Crusaders vs Blues - Report - Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020 - 11 Jul, 2020

13 Juillet, 2020, 14:08 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Richie Mo'unga kicked 16 points for Crusaders

The Crusaders have come out trumps in a top-of-the-table Super Rugby Aotearoa clash against the Blues in Christchurch, running out 26-15 winners in a pulsating encounter.

The win keeps the Crusaders' 36-match winning streak at home in Super Rugby alive, not tasting defeat in Christchurch since 2016.

The Blues had expended their lead to 15-9 thanks to a try by centre Rieko Ioane but Otere Black's conversion attempt from straight in front was charged down by Braydon Ennor.

Ioane crossed in the 55th minute when his side took a quick tap penalty following an attacking five-metre scrum that appeared to have already been wrongly awarded by referee Paul Williams.

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Black nailed the conversion, and the visitors held a 7-0 lead until Crusaders playmaker Richie Mo'unga nailed two penalties to narrow the lead to a single point 10 minutes out from halftime.

The match had been billed all week as the long-awaited reignition of an intense rivalry that stretches back in provincial rugby for more than a century with both teams unbeaten in the New Zealand-only competition.

The near sell-out crowd were not disappointed with the overall game played at near Test-match intensity with the Blues creating vast early pressure.

The early momentum set up a 10th-minute decide to try by Mark Telea ahead of the Crusaders worked their way into Blues' territory and forced a string of penalties, which allowed Mo'unga to ensure they were only trailing 7-6 at half-time.

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