Crusaders fumble past Lions

    2015-03-14 07:19

    Christchurch - The return of forwards Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read from an extended summer break added some power to the Crusaders pack as they beat the Lions 34-6 in their Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Saturday.

    Whitelock and Read had been given more time off to recover from the All Blacks end of season tour and were making their first appearance for the seven-times champions this week.

    Their strength and experience helped the Crusaders' pack demolish the Lions in the set-piece, with the scrum a constant problem for the visitors as they had prop Julian Redelinghuys sin-binned and conceded a penalty try when he was off the field.

    Replacement back Kieron Fonotia also scored a try while the Lions were down to 14 men. Scrumhalf Andy Ellis had opened the scoring with a fifth-minute try from an attacking scrum, while Read scored the bonus-point try with four minutes remaining.

    All Blacks' flyhalf Daniel Carter, who was playing at inside centre after returning from a leg injury he sustained in the first week, kicked four conversions and two penalties.

    Carter lasted a full 80 minutes and showed some signs that he was working his way back into the rhythm of top-class rugby but still lacked the cutting thrust evident throughout much of his career.

    The Lions, who beat the Blues last week with a late try but relied on a tough defence to spoil play, again rarely threatened and flyhalf Elton Jantjies' two penalties were their only points.



    15 Tom Taylor, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 David Havili


    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Sampie Mastriet, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Corne Fourie

    Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Andries Ferreira, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. Howard Mnisi

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