Crusaders run riot in Nelson

2011-03-11 10:13

Nelson - The Crusaders beat the Brumbies 52-10 in their Vodacom Super 15 Rugby clash on Friday, with winger Sean Maitland scoring four tries and Daniel Carter kicking 20 points.

Maitland touched down once in the first half and three times in the second while Carter missed only one of nine shots at goal to ensure the Crusaders banked its second-straight win in the southern hemisphere tournament.

Sonny Bill Williams scored his second try in as many matches and his All Blacks team-mate, fullback Israel Dagg scored another as the Crusaders ran in 46 straight points after trailing 10-6 in the 20th minute.

Most of the damage was done between the 24th minute of the first half, when Maitland scored his first try to help the Crusaders to a 19-10 lead at half-time, and the 19th minute of the second when he scored his fourth to complete a 45-10 lead. Dagg's late try inflated the Crusaders' margin.

Crusaders' scrum looked shaky in the first quarter and the Brumbies caused it moments of concern, especially when Wallabies flyhalf Matt Giteau swooped on a dropped ball to score an convert a third minute try.

But Maitland's first try began the Crusaders resurgence, using aggressive defense to create turnovers and thriving on the counter attack.

Crusaders disrupted the Brumbies' set piece possession, and deprived them of fragments of possession won in other areas. From breakdown turnovers, even in deep defense, it fashioned outstanding tries which relied on enthusiastic support play and brilliant finishing paticularly from Maitland.

Crusaders captain Kieran Read said the team had learnt from the previous game when they struggled to beat the Waratahs.

"We talked about it all week and that 20 minutes after half-time really showed that we can put teams away," Read said.

"You've got to work teams out and work them over before you can put it wide so in that second half it really came off. The boys played well and I'm really stoked about the way we played tonight."

Maitland's first try came from an outstanding break by influential scrumhalf Andy Ellis which was well supported by Williams and Carter.

Maitland scored again in the first, eighth and 19th minutes of the second half and Williams scored in the third as the Crusaders piled on 26 points in less than 20 minutes.

Canterbury was as impressive in defense as attack, illustrated best in the 61st minute when center Robbie Fruean chased Brumbies' Adam Ashley-Cooper, who had broken away from an intercept, and cut him down inches from the goalline in a try-saving tackle.

"It was just turnover ball and for some reason we were just lazy really," Brumbies captain Giteau said. "We're talking a lot at the moment, we're just not acting on it so it's pretty disappointing.

"We were still pretty happy that the score was as close as it was at halftime, then in the second half we didn't have any ball and when we did we turned it over and you just can't do that."


15. Israel Dagg, 14. Sean Maitland, 13. Robert Fruean, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Adam Whitelock, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Andy Ellis, 8. Kieran Read (captain), 7. Matt Todd, 6. George Whitelock, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Chris Jack, 3. Ben Franks, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Owen Franks, 18. Brad Thorn, 19. Jonathan Poff, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Matthew Berquist, 22. Tom Marshall

15. Pat McCabe, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Robbie Coleman, 11. Francis Fainifo, 10. Matt Giteau (captain),9. Josh Valentine, 8. Ita Vaea, 7. Colby Faingaa, 6. Mitch Chapman, 5. Mark Chisholm, 4. Ben Hand, 3. Dan Palmer, 2. Steve Moore, 1. Ben Alexander

Substitutes: 16. Huia Edmonds, 17. Salesi Ma'afu, 18. Peter Kimlin, 19. Julian Salvi, 20. Patrick Phibbs, 21. Matt Toomua, 22. Christian Lealiifano


  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-11 10:17

    What a game to watch.....the Saders centres are SCARY SCARY SCARY. Can't wait to see Meisiekind and Pretorious up against Sonny Bill Williams and Freuen. CARNAGE?

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-11 10:49

      Or de Villiers??? Way overrated.

      Makutu - 2011-03-11 11:09

      Yes Smurf... De velliers will get a beating. Way way too overrated!

