ver in die lewe gekom het nie. Kantlyn sitters noem mens jul. Mens kry skaam vir mense soos julle. Geniet jul dag

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