Crusaders hold off Waratahs

    2013-05-31 11:17

    Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor

    Cape Town - The Crusaders have beaten the Waratahs in a pulsating Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Friday.

    The seven-time champion Crusaders won 23-22 after trailling 15-10 at half-time.

    VIDEO: Crusaders v Waratahs, highlights

    The Crusaders scored two tries through hooker Corey Flynn and flank Matt Todd. Flyhalf Dan Carter was on target with both conversions as well as three penalties.

    The Waratahs replied with tries by wings Cam Crawford and Peter Betham as well as flyhalf Bernard Foley. Scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin added two conversions and a penalty.

    Waratahs replacement Berrick Barnes had a penalty in the dying seconds of the match to win it for the visitors, but his effort sailed to the right of the posts.

    The Crusaders picked up four points for their victory to strengthen their hold on second spot in the New Zealand Conference and move up to fourth in the Overall standings.

    The Waratahs picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but remained third and eighth in the Australian Conference and Overall log, respectively.

    In next weekend's Round 17 action - for Australian teams only - the Waratahs will travel to Perth to play the Force (Sunday, June 9 at 08:05 SA time).



    15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Willie Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Luke Whitelock, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Robbie Fruean, 22 Adam Whitelock


    15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Cooper, 6 Pat McCutcheon, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Benn Robinson

    Substitutes: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Will Skelton, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Matt Lucas, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Drew Mitchell

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