Rebels beat rusty Crusaders
Cape Town - The Rebels have stunned the seven-time champion Crusaders
in their opening Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Christchurch on Friday.
AS IT HAPPENED: Crusaders v Rebels
The Rebels won 20-10 after leading 13-10 at half-time.
The Rebels scored two tries through lock Lopeti Timani and scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker. Fullback Mike Harris was on target with both conversions and two penalties.
The Crusaders replied with a try by hooker Ben Funnell and a conversion and penalty by flyhalf Dan Carter.
Rebels picked up four points for their victory to take the early lead
in the Australian Conference and the Overall log, while the Crusaders
left empty-handed after losing by more than seven points.
next weekend's Round 2 action, the Rebels host the Waratahs in
Melbourne (Friday, February 20 at 10:40), while the Crusaders travel to
Dunedin to take on the Highlanders on Saturday, February 21 (08:35).
Colin Slade, 14 Robbie Fruean, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Tom Taylor, 11
Johnny McNicholl, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Luke
Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke
Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody
16 Codie Taylor, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Wyatt Crockett, 19 Scott Barrett,
20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Nathaniel Apa
Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11
Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham
(captain), 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke
Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith
16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Sam Jeffries,
20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia