Hamilton - Flyhalf Colin Slade kicked six goals, taking advantage of a one-sided
penalty count, to boost the Crusaders to an 18-17 win over defending
champions the Chiefs in Super Rugby on Saturday.
with six of eight attempts, landing three in each half and twice hitting
the uprights, to improve his record in the Crusaders' last two matches
to 14 goals from 18 attempts.
He helped the Christchurch-based
Crusaders outscore the Chiefs 9-0 in the second half, after they had
trailed 17-9 at halftime, and post their third straight win after
back-to-back victories in South Africa.
Slade's opposite, Gareth
Anscombe, kicked four from five for the Chiefs before missing a
long-range attempt in the 82nd minute which could have won the match.
Tom Marshall scored a try against his former teammates — the only try
of a match highlighted by vigorously physical defense — to give the
Chiefs a 17-9 halftime lead after they had trailed 9-3 in the 15th
Slade kicked three from three to give the Crusaders an
early lead before Anscombe replied with four from four to put the Chiefs
ahead for the first time, at 12-9, in the 37th minute.
beat three defenders, including All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg, two
minutes later for a try that created the first real separation between
the teams. But Slade cut the lead to five points with his fourth penalty
in the 50th minute, hit the posts with his sixth and seventh attempts,
then added penalties in the 67th and 70th minutes to give his team its
final one-point margin.
The Crusaders had five kickable penalties
in the second half while the Chiefs had only one and that came two
minutes after the fulltime siren. The attempt, from 54 meters, was
beyond Anscombe's range and the Crusaders held on to their fifth win
from eight games, moving up to fifth place and within two points of the
Chiefs in the New Zealand conference.
"I was proud of the way we
fought back and got the momentum back our way," said Ryan Crotty, who
finished as Crusaders captain after Kieran Read was forced from the
field with an injury in the 30th minute. "We had it early but they
really had it towards the back end of that first half. But we really
ground our way back. It was one of the Crusaders games of old, we really
dug deep and clawed our way back into it."
The Chiefs were
possibly the better team in a rain-drenched match but they had a costly
tendency to kick away the cream of their possession. They were also
unable to stem a flow of penalties which favored the Crusaders at the
start of both halves.
Chiefs - Try: Tom Marshall; Penalties: Gareth Anscombe (4)
Crusaders: Penalties: Colin Slade (6) Teams:Chiefs
15 Tom Marshall, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam (captain), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 Jordan Payne.Crusaders
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Tom Taylor, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Tyler Bleyendaal, 23 Adam Whitelock