Home Crusaders v Blues (Result)

    Crusaders v Blues (Result)



    It was not pretty but the Crusaders took the win over the Blues on Saturday 19-11.

    Both teams made plenty of mistakes and where just not able to get it going for long periods of time. The Crusaders dominated the match but only two tries in the match explains the way things went for both sides.

    The Crusaders quickly got themselves in the Blues red zone dominating play early on.

    They tried a lineout drive but did not work with the Blues defence up to the challenge and eventually had to take the three points to take the early lead after 8 minutes.

    They slotted another penalty over before they got there first try with some magic from Richie Mo’unga who put a little kick over the Blues and Bryn Hall at the end of it.

    This gave them a 13-0 lead early on.

    The Blues got into the home side half and after a few phases forced a penalty which they decided to kick to put them on the board.

    The Blues defence got better as the half went on but could not do anything with the limited ball they got. They also kicked too many ball away with no real chasers.

    Although the home side had most of the ball and territory they could not add to their score going into the break with a 13-3 lead.

    The game could not really get going in the beginning of the second half with both teams making a few mistakes on attack.

    The Crusaders did had an opportunity for three points but the kick was missed by Mo’unga.

    The Crusaders was again robbed from a try when Mo’unga went over for a try in the corner but was taken out high. The Officials decided it was not high.

    The Blues slotted a long range kick over to reduce the lead to 13-6 with 23 minutes to go.

    The home side extended the lead immediately again with a penalty of their own.

    The game took a turn with Rieko Ioane going over in the corner for the Blues to make it a five point game.

    The home side got back to an eight point lead with a penalty with four minutes left on the clock.


    Crusaders Crusaders 19   11 Blues Blues

    Crusaders: Try: Bryn Hall Conversion: Richie Mo’unga Penalties: Mo’unga (4)

    Blues: Try: Rieko Ioane Penalties: Harry Plummer (2)


    Date Time League Season Full Time
    May 25, 2019 09:30 Super Rugby 2019 Vodacom Super Rugby 2019 80'


    AMI Stadium


    TeamLosing Bonus PointPenaltyTriesConversions4 TRY BPPointsOutcome


    19 - 11217628'
        • 76'

          Penalty over from Richie Mo’unga, and they in a 8 point lead now again

        • 76'

          Penalty for Crusaders and they go for points to get out of a try range...

        • 71'

          Blues back in the game and it is a 5 point game with 8 min to go

        • 71'

          TRY TIME!! Blues!!! finally some action in the second half...TMO to check...TRY STAND!!

        • 61'

          And the Blues stuff it up knocking the ball on in the lineout

        • 60'

          Blues on attack now after penalty kick to the corner

        • 59'

          Crusaders now with a penalty...Also OVER!!! lead extended again

        • 57'

          Blues with a long shot at points....OVER

        • 52'

          How that is not a high tackle only they know

        • 52'

          Richie Mo’unga lost the ball over the line and referee say tackle was not high, another huge mistake by officials

        • 52'

          Crusaders over the line and TMO to look for high tackle....

        • 47'

          Crusaders with penalty and going for points but missed it

        • 42'

          NO TRY!!! knock on by Saders in the lead up to the try

        • 42'

          TRY TIME!! Saders!! but TMO to have a look

        • 40'

          We back for the second half

        • 40'

          That is halftime with the Saders leading

        • 36'

          There is some feeling out there

        • 32'

          Blues defence is holding this time around and got out of their red zone

        • 28'

          Another penalty for Saders and they call for a scrum five meters out

        • 25'

          Another scrum penalty for Saders and they go for the lineout

        • 24'

          Crusaders starting to look like they getting into their rhythm which is not good for Blues

        • 22'

          Blues finally get in Saders half get the turnover and force a penalty...going for points....OVER!!! Plummer puts first points on the board for the Blues

        • 19'

          TRY TIME Crusaders!!! Richie Mo’unga with the little kick and OVER

        • 19'

          There is a lot of kicking from both sides going on, which is strange to see specially because it is not good kicking

        • 18'

          Crusaders making a few errors which we are not use to

        • 13'

          Saders with another penalty and going for points....OVER by Richie Mo’unga and home side lead 6-0

        • 13'

          Blues try their hand on attack but Saders defence up to it

        • 8'

          Crusaders take the lead with penalty by Richie Mo’unga,

        • 6'

          Great defence by Blues, keeping the Saders maul out

        • 5'

          Early pressure on the Blues at scrum time....Crusaders going for the lineout

        • 2'

          Crusaders quick to get on attack and early on with all the play

        • The Crusaders’ Sevu Reece and Blues’ Rieko Ioane have each made 24 clean breaks this Super Rugby season, more than any other players in the competition.

        • The Blues have enjoyed an average of 18 minutes and four seconds time in possession per game this Super Rugby season, more than any other team in the competition.

        • The Crusaders are undefeated in their last 26 Super Rugby games on home turf (W25, D1); three of their last four such wins have come after trailing at half-time.

        • The Blues have won four of their last 39 Super Rugby matches against New Zealand teams (D1, L34); though, all four of those wins came on home turf on the day.

        • The Crusaders have won 10 of their last 11 Super Rugby matches against the Blues (L1), including the last nine matches on the bounce.

        Leave a comment