Match Reports

Crusaders make it two from two in SA

The Crusaders are the first team to achieve a clean sweep on tour in 2014, winning their second South African game on Sunday morning against the Cheetahs.   Six tries and a half century on the scoreboard makes it their most impressive game of the season so far, but the win was far from a certainty when they were trailing by five points with 16 minutes left to play.

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Patience pays off for Crusaders at Ellis Park

The Crusaders are the first Super Rugby team to cross the Indian Ocean and win in 2014 so far, beating the Lions 28-7.  They played a simple and conservative game that showed up the Lions’ lack of discipline at Ellis Park on Sunday morning.  While the Lions insisted on running the ball and paid for their mistakes, the Crusaders exercised patience and self-restraint, regularly kicking for territory and waiting for the Lions to commit errors.

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Crusaders rue loss to the Hurricanes

Seven tries, a see-sawing lead and a three point margin at fulltime made for an exciting derby match between the Crusaders and Hurricanes, but not one with the result the Crusaders wanted.

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Crusaders stagger to a second win

The Crusaders have taken their second win of the season in unspectacular fashion, holding the Rebels at bay in Melbourne on Friday night.  It was a dour display of rugby with just one try apiece and penalties making up the rest of the points.

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Crusaders scrape past Stormers

The Crusaders scraped together their first win of the season on Saturday night against the Stormers in Christchurch. In a game full of penalties from both sides, it appeared as if the Stormers would prevail early on in the match until a late try from newcomer Kieron Fonotia settled the battered nerves of the home crowd.

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