Crusaders win remarkable game against Blues

One can never get tired of seeing the comeback wins from the Crusaders and they did it again on Friday against the Blues at home when they beat them at the end 33-24.

At a certain stage in the second half it almost looked like the Blues have hit the self-destructed button and one has too feel for them after a brilliant first half that gave them a 21-5 lead.  The seven-time champions overturned a 19-point lead into to a 9 point win after they were totally dominated by the blues.

It was 28 unanswered points during that last 30 odd minutes in the second half that gave the Crusaders a remarkable win.

The Blues started the match great and enjoyed above 80% in territory and possession in the first quarter of the match scoring the first try of the match through George Moala.

The Crusaders worked their way back into the clash and cored from one of their few attacking opportunities through Manasa Mataele to reduce the deficit to two points.

The Blues still dominated the game in both attacking and defense and they went into the break with a deserved lead of 21-5.

Piers Francis put the first points of the second half on for the Blues with a penalty , but then the Crusaders Pete Samu was awarded a contentious try from the back of a lineout drive.

A few minutes later replacement, Ben Funnell, went over from a driving maul to help make it just a five-point ball game.

It was at this point the Blues pressed that self-destruct bottom. The Crusaders did it again with Mitchell Hunt darting over for a well-taken try in the 72nd minute, with Mitch Drummond scored with the final play of the game to complete another incredible comeback.

The scorers:

For Crusaders:
Tries:
Mataele, Samu, Funnell, Hunt, Drummond
Cons: Hunt 4

For Blues:
Tries:
Moala 2, Pulu
Cons: Francis 3
Pen: Francis

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3 Comments on Crusaders win remarkable game against Blues

  1. Didn’t watch more than first 20 mins of this game Bekke, so really dont know about the ref, but the rebels vs chiefs game was horrible refereeing. Rebels got away with murder.

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