BNZ Crusaders make a storming start to their South African leg
- Saturday 22nd April 2017
Heading for the South African leg of their Investec Super Rugby campaign, the BNZ Crusaders achieved a bonus point 57-24 win over the Stormers in Christchurch on Saturday.
Crockett sets record with win over Sunwolves
- Friday 14th April 2017
The BNZ Crusaders have celebrated Wyatt Crockett’s record breaking 176th Investec Super Rugby appearance in style with a bonus point 50-3 win over the Sunwolves in Christchurch.
BNZ Crusaders put 45 points on the Force
- Friday 24th March 2017
BNZ Crusaders come back again to beat Blues
- Friday 17th March 2017
Duffie found room in mid-field, passed to lock Gerard Cowley-Tuioti before halfback Augustine Pulu linked with Duffie on the blindside and there was time for him to find second five-eighths George Moala lurking in support on the goal-line to cross after 10 minutes.
It was 18 minutes before the BNZ Crusaders were able to set an attacking opportunity on the Blues 22m line and they built pressure through their lineout maul and second five-eighths Ryan Crotty was pushed out in the corner after receiving a fine long flat pass from prop Owen Franks.
Then from another chance close to the line lock Scott Barrett, prop Joe Moody and halfback Bryn Hall all went close before Hunt played halfback and fired a long pass to wing Manasa Mataele on his opposite wing to dive through in the corner for a try on debut.
The Blues got back on attack and it was Pulu and the hard-driving lock Patrick Tuipulotu who took an unexpected reverse pass to break and then link back with Pulu who stepped his way to the line, wasn't held in a tackle, and got over to extend the lead in the 30th minute.
Duffie again found more space from a poor BNZ Crusaders clearance and found left wing Melani Nanai before the ruck was created. The ball was cleared and Moala found himself easily able to penetrate the line populated by Crusaders tight forwards for his second try.
The Crusaders had a hot chance to close the margin just before half-time but in a key move from a five-metre lineout the ball was knocked out in the transfer from the lineout.
Francis landed a 47th minute penalty goal to extend the lead, but the BNZ Crusaders made use of defensive penalties to get up to the line to utilise their lineout maul and in the 50th minute it was replacement flanker Pete Samu who scored on the peel, although there was some suggestion in the television replay that he had lost the ball. No TV evidence was sought.
They had lost their momentum and the Crusaders took advantage to get back into Blues territory and use their lineout drives and in the 56th minute replacement hooker Ben Funnell was on the receiving end to score.
Once Hunt relieved the scoreboard pressure, the Blues were pinned back on their line and a dropped ball in-goal by Francis spelled the end of any recovery hopes as the Crusaders worked the ball from a penalty scrum five metres out from the line and in broken play it was halfback Mitchell Drummond who scored just on fulltime.
Scorers: BNZ Crusaders 33 (Manasa Mataele, Pete Samu, Ben Funnell, Mitchell Hunt, Mitchell Drummond tries: Hunt 4 con) Blues 24 (George Moala 2, Augustine Pulu tries; Piers Francis 3 con, pen). HT: 5-21
Another epic comeback for BNZ Crusaders over Reds
- Sunday 12th March 2017
Ice-cool BNZ Crusaders playmaker Mitchell Hunt kicked a penalty after the fulltime hooter to stun the Reds 22-20 in Brisbane on Saturday night.