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    Crusaders vs Blues

    Super Rugby, 17 March, 2017

    AMI Stadium
    Fulltime - Crusaders 33, Blues 24
    Crusaders   Blues
    33 FINAL SCORE 24
    5 TRIES 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Brendon Pickerill
    Touch judges: Angus Mabey & Cam Stone
    TMO: Aaron Paterson

    The Blues travel to Christchurch to play the Crusaders in this Round 4 match from New Zealand. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEDT) for all the action.

    Last week, the Blues suffered a disappointing loss at home to the Highlanders, while the Crusaders pulled off a last-minute victory in Brisbane.

    The pressure appears to be on the Blues, who are staring down a third loss after the first month of competition and are yet to show the sort of form expected from such a talented roster.

    As for the injury-plagued Crusaders, they are still unbeaten this season and looking to continue their marvellous start.

    Consistent criticism of Ihaia West seems to have prompted Blues coach Tana Umaga to give Piers Francis an opportunity to start in the No.10 shirt, hoping he can provide the direction and consistency required.

    Of course, Francis’ form won’t matter if the forwards cannot provide the platform up front against an experienced Crusader pack.

    The Crusaders themselves, despite the successful start to their season, will not be completely happy, having had to stage remarkable comebacks in their last two matches. More consistent performances across the full 80 are required, as they’ve been guilty of taking too long to get into their matches.

    Some key match-ups to look out for will be the clash of two up-and-coming centres, Jack Goodhue for the Crusaders and Reiko Ioane for the Blues, while at Number 8 the in-form Whetu Douglas matches up against the experienced Jerome Kaino.

    The Crusaders should prove too much for a Blues side yet to demonstrate any composure or cohesion.

    Crusaders by 9.

    Join us here on The Roar as we cover all the action, and add your thoughts on the match in the comments section below.

    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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    • Roar Guru

      Matt Porter said | 9:03am | ! Report

      If you didn’t already know there’s Lions jerseys up for grabs you would feel it in this classic. And by Lions jerseys I mean the ones you drape around your sweaty shoulders when you beat the blighters. Such a vintage Cant’y v Auck affair with the power-injected razzle dazzle of the Blues up against the flinty graft of the Crusaders who moved down a big lead for the third week in a row. A grunting, heaving, smacking beast of a kiwi rugby cliche.
      And didn’t some big players step up with monster games? None more so than Sam Whitelock and Patrick Tuipulotu in the respective engine rooms. The latter clearly subscribing to the theory that the best thing to do in a crisis is not to waste it.
      George Moala also huge for the Blue as was youngster Mitchell Hunt for the red ‘n blacks who has a touch of the Tony Brown about him.
      And great effort Rebels, the table proppers pushed the table toppers all the way. Immense efforts from loose forwards, especially Amanaki Mafi who is just loving the super stuff.
      In the end Chiefs too classy. If decisions were made off the back of just one game then there’s no way the Melbourne team in danger of going any where but full steam ahead after that.

    • Roar Guru

      Diggercane said | 7:47pm | ! Report

      The Crusaders have done it again, staging a second half comeback after conceding a significant lead to run down the Blues win by a comfortable margin of 33 points to 24 in front of their faithful in Christchurch and heap more pressure on a struggling Blues outfit.

      The match started promisingly for the Blues side, seizing the initiative from the start while the Crusaders were once again guilty of starting the match slowly, conceding a number of early penalties gifting the Blues territory and possession early which eventually told, the Blues opening the scoring with a well taken try by George Moala who was terrorizing the Crusaders midfield.

      The Crusaders did fight back, nabbing a try back through Manasa Mataele after capitalising on a number of Blues errors, unable to clear their territory.

      From there, the balance of the first half was all the Blues, seemingly breaking the Crusaders midfield at will, Sean Wainui struggled at centre in defence for the home side while Augustin Pulu and Moala in particular causing issues for the Crusaders, scoring a try each to head into halftime with a 16 point lead, 21 to 5.

