Crusaders fumble past Lions
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.
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.
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
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