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    Reds vs Crusaders

    Super Rugby, 11 March, 2017

    Suncorp Stadium
    Fulltime - Reds 20, Crusaders 22
    Reds   Crusaders
    20 FINAL SCORE 22
    2 TRIES 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Will Houston
    Touch judges: Nic Berry & Damon Murphy
    TMO: George Ayoub

    Match result:

    It was a heartbreaking buzzer beater for the Reds on Saturday night as the Crusaders stormed home with 14 men to snatch another unlikely victory and keep their unbeaten record intact.

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    Final score
    Reds 20
    Crusaders 22

    Match preview:

    This Saturday night game sees the Crusaders travelling to Brisbane to play the Reds. Join The Roar from 7:45pm (AEDT) for all the live action as we cover this Round 3 match from Australia.

    Both of these sides bring contrasting form to the table this evening, the Reds stuttering to a loss away in Perth last round while the Crusaders came from behind to defeat the Highlanders in a pulsating encounter under the roof in Dunedin.

    With hot and humid conditions expected to play their part in this match, decision-making and accuracy of execution will be paramount for both sides this evening.

    Both packs provide plenty of experience and certainly the Reds will want a better performance up front and in the set piece, a disappointing area from their last match.

    A similar repeat performance will be disastrous against this formidable Crusaders forward pack.

    Despite what is likely to be difficult decisions, I would expect both sides to use the substantial attacking arsenal they both possess and of particular interest to Reds fans will be seeing their former charge, Digby Ioane play his first Super Rugby match for the Crusaders.

    There are several match ups to keep an eye on this evening. The Reds’ up-and-coming lock Izack Rodda earns a start and how he fares against one of the best in the business in Sam Whitelock will be keenly observed.

    Two excitement machines in Seta Taminivula and Eto Nabuli line up against each other on the wings while the influence that each sides fullbacks, Karmichael Hunt and Israel Dagg could very well play a large part in determining the outcome.

    One area the Reds will look to target will be the Crusaders’ halves of the relatively inexperienced pair of Mitchell Drummond and Mitch Hunt, playing away in foreign conditions and certainly while the loose forward trio contains such names as George Smith and Scott Higgenbotham, the ability is there to take full advantage.

    The Reds’ own halves will need to make their mark on this game up against a more inexperienced pair and Nick Frisby and Quade Cooper will certainly need to produce a quality and cohesive performance tonight if the Reds want to put the Crusaders away.

    I simply cannot look past the relative form of each side leading up to this match and there is too much work for the Reds to do within a week.

    Crusaders by 12.

    Join us here live on The Roar as we cover all the action and I would be keen to hear your thoughts on the match as it unfolds.

    A Rotundity and happy ex hooker who just loves Rugby really, oh and my kids and Kendra of course who lets me watch as much Rugby as I want, mostly. Follow Digby Ross on Twitter @Diggercane.

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    • 11:40am
      Dopplerman said | 11:40am | ! Report

      Well The reds lost that, it was shame Taufua didn’t connect because they really deserved a punch in the face they were deplorable. The secret is now exposed The reds essentially teamed a bunch of 40 minute players at best ,way past their prime and everyone saw it except for those dieting on the old aussie positive propaganda BS.

      Further highlighted by the fact the crusaders were actually quite cr@p.

    • 12:19am
      grapeseed said | 12:19am | ! Report

      Reds combinations are starting to gel, improved body language and great performance. Improving by increments.

      As they say, light is always brighter than what it was a moment earlier. And it’s always brightest just before the dusk.

      I wouldn’t say the Reds are as certain as the Earth rotating, perhaps just that there’s a very high probability that they’ll win SR this year, if key players stay fit.

      • 12:24am
        Bakkies said | 12:24am | ! Report

        ‘perhaps just that there’s a very high probability that they’ll win SR this year,’

        You are kidding right

        • 8:30am
          grapeseed said | 8:30am | ! Report

          I’m not saying definitely.

    • 11:02pm
      Cynical Play said | 11:02pm | ! Report

      Well..the Reds played 40 mins of good football. There is something seriously wring with the Reds mentality when they can’t convert 17-0 to a win, especially when 3 Crusaders AB players limp off with injuries. There was no belief after half time. Frisby did not take the line on once, his box kick is the weakest of options for exiting the 22. What happened at half time?? DId they smoke a few bongs?

      Cooper was better with his long passing game and goal kicked well , but really he has no other game. He WILL NEVER take on the line, and seems perpetually rusty, testing his game. When will his game arrive?? This is Cooper. I ain’t saying he cant do the odd brilliant thing, but give me Barrett or Cruden or Lambie and then you see Cooper as an occasional influence who goes missing.

      Kerevei again is solid. George Smith defied the predictions and was solid for most of the game. Higgers had his usual good game with brain snap. No 12 was excellent and the find of the year.

      This game was lost by the Reds and will haunt them. They remain in-cohesive, the parts of the sum.

      • 11:32pm
        Wallaby fan said | 11:32pm | ! Report

        Watch your mouth!!
        Quade had a great season in 2011 and reliable sources tell me he is about to come good (every season since)

        • 12:25am
          Bakkies said | 12:25am | ! Report

          To be fair he has only played about 5 or 6 games since he left Toulon last June

    • 10:29pm
      Adsa said | 10:29pm | ! Report

      Well that sux, well played to Crusaders they never stopped. Reds tried to shut it out too early.

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      Shane D said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      Good comeback but man I have a strong dislike for the ‘try on the goal post’ rule. A defender can’t defend there, the ref would call him offside. The law is outdated & doesn’t take into account the much larger pads on the posts in the modern game.
      Needs to be reviewed in my opinion.

      • 10:56pm
        ethan said | 10:56pm | ! Report

        I agree. Good sneaky play from the scrum half under current laws, but laws I would like to see changed.

    • 10:19pm
      AJ said | 10:19pm | ! Report

      Rugby needs to ditch the goal pad rule. I think he would’ve made it to the line anyway in this case, but that is completely unfair. How can you defend that?

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        lewismarsh said | 10:44pm | ! Report

        I totally agree, the size of those pads is just like having a player shepperd the ball carrier.

    • 10:12pm
      AJ said | 10:12pm | ! Report

      I always knew the Reds needed another try but …………….

    • 10:09pm
      Wallaby fan said | 10:09pm | ! Report

      Maybe the reds need to recruit some older more past it talent that have lots of experience losing to nz?
      Couldnt beat a green crusaders outfit hamstrung by injuries?

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