      The Blues picked up where they left off to start the second half, attacking with venom and purpose, a break by Moala early unable to be capitalised on and the Crusaders appeared to be holding on however ill-discipline from the Blues and a string of penalties allowed the Crusaders to seize the initiative through their excellent forward pack, playing with far more cohesion and accuracy than their counterparts, started the Crusader comeback with two rolling maul tries, directly from penalties to Peter Samu and Ben Funnell within 6 minutes of each other and the momentum within the match had well and truly swung and it seemed only a matter of time before the Crusaders would run away with the match.

      To their credit, the Blues kept fighting but in the end had no answer to the Crusaders forward dominance, led by
      Sam Whitelock who would be my pick for man of the match while Luke Romano and Pete Samu added plenty of urgency and aggression from the bench. Two more tries were added by the Crusaders to Mitch Hunt and then right on fulltime, Mitchell Drummond slid over to rob the Blues of taking any competition points from the match.

      The Crusaders remain unbeaten in 2017 and continue their remarkable second half performances while the pressure continues to build on the Blues, losing their last three to fellow conference rivals and appear destined for another long season out of Auckland.

      Thank you for joining me here tonight, next up is the Rebels hosting the Chiefs in Melbourne and Geoff Parkes will be calling all the action here –

      Have a great rest of your Friday night!

    • 7:26pm
      Gilbert said | 7:26pm | ! Report

      Blues needs a good 9 – 10 combo.

    • 7:22pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      Thanks for the blog Digger … you need to practice more to get it right…. you got it right for the first 48 mins then you lost concentration ….

      • Roar Guru

        Nobrain said | 7:30pm | ! Report

        I feel for you RT, but the blue need a sport psychology. Every weekend the same thing. The game was. under the Blues control until the 65 minutes mark.

        • 11:43pm
          Rugby Tragic said | 11:43pm | ! Report

          Thanks Nobes … that is the way it is… it was never going to be easy anyhow. The Red and Black forward machine is very formidable if you let them get onto a roll, it will take a better side than the Blues were tonight to gain parity…

          You could see it happen, the gradual domination of the home side grinding down those who dear to challenge their supremacy…

          Well there’s always next week. Good luck for your game against the Cheetahs

      • Roar Guru

        Diggercane said | 7:49pm | ! Report

        I disagree RT, my prediction was spot on! 😉

    • Roar Guru

      Machooka said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      Congrats Marius… you old sea dog!

      Many thanks to skipper Diggeriwi as always you were massive whence holding the helm.

    • 7:21pm
      Aucklandlaurie said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      Utterly pathetic.

    • 7:21pm
      Old Bugger said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      Commiserations RT and TM. That has to be a “game of two halves aye….??”

      • 7:23pm
        Rugby Tragic said | 7:23pm | ! Report


        • 7:34pm
          Old Bugger said | 7:34pm | ! Report

          Oh well ok, a 50:30min game because the Blues, had all momentum until the 48-49min mark then……..??? That penalty kick, just gave the Saders, the reason to attack, with their most lethal weapon….their forward pack. As I said before…..the Bro’s, let me down.

    • 7:19pm
      Old Bugger said | 7:19pm | ! Report

      Aaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh!! Now I know why I have trouble looking north because, the Bro’s let me down. I was counting on this effort Tana but, it just didn’t happen……..bugger!!

    • 7:19pm
      Winston said | 7:19pm | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      RobC said | 7:19pm | ! Report

      Too bad Blues. They will win the next one.

      Sorry about the loss RT. Us primary colours had a good start against these Southerners.

      • 7:24pm
        Rugby Tragic said | 7:24pm | ! Report

        Thanks RobC, but ‘other side’s’ forward pack is too good. How to stop them?..

      • 7:30pm
        Rugby Tragic said | 7:30pm | ! Report

        But you are right Rob, we WILL win one on the road against NZ opposition soon…. I mean we haven’t won one for 15 games so far!… lol

        • Roar Guru

          Diggercane said | 7:50pm | ! Report

          Wont be against the Canes, you don’t get to play in Welly this year 😉

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