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Super Rugby Aotearoa – Crusaders outclass Blues at home

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The Crusaders kept their unbeaten record at home in tact with a great comeback win against the Blues on Saturday.

Trailing for most part of the game they hit the front with some brilliant play by Mo’unga and were just too good for the Blues in the final 15 minutes.

At the end the 26-15 scoreline was a true reflection off the game and just proofs how good the Crusaders really are at the moment.

The Blues had a good start turning the ball over early on to put all the pressure on the Crusaders.

The pressure from the Blues got them the reward after two pressure scrums from the visitors. The first saw the TMO disallowing the try off Sotutu.

It took them not long to get that first try with the forwards going at the Crusaders again from a scrum before the ball went out wide to Telea to get over in the corner.

This gave the Blues a 7-0 lead.

The Crusaders had their chances in the Blues twenty two but some brilliant defence kept them out. The Crusaders kicking game was also off by a long way at this stage off the game.

The Crusaders eventually got on the board through a penalty off Richie Mo’unga to make the Blues lead only 7-3 after 28 minutes into the first half.

It became a one point game with another penalty by Mo’unga after the Blues were starting to give away too many penalties in their own half.

The Saders had the better off the possession and territory in the final minutes off the first half but some really hard direct defence from the Blues force them playing behind the advantage line.

The Blues went into the break with a 7-6 lead.

The Blues started the second as the first with full-out attack on the Crusaders line but defence was good enough for the home side to keep them out.

Black kicked the first points of the second half to extend the Blues lead to 10-6.

The Crusaders hit back with a penalty off their own to make it a one point game and all to play for.

The Blues got a crucial call as the TMO saw that the ball was carried over from the home side which gave them a scrum. From the scrum the Blues got the penalty and from a quick take Ioane found the try line for the Blues second try off the match.

This took their lead to 15-9

The Crusaders came back immediately with a great pass from Richie Mo’unga who started to dominate the game. That gave the the lead in the game for the first time 16-15.

With the Crusaders camping on the Blues line another penalty from Mo’unga extend their lead to 19-15.

The Crusaders just stepped up to another level in the final 15 minutes to take the game away from the Blues. It was that man Will Jordan again that score the next try for the home side.

This took their lead to 26-15 with minutes left in the game.

At the end the Crusaders was just too good yet again and took the win at home against really the only team that can challenge them for the title.

Scorers:

Crusaders: Tries: Mitchell Drummond, Will Jordan Conversions: Richie Mo’unga (2) Penalties: Richie Mo’unga (4)

Blues: Tries: Mark Telea, Rieko Ioane Conversions: Otere Black  Penalties: Otere Black

 

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