It’s a low scoring affair in the first 40 between the top of the battle clash at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch.
The first 20 belonged to the Blues with a fantastic finish on the far side from Mark Talea for the full seven points.
It’s the support from the forwards having helped the Blues backline set up the attack as well as won a few penalties, which helped Talea fulfill his pacey touch.
Though, the Crusaders’ isn’t too far behind with two successful penalty goals from Richie Mo’unga having trailed the opposition by a single point towards the break, 6-7.
On the run towards the final siren, The Blues may have continued to hold on the lead over the next 10-15 minutes with another penalty goal from Otere Black & the Ioane brothers masterclass.
But the Crusaders bounced back and remained unstoppable ever since.
It ranges from Brayden Ennor’s deflection that denied Beauden Barrett’s unsuccessful conversion between the sticks to winning a few penalties that exposed the Blues’ deteriorated momentum in the defense.
These opportunities allowed the Crusaders to showcase their usual attacking style of rugby, such as the successful ball feed from Mo’unga, who is an all-rounder at No.10 tonight.
His presence assisted two late tries in the end that saw Mitchell Drummond and Will Jordan express their blistering pace in the final third.
That last 20-25 minute masterclass from the home team still finished the night as undefeated.
For the Blues, they know how to build an excellent base with the support of the whole team.
But the lost penalties later on limited their attacking opportunities & unsuccessfully tighten up the defense saw the Aucklanders pick up a loss of the first time in Super Rugby Aoteroa.
Full-Time, Crusaders 26-15 Blues.