2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa: Crusaders v Chiefs, Round 3 Debrief


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It’s a wet and wild Sunday afternoon of Super Rugby NZ at the Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch.

The first 40’s action belonged to the Crusaders.

Yes, at times, they may have made some defensive errors, as well as a lack of support from the forwards.

You saw how Aaron Cruden in the Chiefs’ shirt unpacked his fantastic boot having started the penalties well mainly into the line-out zones.

The same goes for Damian McKenzie, who grabbed a penalty goal between the sticks.

But the Chiefs’ fluffed its lines regarding the setup play where their line-outs looked somewhat not straight despite some steady defensive blocks from its captain, Sam Cane.

That’s how the away team lost its opportunities where in return, the Crusaders’ cashed in on its attacking play.

Richie Mo’unga’s clean out towards the half-way line saw Sevu Reece grab the ball at the right time before he unleashed his pace towards the 22 as Reece assisted Will Jordan with the finish for the seven-point score.

In the last 40, The build-up play from The Chiefs initially looked hard to unpack with a little flair from the backline.

It led the forwards to try and block the Crusaders’ attacking set up which was too good to let go.

The tap and go from Sevu Reece in the red, and black jersey assisted the short ball to Will Jordan.

Looking at Jordan, he unleashed his pace straight to The Chiefs’ danger zone for the try.

Though, the Chiefs sorted out their line-out problems a few minutes later and remained patient with the build-up play.

As said earlier, the forwards that the away team has got, demonstrated some functional blocks that made the Crusaders pick up mistakes.

It became real when Brad Weber, in the end, found a gap with no Crusaders’ men on the right where Sean Wainui touched down.

With under ten mins to go, the Crusaders’ defense continued to make errors such as the unsafe tackle to Mitch Karpik.

That cost them another three points with the penalty goal between the sticks from Damian McKenzie.

But the Chiefs’ poor finishing play saw the Crusaders end up as victors by five points, 18-13.

Once again, another close game from the two halves.

It’s just the Crusaders’ attacking masterclass that left The Chiefs lose three straight games in a row.

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