Crusaders ease to victory over Jaguares
Cape Town - The Crusaders overcame a hostile crowd and unpredictable Jaguares side to ease to victory in their Super Rugby clash in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
The Crusaders won 40-14 after leading 19-0 at half-time.
The Crusaders scored six tries through wings George Bridge (2) and Manasa Mataele (2), flyhalf Mitchell Hunt and centre Ryan Crotty. Hunt was also on target with four conversions, while replacement pivot Mike Delany added a conversion of his own.
The Jaguares replied with tries by fullback Joaquin Tuculet and wing Emiliano Boffelli. Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez landed both conversions in an otherwise frustrating outing for the home side who struggled to make inroads into the eight-time champions - and maintain their discipline.
The Crusaders picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and ominously moved to the top of the New Zealand Conference and into second on the Overall log.
The Jaguares left empty-handed and remained bottom of the South African Conference and in 13th in the Overall standings.
In next weekend's Round 9 action, the Crusaders have a bye, while the Jaguares travel to Melbourne to play the Rebels (Saturday, April 14 at 07:15 SA time).
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista
Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10
Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos
Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Julian Montoya, 17 Felipe Arregui, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Guido Petti,
20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Jeronimo de la Fuente,
23 Ramiro Moyano
Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George
Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 7 Matt
Todd, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael
Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry
Substitutes: 16 Ben
Funnell, 17 Donald Brighouse, 18 Chris King, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Pete
Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mike Delany, 23 Braydon Ennor