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-11 11:13

      For sure! Only highlights of meisiekind's game is in his hair.

      Dan - 2011-03-11 11:27

      Sick how South Africans tend to bash their own players. Quite pathetic actually and tell you something about our mentality.

      gooinat - 2011-03-11 11:31

      Bulls play Saders in Nelson, eina,big hiding coming that day,De Jongh will sort Sonny Boy out,he knows how to tackle around the ankles!!!

      BALSAK - 2011-03-11 12:39

      I agree, these guys will KILL Meisiekind and Pretorius....

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 13:00

      Whatever,,,Show me the Stormer Super Trophy,,,,,o sorry i forgot ,,,,,,You did not win it ,,,ever,hahahaahahahahahahahahahahaha,,,stormers suck,big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 13:04

      Last four games Bulls vs Crusaders Bulls won three and lost one by three points,and we won them twice in a semi final,,And the Stormers did What? ,,,,,,Lost like the suckers they are

      dushaas - 2011-03-11 13:53

      I agree, it's gonna be carnage. Love the highlights joke!!! haha, winkelpop will not close shop. They are gonna break you! I called the highlanders loss and I'm calling a huge hiding against the saders! Bulls are losers, just like their supporters! Makutu, there is a reason JdeV is rated so highly.

      mike - 2011-03-11 14:00

      Saffa you sure you not a Bulls supporter, maybe just in the closet because you spend more time talking about them then any other team. You truely are fascinated by them and in particular WO and Spies. Does your wife think they sexy or do you?

      gooinat - 2011-03-11 14:19

      @AL Weer Wyn,thats history my buddy,I'm talking about the future!!!!!!!!!!

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-11 17:20

      Peenat, julle trophy is nog baie ver in die future.

  • earlbok - 2011-03-11 10:27

    we better watch out for this Saders team,they took over the AB's RUNNING gameplan (seems the bulls did the same with the boks gameplan= kick ,tackle missed but tackle again, try hard to win possesion then kick it back) my point is if the Saders get momentum with their high running game which the bulls & boks can't contain we'll lose the S15 & world cup to the AB's

      sessisie - 2011-03-11 10:37

      Good summation.

  • Jean - 2011-03-11 10:48

    Did not watch the game? But maybe the brumbies were or are just kak this year?! and I heard that Matt Giteau got a yellow!They did lose to the rebels!?

      mike - 2011-03-11 21:43

      Got to see the extended highlights and yeah the Brumbies were shocking, you can't play like that against the Crusaders and not expect to get a hiding.

      Andy49 - 2011-03-11 22:31

      The Brumbies are not the team they were last year having lost too many top players, however Saders were awesome.

  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-11 10:50

    I bet Andy Friend is smiling from ear to ear.

  • thumper - 2011-03-11 10:54

    Pappa Smurf has got a bad case of blue balls it seems

      Shistirrer - 2011-03-11 11:34

      No, he's suffering from a bad case of "poep-oog" from looking up into the Stormers and Sharks' backsides from below them on the log.

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-11 12:42

      Super champions vs Choice cup champions.

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 13:12

      Yes he got it by humping your sister that lives in Danville

  • Striker - 2011-03-11 11:33

    Skattebol and Pretorious

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-11 11:37

    On a sad note - this earthquake with the tsunamis is a dreadful tragedy. Our friends in New Zealand have also been issued with serious Tsunami warnings. My thoughts with allllllllllllllllllllllllllll of you in the Pacific. :(

      gooinat - 2011-03-11 11:44

      Agreed ,time everybody stands still for a couple of minutes and to think of those that have been affected by this tradegy,our thoughts and prayers are with all and there families,God Bless...........

      gooinat - 2011-03-11 12:01

      So Sad,our thought and prayers go out to all that has been affected by this terrible tradegy,lets all take a minute to think of those that been affected.....God Bless

  • Crusader Man - 2011-03-13 10:22

    well done lads... The form team at the moment.. Cnsidering what we have been thru.. will always support u guys..

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