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Two tries in the first 11 minutes saw the Crusaders ultimately cruise to a 40-10 home victory over the Sharks and book their spot in the semi finals.

Prior to the match the Sharks had won only 1 of their last 13 encounters against the side from Christchurch, with no South African team ever having won a finals game in New Zealand.

And it would prove no different this year.

The home side led 16-7 at half time, but in typical New Zealand manner ran away with the game in the second half scoring three more tries and clinching a victory of 30 points over a Sharks side full of errors.

The Crusaders have now won 18 of their last 22 games against the Sharks, including each of their three previous meetings in the post-season.

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Scorers

Crusaders

Tries: Bryn Hall, David Havili, Matt Todd, Braydon Ennor, Peter Samu

Conversions: Richie Mo’unga (3)

Penalties: Richie Mo’unga (3)

Sharks

Try: Kobus van Wyk

Conversion: Robert du Preez

Penalty: Robert du Preez

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Teams

Crusaders

15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele

Sharks

15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai ‘Beast’ MtawariraSubstitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Makazole Mapimp

MATCH COMMENTARY

  • 79’Crusaders have won 80 rucks so far this game.
  • 73Ryan Crotty has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 72Mitch Hunt comes on for Crusaders.
  • 72Richie Mo’unga leaves the field.
  • 72Richie Mo’unga does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 71Mitchell Drummond sets up the try.
  • 71A gap opened in the defence and Sam Whitelock took full advantage.
  • 71Slick passing by Crusaders leads to a try for Peter Samu.
  • 68Wian Vosloo comes on.
  • 68Phillip Van Der Walt comes off.
  • 68Luke Romano comes on.
  • 68Kieran Read comes off.
  • 67Richie Mo’unga makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 66Kieran Read sets up the try.
  • 66Incisive passing by Crusaders is finished off by Braydon Ennor, as he goes over for the try.
  • 66The defensive line has been broken as Braydon Ennor goes through the gap.
  • 66Crusaders have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 65Marius Louw comes on.
  • 65Andre Esterhuizen comes off.
  • 60Sharks decide to make a substitution, with John-Hubert Meyer getting some game time.
  • 60Sharks decide to make a substitution, with Thomas du Toit being replaced.
  • 60Sharks have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 60What a run here by Mitchell Drummond as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 60Crusaders make a substitution with Andrew Makalio coming on.
  • 60Crusaders make a substitution with Codie Taylor coming off.
  • 59Lukhanyo Am makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 59Sharks sub Chiliboy Ralepelle comes onto the field.
  • 59Armand van der Merwe departs for Sharks.
  • 59Peter Samu comes on for Crusaders.
  • 59Juan Schoeman comes on.
  • 59Tendai Mtawarira leaves the field.
  • 59Jordan Taufua comes off.
  • 57Jack Goodhue has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 56Michael Alaalatoa comes on.
  • 56Owen Franks comes off.
  • 56Wyatt Crockett comes on.
  • 56Tim Perry comes off.
  • 56Richie Mo’unga does the business as his penalty goal attempt goes over.
  • 54Sharks decide to make a substitution, with Makazole Mapimpi getting some game time.
  • 54Sharks decide to make a substitution, with Jacobus Van Wyk being replaced.
  • 54Sharks make a substitution with Cameron Wright coming on.
  • 54Sharks make a substitution with Louis Schreuder coming off.
  • 53Fabulous play by Crusaders has led to Scott Barrett being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 53Tyler Paul has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 52Crusaders sub Mitchell Drummond comes onto the field.
  • 52Bryn Hall departs for Crusaders.
  • 51Trouble here as Braydon Ennor breaches the defence.
  • 49Sharks have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 48This is dangerous for the defence as Lwazi Mvovo bursts through to advance the Sharks attack.
  • 47Robert du Preez makes no mistake with that penalty goal attempt.
  • 45A gap opened in the defence and Phillip Van Der Walt took full advantage.
  • 42Richie Mo’unga converts the try.
  • 41Spellbinding play by Bryn Hall is finished off with a try.
  • 41Silky skills by Crusaders ends with a try for Matt Todd.
  • 41The defensive line has been broken as George Bridge goes through the gap.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40Richie Mo’unga kicks the penalty.
  • 40The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 38Crusaders have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 38What a run here by Matt Todd as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 36Tendai Mtawarira makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 33Hyron Andrews comes on for Sharks.
  • 33Jacques Vermeulen leaves the field.
  • 31Crusaders have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 29Braydon Ennor comes on.
  • 29Seta Tamanivalu comes off.
  • 28Fabulous play by Sharks has led to Jacobus Van Wyk being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 27Sharks have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 26Robert du Preez has kicked a conversion.
  • 25Trouble here as Jacobus Van Wyk breaches the defence.
  • 25Jacques Vermeulen played a key part in that try.
  • 25A wonderful passing move by Sharks is finished off by Jacobus Van Wyk.
  • 20This is dangerous for the defence as Lwazi Mvovo bursts through to advance the Sharks attack.
  • 17Robert du Preez can consider himself unlucky as he sees the ball hit the left upright and bounce away.
  • 13Richie Mo’unga curls the ball too far, missing the posts to the right.
  • 12That’s a great try assist by Ryan Crotty.
  • 11A series of passes by Crusaders results in a try for David Kaetau Havili.
  • 11A gap opened in the defence and Ryan Crotty took full advantage.
  • 10Richie Mo’unga has hooked the conversion to the right of the posts.
  • 8George Bridge sets up the try.
  • 8Great hands by Crusaders leads to a try for Bryn Hall.
  • 8The defensive line has been broken as George Bridge goes through the gap.
  • 6Richie Mo’unga has kicked a penalty goal.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.

 

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