Lions 13 v Crusaders 23


It was 2007 when the controversial Graham Henry resting policy sent a weakened Crusaders to the Coke Tin and an Andre Pretorius and Jacque Fourie lead midfield gave the Lions an amazing run of three consecutive wins to start Super Rugby off… it went south from there of course…

Interesting snippet

The Crusaders have won half their games ever played in SA and with this have the best record of any overseas team playing in South Africa. Bonus snippet: To exacerbate matters for the injury ravaged Lions, this game sees the return to action of one Dan Carter….

Table positions at the start of Round 6

Lions: 7

Crusaders: 7

Average score: Lions 27 Crusaders 38

Last five results
20 Mar 2010 Lions v Crusaders 19-46 Christchurch
01 May 2009 Lions v Crusaders 20-32 Johannesburg
12 Apr 2008 Lions v Crusaders 6-31 Christchurch
17 Feb 2007 Lions v Crusaders 9-3 Johannesburg
17 Mar 2006 Lions v Crusaders 15-43 Christchurch

Lions overall record against the Crusaders
Played 13, Wins 3, Losses 10 , Draws 0

Date: Saturday 31 March
Venue : Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Roussouw (South Africa)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)



John Mitchell has delayed naming his team till Friday to give injured players, including Elton Jantjes, a chance to recover.


1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. George Whitelock, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Kieran Read, 9. Andy Ellis, , 10. Daniel Carter,11. Zac Guildford, 12. Tom Taylor, 13. Robbie Fruean, 14. Sean Maitland, 15. Israel Dagg

Reserves: 16. Quentin MacDonald , 17. Ben Franks, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. Luke Whitelock , 20. Willi Heinz , 21. Ryan Crotty22. Tom Marshall

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  1. Yes, David interesting snippet you give us there. I didn’t realise the Saders had done that well in SA and it sort of puts yesterday’s deserved first victory by the Cheetahs in NZ in perspective. Given their traditional slow start to the season (they are second from bottom on the NZ conference table and midtable in the combined one) , it could be interesting first Highveld game for them this arvo.

  2. oh and by the way , Dan made his return to action last week against the Cheetahs in Christchurch. Maybe you mean he is making his return to the starting 15 today?

  3. Oh and this was pathetic nonsense from the Lions…

    If this is the ind of rugby they want to play they deserve to go bankrupt, lose their fans and get replaced by the Spears / Kings / EP / A.N. Other

  4. again and again pathatic rugby from the kick off!!! I dont know anymore!! this is really getting rediculous!!! What could the problem be is the behind the scenes thing getting worse………..

  5. I can understand you may be sore that your side lost but you Lions supporters demand a lot from your side ! I have just watched the replay of this game and didn’t come away with the negative feelings some have towards your team. The Crusaders who we are told have won +50% of their ganes in SA, had to battle every step of the way to secure this win

    Also a bit much to compare the Lions side to the Spears. The Spears haven’t even made the step up from Vodacom rugby to Currie Cup rugby and the step from there to Superugby is a big one too.

  6. And every second year or so we are treated to a match with two teams wearing identical jumpers.

    Seriously pathetic!