Crusaders defeat Brumbies in a power fight

The Crusaders have prevailed in the biggest heavyweight battle of the Super Rugby Pacific season so far, but it wasn’t easy against the Brumbies in an exciting GIO Stadium.

While the Crusaders built a 23-5 halftime lead in sublime fashion, the Brumbies showed their championship credentials with a powerful second-half comeback to drop just 11 points as the visitors triumphed 37-26 on Friday night. evening.

The victory lifted the Crusaders to second place on the scale, overtaking the Brumbies who suffered only their second loss of the season.

Just as things seemed to be falling apart for the hosts, a bullet pass from scrum-half Nic White hit Irae Simone and allowed the center forward for his second try, though the Crusaders responded soon after when half-back Bryn Hall crossed from a intercept. and unit for 30-12.

The Brumbies just wouldn’t die, with substitute hooker Folau Fainga’a jumping in from close range for 30-19, but the back-and-forth scoring continued as Crusaders fullback Will Jordan benefited from the elite recycling of his team to score in the corner. by 37-19.

And again, when they seemed to run out of life, the Brumbies struck when winger Tom Wright intercepted a pass from Jordan and ran more than half the field to cut the margin to 11 points.

The hosts surged again with a Tom Banks line jumper and banged on the door for the final five minutes but were unable to eat the Crusaders’ lead.

The loss ends the Brumbies’ perfect start to competition against New Zealand sides, now 3-1 in that part of their season, while also falling to third in the table with two games remaining before the playoffs.

They landed the first strike in four minutes, a spinning Simone who rolled the ball after an early penalty, but the Crusaders responded with tries for hooker Codie Taylor and winger Sevu Reece, with three penalties from Richie Mo’unga completing a 23- 5 halftime advantage.

Two-thirds of the first half was spent in Brumbis territory and they were possibly lucky to be down to 18 points at half-time, but they certainly matched their mighty opponents in the second period.

As professional as he is through the first 11 games of the season, the Brumbies would be lamenting uncharacteristic mistakes like Simone hitting an unpressured punt return and a lineout throw going over Tom Hooper’s head.

The Kiwis largely succeeded in nullifying the Brumbies’ mighty mace that has dished out most of the packs in the competition.

The Brumbies will face another severe test next Saturday when the tabletop Blues head to Canberra.

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