Crusaders edge Reds

2012-05-06 08:29

Christchurch - Crusaders flyhalf Tom Taylor slotted five penalties, two in the final six minutes, to give the seven-times Super Rugby champions a 15-11 victory over the Reds here on Sunday.

Taylor's fifth penalty, with three minutes remaining, came after an error by replacement winger Rod Davis, who got isolated inside his own 22m area and held onto the ball too long.

"We are happy to scrape away with the win," Crusaders captain Kieran Read said in a televised interview. "The performance wasn't there but I guess it's character for the boys and they hung in there."

The Reds had won the last three matches against the Crusaders, and Sunday's game was played with the same intensity as last year's final, which the Reds won 18-13.

Much of the match was played between the 22m areas, and while the home side looked the most dangerous the Reds' defence snuffed out many of their attacking movement.

The Crusaders also dropped too many passes and were heavily penalised at the breakdown as the Reds got men over the ball.

Reds hooker James Hanson scored the only try, created after pressure on Crusaders scrumhalf Andy Ellis forced a turnover in the first minute, while Taylor slotted two penalties for the home side to give them a 6-5 lead at the break.

Reds utility back Mike Harris gave his side the lead again early in the second half when he kicked his first penalty though Taylor responded with his third to give them a 9-8 lead.

Harris slotted his second penalty after replacement prop Wyatt Crockett was sin-binned for a shoulder charge on Reds scrumhalf Will Genia, before Taylor slotted his final two penalties to give the Crusaders the win.

"We did some really silly things and that's what hurt us ... and we gave the Crusaders too much ball and let them off the hook a bit," Reds captain James Horwill said.

"There were a couple of crucial times where things didn't go right for us and that let us down." 


Crusaders: Penalties: Tom Taylor (5)

Reds: Try: James Hanson. Penalties: Mike Harris (2).

Referee: Bryce Lawrence (NZL)


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

Substitutes: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Sam Whitelock, 19. Richie McCaw, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Ryan Crotty, 22. Tom Marshall

15 Luke Morahan, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Jake Schatz, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Greg Holmes

Substitutes: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Eddie Quirk, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Rod Davies


  • Calvin - 2012-05-06 09:10

    Not Crusaders but 'Bryce Disgrace ' edge past Reds

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-06 10:33

      Watched this game on pvr - no doubt you are right.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-06 10:53

      McCaw is an out and out cheat. End of.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-06 11:03

      No Dave, the little boy calling another blogger names is the 12 year old. As a half kiwi half saffa I have no reason to be biased for or against any of the teams but Ritchie and his lot get away with murder, and Lawrence is not only a terrible referee, but he also aides and abets the kiwi sides. My anger is more embarrassment because what should have been a clear RWC title for NZ is tarred by their dirty brushes. If you can't be honest with yourself that is fine, but there is no need to lash out like a child.

      Dave - 2012-05-06 11:39

      I am afraid that you are the pathetic little child. You call the three times IRB player of the year a cheat and expect me to believe that you have more intellect than a piece of lint. You need to face facts, Richie is probably the best player in the history of the game and New Zealand will remain WORLD CHAMPIONS for a minimum 4 years, so suck it up princess.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-06 11:43

      Dave, you don't even have a proper profile... 1 Billion Chinese will also tell you Chairman Mau was a great leader - doesn't make it so. Enjoy the delusion.

      Dave - 2012-05-06 11:46

      We have a nice shiny cup with our name on it. What do you have? Nothing because you can't even beat Scotland. Go choke loser.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-06 11:52

      You are hilarious.

      Dave - 2012-05-06 11:56

      Thank you but you are still a muppet.

  • gawie.krotz - 2012-05-06 09:28

    The reds played very well but obviously not well enough to win them the game.why blame the ref..the crusaders got a pretty good defense system and the reds made to much errors..I bed most of those people who blame the ref obviously never played rugby in their lifes.

      Lindsay - 2012-05-06 09:35

      The commentators acknowledged Bryce was inconsistent. Liam Gill was unfortunate to get penalised so often and I played rugby. The crusaders did enough at end

      frikdt - 2012-05-06 09:55

      I can only hope you are using a Julius Malema while you bed all those people...

  • Donavan - 2012-05-06 09:32

    cant help it, every time you see lawrence reffing a game you assume the kiwi team playing have an extra player on the field.

  • corrie.bresler - 2012-05-06 11:14

    Crusders in another 'unfortunate' eye-gouging incident. This time around 29 minutes into the first half on the best performing REDS player, Scott Higginbottom. Also around 50 minutes into the match Richie McCaw thinking he is playing grid-iron instead of rugby, blocking the defence. Guess who the ref is. I wonder if he will also be pointed out. Crockett at least got a yellow card for his shoulder charge. I hope that this incident is put on his permanent record so that he will not be let off easier in future as per Kevin Mealamu's head-butt a couple of years ago. Still remember Sir Henry's comment at that time. Kevin is such a gentleman on the field that such play is just not possible from him.

      gawie.krotz - 2012-05-06 11:29

      Hopefully that wasn't eye-gouging,even a child can see it was unintentional...we all know what happened in the crusaders-bulls game..bulls accusing the crusaders of eye-gouging to disrupt their style of play. unfortunately the accusations the bulls made were all false..same on them.

      corrie.bresler - 2012-05-06 11:39

      @gawie.krotz. Look again, the defender is going for Higginbottom's head, also a punishable offence.

      corrie.bresler - 2012-05-06 11:53

      @Dave. The Bulls incident was not proven false. To refresh your memory, which seems affected by something in some way, the decision was that no video could be found to support the allegation. That is not to say that the incident did not happen. I agree that Van der Merwe's injury was not the result of an eye-gouging, but Rallepelle's is the one that was investigated.

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-06 11:59

      dave where was the bulls eye gouging proved false, there just wasn't evidence to substantiate their claims doesn't mean it didn't happen.

  • AcidBlade - 2012-05-06 12:07

    7 times Super Rugby Champs..... ENOUGH SAID!!!!!!!!!

  • Dewald - 2012-05-06 15:54

    Dave, wat rook jy my maat...

  • goofree - 2012-05-07 08:15

    You are guilty when proven they didn't have any evidence against the crusaders that's the law in a democracy society until proven other wise it didn't happen and too say the incident was not proven false by the Bulls then prove it was instead of making assumptions .

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