BNZ Crusaders post bonus point win over Sunwolves in tough conditions
- Saturday 21st April 2018
But as the weather deteriorated and the hail pelted down, the Sunwolves took control of the game with their superb ball retention in the wet and fast defence causing plenty of frustration for the home side. The Sunwolves outscored the Crusaders 11-0 for a 40 minute period.
But the BNZ Crusaders' class shone through when Ryan Crotty laid on a superb solo try to extend the lead to 21-11 after 56 minutes.
The Sunwolves never gave up and continued to throw the ball around, but it was the Crusaders who finished stronger with tries to Manasa Mataele and Jack Stratton on debut capping off the bonus point 33-11 victory.
At 14-0 down after just seven minutes, the Sunwolves could have easily rolled over but they showed heart to fight back and make the Crusaders work for their win.
The Crusaders also welcomed three new caps in Jack Stratton, Ethan Blackadder and Harry Allan in the victory.
Scorers: BNZ Crusaders 33 (Ryan Crotty 2, Matt Todd, Manasa Mataele, Jack Stratton tries, Mike Delany 3 con, Mitch Hunt con) Sunwolves 11 (Michael Little try, Hayden Parker 2 pen). HT: 14-5
BNZ Crusaders make it two from two on tour
- Sunday 8th April 2018
BNZ Crusaders tame Lions in Johannesburg
- Monday 2nd April 2018
Outstanding second half defence by the BNZ Crusaders kept the Lions to only one penalty goal as the visitors repeated their Investec Super Rugby final effort of last year to claim a 14-8 win at Emirates Park in Johannesburg on Monday (NZT).
BNZ Crusaders secure bonus point win over Bulls in Christchurch
- Friday 23rd March 2018
BNZ Crusaders Lose Thriller In Dunedin
- Saturday 17th March 2018
The Highlanders maintained their unbeaten run at home, and turned back the Crusaders in a pulsating 25-17 win at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday.