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17:10 (GMT) | 01-04-2016
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Jantjies opts for the kick and gets it. They secure the losing bonus point
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Jantjies with a good switch pass as the horn sounds and the referee blows for a late tackle. Shirts being tugged again and the referee puts a stop to it.
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The Crusaders find the ball and clear into touch as the the away team essentially secures the win
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The Lions with a fatal error in the form of a knock-on at the 5 meter. Scrum now at the 5 meter
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Scrum reset
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The maul going backwards and then forward. The referee blows; scrum at the 5 meter of the away team as the Lions increasing the pressure as the game reaches its end
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The Lions take a far throw out and the ball is in center field. The Lions make it to the 5 meter quickly and the referee blows as the ball goes into touch
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The referee blows; Crusaders not releasing the ball. Jantjies kicks it into touch at the 22 of the away team
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The Crusaders looking for the bonus point trying to enter the 22 with their seventh phase now
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Crusaders looking to get the Lions while their celebrating again but they are organized this time around. The Crusaders at the 5 meter line but Jantjies gets the clearance
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Jantjies adds the extras
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van der Merwe resets with a quick tap and he bulldozes his way through to get the TRY
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The decision comes back and the referee says the ball is not in the hand of the Lions player as it touches the ground behind the line
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Mapoe with a quick burst of pace and makes it into the 5 meter line. The referee blows and the home team with a quick tap and go. The ball crosses the line but the TMO is called upon.
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The Lions outside the 22 of the Crusaders now in the tenth phase as they move inside the 22
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Mo’unga puts them further ahead again, ensuring that bonus point if the score doesn't change in the Lions favour
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The crowd now urging the Lions to move on as they organize their defence in their 22, but the dummy is there by McNicholl and the Crusaders find another TRY this time awarded to Drummond
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Jantjies secures the 2 points with a solid kick
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Crusaders move the ball up field and the Lions with a tired -looking defence now but Mapoe is there with a pacey break. He is brought down but the offload is great and van der Merwe finds the TRY line
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Line-out to the Crusaders inside their own 10 meter and Mo’unga tries a low kick forward but the Lions find it and lose it again.
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The Lions with a good driving maul just outside the 5 meter and they use it going up field but the turnover is there from the Crusaders
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Penalty to the Lions as tensions rise and shirts are tugged
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Scrum reset yet again. Both teams not addressing their failures as the referee blows again for a reset
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Scrum reset. Scrum resets again.
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The good run by Janse van Rensburg but it's fumbled at the offload by Skosan. The referee blows for a knock-on. Scrum outside the 22 of the away team
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Line-out for the Lions at the 10 meter of the Crusaders. Marx attempting to force his way through and the ball is moved up field but Volavola is there with the low clearance.
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Lions trying to put the away team under pressure but they remain steadfast in their defence
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Mo’unga sets his team ahead even further
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Play resets and Lions find themselves with a line-out at center field and they lose momentum with handling errors. The Crusaders bombing forward with Nadolo and Crotty is in the right position to get his third TRY
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Mo’unga secures the extra points
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Line-out for the Crusaders and the ball goes straight to center field. McNicholl slips through with support from the dummy and he offloads to Crotty who gets the TRY
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The Lions with some good positional play to get themselves outside of their own halve and Mapoe makes it straight to the center from his own 22
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The away team with a line-out and they move forward at the 5 meter with the maul but the whistle sounds. Scrum at the 5 meter of the home team
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Scrum now at the 5 meter of the home team and Jantjies kicks low instead of over for the sure clearance. The ball now at their own 22.
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Line-out for the away team and they bring it down with ease as they move the ball down field and then change direction. They move forward in the maul just outside the 5 meter and the referee blows as the maul wasn't going anywhere
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Jantjies gets the second half underway and the clearance is there immediately. Crusaders now moving forward with Nadolo leading the charge

Half Time

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He secures the penalty kick and they take the lead before HALF TIME
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The away team now showing their hand and are now setting up camp outside the 5 meter line of the Lions. They move the ball up field to Havili and he sends it back down as they look for space. Mapoe is offside and Mo’unga looks for 3 points
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The away team now showing their hand and are now setting up camp outside the 5 meter line of the Lions. They move the ball up field to Havili and he sends it back down as they look for space. Mapoe is offside and Read looks for 3 points
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Crusaders come away with the penalty after the forth scrum at the center line. Line-out to the Crusaders now and Crotty starts the first phase with a good pass downfield. Nadolo makes it to the try line but not before reaching touch
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The scrum reset again and the turf really starting to tear up
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Scrum at the center line up field. Scrum reset
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The Crusaders now under pressure as the Lions finding their confidence after the early knock-back. Jantjies with a good kick out into touch and the Crusaders get a throw. The away team start to find their groove but there is a knock-on
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Jantjies looking to snag 3 points from the mid field with this penalty and he makes a superb strike of the ball
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Mo’unga over cooks the kick to start the reset and it's a scrum at the center field. Penalty to the Lions
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Jantjies makes it 7 points on his own
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The Lions now at the 5 meter line and Jantjies sneaks around to find space right in the corner of the TRY line to make it across.
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Whiteley looks to try a quick break from the scrum but is hung on to immediately. The Lions move the ball up field and the referee blows shortly after for Read not releasing on the tackle. penalty to the home team
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The line-out is brought down by the Lions and they still can't pierce the defence at the 5 meter line of the away team. Scrum now inside the 22 in line with the sticks
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Line-out for the Lions now up field and they look for the maul again. They receive the advantage and the referee blows. Scrum at the 5 meter line of the Crusaders
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The maul goes nowhere after the line-out and the Lions can't make it into the 5 meter. Jantjies with a clever cross-kick up field but it goes into touch
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The referee decides it's a penalty to the Lions and Jantjies kicks it into touch at the 5 meter
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The Crusaders showing no signs of stopping as they enter the 10 meter of the Lions again. Both teams fumble the ball and it's kick out desperately by the Lions. The referee calls for a TMO decision on a neck tackle
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Read ensures the 2 points
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The patient play pays off and the offload sends Crockett finds a few inches of space which is all he needs to make it past the line for a TRY
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Crusaders make their way forward and are outside the 5 meter of the home team and try to force their way passed the line with Romano
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The away team right back at it after the reset and they find themselves inside the 22. Jantjies is there with the interception and gives it to Kriel who makes a good couple of meters. but the turnover is there
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Jantjies assumes the position and he makes it 10.
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Penalty now to Lions after the reset
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Mo’unga manages to add the extra 2 points with this kick
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The Lions moving forward aggressively giving the away team little time to recover, but the interception is there from McNicholl and he goes all the way from his own 22 to score the TRY
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Jantjies steps up and looks for the 3 points. He doesn't find it this time
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The Lions push the Crusaders back and get the penalty.
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The referee is unhappy and he blows for another reset
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Jantjies with another kick and the ball goes into touch after it's fumbled by a Crusaders player. Scrum at the 10 meter of the away team. Scrum reset
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The Crusaders now coming forward. Both teams showing intense attacking prowess. The home team look for a cheeky one meter kick forward by Jantjies but they opt for a clearance soon after
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The conversion is good
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Jantjies with some good movements helping Coetzee forward into the 22 but the defence is strong. They are pushed back but the Lions come again and Combrinck finds space and the offload is there to Mapoe who answers with a TRY of his own
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Read misses the first conversion opportunity
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Both teams making good on their clearances, but the turnover comes and the Crusaders shift the ball to their left wing and find the space for the TRY. Try is credited to Crotty
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Stuart Berry blows and the game is underway
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The players making their way to the field from their dugouts now
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It is great weather for rugby - a balmy evening with clear skies. Elton Jantjies has also passed his fitness test and will wear the No.10 jersey
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The Lions have won only two matches against the Crusaders in their nine Super Rugby encounters - with the last of those wins in Round Three, 2007 though the other was a 55-23 demolition of Crusaders in their first ever encounter in 1996.
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The Crusaders have won their last six matches against the Lions and they've conceded only 13 points combined in their last two matches against the South African side.
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Welcome to Ellis Park for one of the games of the weekend - Lions versus the Crusaders. It is going to be a cracker?
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Dylan Smith
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 3 Julian Redelinghuys
  • 4 Andries Ferreira
  • 5 Franco Mostert
  • 6 Jaco Kriel
  • 7 Warwick Tecklenburg
  • 8 Warren Whiteley
  • 9 Francois de Klerk
  • 10 Elton Jantjies
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Howard Mnisi
  • 13 Lionel Mapoe
  • 14 Ruan Combrinck
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Armand van der Merwe
  • 17 Corne Fourie
  • 18 Ruan Dreyer
  • 19 Ruan Ackermann
  • 20 Cyle Brink
  • 21 Dillon Smit
  • 22 Jaco van der Walt
  • 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
START LINE UP
  • 1 Wyatt Crockett
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Owen Franks
  • 4 Luke Romano
  • 5 Scott Barrett
  • 6 Jimmy Tupou
  • 7 Sam Whitelock
  • 8 Jordan Taufua
  • 9 Matt Todd
  • 10 Kieran Read
  • 11 Andy Ellis
  • 12 Richie Mo’unga
  • 13 Nemani Nadolo
  • 14 Ryan Crotty
  • 15 Kieron Fonotia
  • 16 Johnny McNicholl
  • 17 David Havili
RESERVES
  • 18 Ben Funnell
  • 19 Joe Moody
  • 20 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 21 Jordan Taufua
  • 22 Mitchell Drummond
  • 23 Ben Volavola
  • 24 Sean Wainui
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND SIX, PART ONE

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:28

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round Six.

Strap yourself in, it is going to be a wild ride.

Not only do we have two of the most exciting teams on the opening day of Week Six, but they are going head-to-head.

The defending champion Highlanders host the under-performing Western Force in Dunedin in what may well be a one-sided affair.

However, it is later on Friday when the Crusaders face the one South African team that can produce the kind and quality rugby New Zealand franchises have become known for.

It is not surprising to hear the Crusaders speak in cautious tines of their hosts, despite having won their last six matches against the Lions.

We look at the Friday, April 1, matches below!

There could not be two more contrasting approaches to a match - one team in a 'defensive' mindset, the other determined to avoid complacency because their are outright favourites.

Western Force coach Michael Foley spoke this week of the "massive" defensive effort that will be needed against the current Super Rugby champions.

"The Highlanders play tough, smart rugby," Foley said.

"Last week, they had one line break, but scored four tries - which is an indicator of how they vary their attack with ball in hand and kicking."

The Force coach said his team will need to raise the bar considerably from their last three outings - when they coughed up 31 (against the Brumbies), 41 (against the Hurricanes) and 53 (against the Chiefs) - if they hope to end their losing streak.

"The key for us is to consistently apply pressure across 80 minutes.

"We asked good questions [against the Chiefs] in the first half last week and created some good scoring opportunities, but we need to ensure we put ourselves in a position to keep attacking for the full game."

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph said although the Force are in the midst of a daunting four-game sequence against New Zealand opposition - the Crusaders are next up in Perth en route from South Africa - complacency would not be an issue.

"We're respectful of the opposition, I'm not sure we can afford to take anyone lightly," Joseph told Stuff.co.nz.

"Players can't be complacent because they might be replaced."

The Highlanders' famed defence and composure finally will again be key.

"The players took responsibility around that [defensive lapses against the Waratahs] and got it right," Joseph said.

Joseph was rapt with the Highlanders' attitude when denied the ball.

"I think that performance [against the Rebels last week] was about players taking responsibility following that 20 minutes against the Waratahs, wanting to rectify that and making sure the gaps weren't there.

"The most pleasing for me is to see the guys work hard for each other."

Recent results:
2015: Highlanders won 23-3, Perth
2014: Force won 31-29, Dunedin
2013: Force won 19-18, Perth
2011: Force won 21-14, Dunedin
2010: Force won 41-27, Queenstown
2009: Force won 33-28, Perth

Prediction: The Highlanders won their last fixture against the Force in Round 15, 2015 snapping a six game losing streak. The Force have won four of their five trips to Highlanders territory with their last away loss against them coming in Round Nine, 2006. The Highlanders have won their last seven matches at home, their longest streak since they won 13 straight home matches from the opening round of 2000 until Round Three, 2002. After starting their season with a loss the Highlanders have won four straight matches, the last time they went on a longer winning streak was in 2005 (six matches). Force flank Matt Hodgson is the busiest defender of the 2016 season thus far - having made 79 tackles, the most of any player, and missing just 11 more; Shane Cristie (62 from 72) has made the second most. Expect the Force to be competitive for the first half, perhaps even the first hour, but then the Highlanders should pull away to win by about 20 points.

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (captain), 14 Matt Faddes, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Pat Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Shane Christie, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Jason Emery.

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Albert Nikoro.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Wratt (New Zealand)

For once you can actually believe the coaches when they heap praise on the opposition.

Not only are these two of the most exciting teams in the competition, but they are teams who have earned the respect of the opposition through the quality of their play.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann said that while it is "nice" to have earned the respect of the opposition, that will not bring them success.

"We have looked at them [the Crusaders] and have one or two things [we will try], but we have a lot of respect for what they achieved [against the Sharks] last week and in the past [seven championships]," Ackermann told a media briefing in Johannesburg this week.

"They are a mature side and they have a lot of leadership, with All Blacks in key positions," he said, adding: "They will be a big challenge."

Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar paid the Lions the ultimate compliment, by suggesting they play like New Zealand franchises.

Unlike the other South African teams, who all too often succumb to the fear of failure and revert to a conservative approach, Ackermann's team will not hesitate to counter from deep within their own territory.

"We are right on our toes in preparation for this game," Mooar said at a media briefing.

"They shape as, potentially, being the strongest South African team in the competition.

"At the moment they are playing more like a Kiwi side than a traditional South African side.

"They have the most defenders beaten, the most line breaks in the first four rounds."

Mooar pointed to the Lions' statistics - where they average 29 points and 147 passes per game - as reason to be cautious.

"They are not stats that you would usually put together for a South African side."

Lions skipper Warren Whiteley said the Crusaders kick "very well".

"When they kick it is smart and intelligent kicking," Whiteley said of a side that also has some dangerous outside backs.

"They also have a very good pack that will definitely challenge you at scrum time."

Mooar admitted the Crusaders may kick even more this week, because of the threats the Lions pose on attack.

"If a side is going to play a lot, we have to make them play in the wrong area of the field," Mooar said.

"You have to find a balance between a kicking game and a passing game. Both sides are probably trying to find that."

Recent results:
2015: Crusaders won 34-6, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 28-7, Johannesburg
2012: Crusaders won 23-13, Johannesburg
2010: Crusaders won 46-19, Christchurch
2009: Crusaders won 32-20, Johannesburg
2008: Crusaders won 31-6, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won their last six matches against the Lions and they've conceded only 13 points combined in their last two matches against the South African side. The Lions have won only two matches against the Crusaders in their nine Super Rugby encounters - with the last of those wins in Round Three, 2007 though the other was a 55-23 demolition of Crusaders in their first ever encounter in 1996. The Lions have won six of their last seven home matches, their only loss in that period coming against the Brumbies in Round 14 last season. Opposition of the Lions have spent just 12 minutes and 35 seconds of time in possession on average this season, the lowest against any team in the competition. Nemani Nadolo has made 10 offloads so far this season for the Crusaders, no player in the competition has made more. It is such a tough gam to call - one where a moment of brilliance, a mistake, a refereeing call or a TMO decision could swing the outcome. The Lions do have home ground advantage and it make give them the edge in this encounter - but it will be by a one-score margin.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies/Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira/Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Sean Wainui.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Johan Greeff

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Crusaders win Ellis Park thriller

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19:00

REPORT: The Crusaders put down another big marker with a thrilling 43-37 win over the Lions in their Super Rugby showdown at Ellis Park on Friday.

Whew! It was a breathless match. It had a breathless start and in the last moments of the match everybody in Ellis Park was still breathless.

The referee's whistle went twice in the first four minutes - each time to signify tries. When it went for the third time, it was for a drop-out. The first whistle for an infringement came after seven minutes and then it was a scrum for a knock-on.

The match was wonderful to start with and wonderful to end with as the Lions came gallantly back.

You did not have to be diehard or a connoisseur to know that this was a special match, the star of 2016 Super Rugby.

In the end the better side won, and they were better because they took their chances better, winning turnovers and avoiding tackles when it mattered most.

The Crusaders kicked off and they scored after 45 seconds of to and fro, and they did so off a turnover. Elton Jantjies was tackled, the Crusaders got the ball and out it went wide left to massive Nemani Nadolo who played inside to Ryan Crotty who scored the first try of his first hat-trick in his Super Rugby career. The conversion hit the upright and stayed out.

The Lions won the kick-off and attacked. Ruan Combrinck did a scissors with Lionel Mapoe and cut through. He ran up to David Havili and passed to Mapoe who had a free passage to the try-line. Jantjies converted and after four minutes the Lions led 7-5.

Then the Crusaders attacked but Lions had a drop-out which they did cleverly.

The scrumming in the match were ghastly. The divots that the Ellis Park turf yielded did not help much. It is astonishing that a stadium dedicated to rugby could have such a fragile surface. It looked good but in fact was poor. In the second half a scrum lasted just under four minutes and ended with a penalty and a squabble. In the match there were 10 scrums with nine resets, 10 collapses, four penalties and a free kick. And yet the match brushed this aside as a slight inconvenience and got on with the game.

The Lions put together several (unprofitable) phases and then Faf de Klerk threw a long, looping pass towards Courtnall Skosan but Johnny McNicoll intercepted and  raced 65 metres down the right wing for a try which 21-year-old Richie Mo'unga converted. 12-10 after 12 minutes.

Then it was the Lions turn to score - just a penalty this time when Matt Todd obstructed and Jantjies goaled. 12-10 after 15 minutes.

There was the full splendour of handling in the next try. It started when Kieran Read won a turnover off Howard Mnisi and the ball went left with much interpassing amongst the Crusaders with their flypaper hands, till Wyatt Crockett took a popped pass from Scott Barrett and powered over as Andries Coetzee tried to tackle him. 19-10.

The Lions had a long period of close attack, which included four line-outs and a scrum within 10 metres and then when they bashed from the last line-out Jantjies came sweeping round on the blindside, on advantage, and raced over for a try right in the corner. He then converted with a magnificent kick. 19-17 after 28 minutes. Then three minutes later he kicked a penalty goal and the Lions were leading 20-19.

The Crusaders nearly scored when right wing McNicholl breached the defence and gave to Nadolo  who stumbled as he ran over Coetzee but Skosan, over from the left wing, knocked him into touch.

But on the stroke of half time, the visitors did score, a penalty this time when Mapoe was offside. That made the half-time score 22-20 to the Crusaders and the crowd let out their breath and started breathing normally again.

The Crusaders were even more purposeful in the second half and two Crotty tries in the space of three minutes took the score to 36-20.

After Mapoe had had an excellent run out of his 22, the Crusaders came back a attacking. A penalty gave them a line-out and they played flat from it as Crotty burst past Mnisi on a short pass and then swerved past Skosan for a try near the posts as Warren Whiteley tackled him.

The second try came when De Klerk, who had an uncharacteristic game of errors, kicked downfield. McNicholl raced and jumped and thrust ahead. From him the ball went wide left to Nadolo who was not at all troubled by a half-hearted attempt by Mnisi before passing, as Combrinck tackled him, infield to Crotty who trotted round behind the posts. 36-20 after 50 minutes.

Both sides made substitutes, the Crusaders starting after just 49 minutes.

Near the half-way line the Crusaders hands, for once, let the down and Mapoe came away with the ball and passed inside to compact hooker Akker van der Merwe who raced 40 metres downfield for a try far out on the right. 36-27 after 64 minutes.

Two minutes later the Crusaders had scored again. This time the turnover was off Van der Merwe and the Crusaders went right where McNicholl got ahead in a halfgap and gave to substitute scrumhalf Mitchell Drummond who scored. 43-27, and still there was no end to the exciting endeavour.

The Lions attacked and were right at the line when the Crusaders were penalised and Dillon Smit tapped and was over but lost the ball in doing so. The Crusaders were not back five metres from the tap and so were penalised again. Again Smit tapped and this time gave it to Van der Merwe who burst the defence asunder and smashed his way over for a try. 43-34 with 9 minutes to play.

The Crusaders were first to attack but then the Lions were back at their line. Smit was over but held up.

The final siren had sounded when the Crusaders were penalised for a late tackle and Jantjies kicked over for a bonus point.

It was the only bonus point of the match but each of the sides deserved a lot more by way of a bonus for the wonderful game they played.

Man of the Match: Resisting all temptations to make 46 players the Men of the Match we have chosen smiling Ryan Crotty for his work on attack and defence - and three splendid tries.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
Tries:
Mapoe, Jantjies, Van der Merwe 2
Cons: Jantjies 4
Pens: Jantjies 2

For the Crusaders:
Tries:
Crotty 3, McNicholl, Crockett, Drummond
Cons: Mo'unga 5
Pen: Mo'unga

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Sean Wainui.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Johan Greeff

Lionel Mapoe (3min), Elton Jantjies (27min), Armand van der Merwe (63min), and Armand van der Merwe (70min)
TRIES
Ryan Crotty (0min), Johnny McNicholl (12min), Wyatt Crockett (18min), Ryan Crotty (47min), Ryan Crotty (50min), and Mitchell Drummond (66min)
Elton Jantjies (4min), Elton Jantjies (28min), Elton Jantjies (64min), and Elton Jantjies (71min)
CONVERSIONS
Richie Mo’unga (13min), Kieran Read (19min), Richie Mo’unga (48min), Richie Mo’unga (51min), and Richie Mo’unga (67min)
Elton Jantjies (15min), Elton Jantjies (32min), and Elton Jantjies (81min)
PENALTIES
Richie Mo’unga (40min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Johannesburg
REFEREE Stuart Berry (South Africa)