The Crusaders made it the third win for the away team so far in round 1 when they beat the Blues 24-22.
A bit lucky at the end but made the most of their chances and the best way to start their season.
The Crusaders were strong in all departments and their defence may have won them this game, keeping the Blues out at crucial stages of the match.
The Blues had the upper-hand at the start but could not convert possession into points and could only show 3 points for the efforts.
The Saders were first on the board with a penalty try to take the lead 5-3.
With little ball the Crusaders put pressure on the Blues and force the referee to award a penalty try after a lineout were pulled down.
This let them extend the lead to 12-3 and the Blues with a yellow card.
The rest off the half did not gave us much and the teams went into the break with the Crusaders leading.
The Blues came right in the second half with two tries to take the lead the from the Saders but the Crusaders just showed why they are champions and came back when it was needed.
With the score at 17-all the Saders had a scrum on the Blues line which they again got a penalty try after they demolished the Blues scrum.
This gave them a lead of 24-17 with minutes to go but a yellow card opened the door for the Blues and they took it.
They scored a try but could not convert the try which left the Blues two points behind at 24-22.
With minutes to go the Blues got a penalty but could not convert it which gave the Crusaders the opportunity to hold on to the win.
Although they lost, the Blues looks like a very good team this year and next week they wil be tested in Durban against the Sharks.
Tries: Akira Ioane, Ofa Tuungafasi, Augustine Pulu
Conversions: Otere Black, Harry Plummer
Tries: Manasa Mataele (2), Penalty Try (2)
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