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Crusaders 2007 Super 14 Squad

January 6th, 2007

The Crusaders have gained Northland number eight Jake Paringatai and North Harbour first five Tusi Pisi, along with four players from Tasman in their 35 strong squad.

Crusaders 2007 Super 14 Squad: Tim Bateman (Canterbury), Stephen Brett (Canterbury),Daniel Carter (Canterbury), Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury), Andy Ellis (Canterbury), Ross Filipo (Wellington), Corey Flynn (Canterbury), Ben Franks (Canterbury), Rico Gear (Tasman), Scott Hamilton (Canterbury), Chris Jack (Tasman), Campbell Johnstone (Canterbury), Casey Laulala (Canterbury), Johnny Leo’o (Canterbury), Richie McCaw (Canterbury), Leon MacDonald (Canterbury), Aaron Mauger (Canterbury), Ben May (Tasman), Peter Nixon (Canterbury), Kevin O’Neill (Canterbury), Jake Paringatai (Northland), Michael Paterson (Canterbury), Ti’i Paulo (Canterbury), Tusi Pisi (North Harbour), Jonathon Poff (Tasman), Caleb Ralph (Canterbury), Kieran Read (Canterbury), Isaac Ross (Canterbury), Kevin Senio (Canterbury), Greg Somerville (Canterbury), Reuben Thorne (Canterbury), Rua Tipoki (Canterbury), Mose Tuiali’i (Canterbury), Brent Ward (Auckland), Paul Williams (Canterbury).


2007 Super 14 Fixtures

October 13th, 2006

The South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions (SANZAR) have released the schedule for the 2007 Super 14. The 2007 Super 14 season will start a week earlier to allow for the Rugby World Cup.

The competition starts off on 2nd February with the Blues hosting the Crusaders in Auckland. It finishes up with the grand final to be played on the 19th May.

It is still unknown which team will be the 5th South African side. The South African Rugby Union (SARU) had originally planned for the Southern Spears to replace that country’s bottom-placed team this year, the Cats, for 2007 and 2008.
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Crusaders dominate Sharks

April 29th, 2005

The Crusaders defeated the Sharks 77-34 in the opening games of Super 12 week 10.

In a high scoring match defence was scares with both teams scoring tries seemingly at will.

The Crusaders went into the half-time break with a seemingly insurmountable 42-8 lead.
But early in the second half the Sharks hit back with three tries to be back in reach at 45-34 with 18 minutes to go. But the Crusaders were able to seal the win running in four tries in the last 12 minutes.

The win takes the Crusaders to the top of the Super 12 table, although the Waratahs could still regain the top stop if they win their match this weekend.


Crusaders crush Stormers

April 17th, 2005

The Crusaders defeated the Stormers 51-23

Determined defence from the Stormers kept the Crusaders at bay during the first half. Going into the halftime break the Stormers lead 6-3.

In the secondhalf the flood gates opened and the Crusaders scored 48 points including seven tries.

The win takes the Crusaders to number two on the table, behind the Waratahs. While the loss for the Stormers virtually eliminates any hope they had of making the semi-finals.

Crusaders - Tries: Aaron Mauger, Leon MacDonald, Dan Carter, Rico Gear(2), Caleb Ralph (2). Conversions: Andrew Mehrtens (2), Dan Carter (3). Penalties: Carter (2).

Stormers - Tries: Marius Joubert. Conversions: Chris Rossouw. Penalties: Rossouw (3).


Bulls pull out upset win over Crusaders

April 10th, 2005

The Bulls played what must have been their best game of the season when they defeated the heavily favoured Crusaders 35-20 at Pretoria on Saturday.

The Crusaders lost their captain Richie McCaw early in the match due to a head clash.

The Bulls were able to dominate the Crusaders in forward play, winning several lineouts against the throw and putting pressure on in the scrum.

Bulls - Tries: Bryan Habana (2), Akona Ndungane, Bakkies Botha. Conversions: Morne Steyn (3). Penalties: Morne Steyn (3)

Crusaders - Try: Greg Feek. Penaltiess: Daniel Carter (5)


Crusaders walkover Blues

March 20th, 2005

The Crusaders defeated the Blues 41-19 in their round four match at Eden Park, Auckland.

The Crusaders started strongly and lead 34-0 going into half time. The score blow-out was the result of some deft handling by the Crusaders and some unfortunate mistakes by the Blues.

The Blues did come back strongly in the last quarter of the game, with tries being scored by wingers Joe Rokocoko and Doug Howlett and replacement Isa Nacewa.

Blues lock Ali Williams was sent of late in the game for rucking near the head of Richie McCaw.

Crusaders - Tries: Caleb Ralph 2, Justin Marshall, Rico Gear, penalty try, Leon MacDonald. Penality: Daniel Carter. Conversions: Daniel Carter (4)),

Blues - Tries: Joe Rokocoko, Doug Howlett, Isa Nacewa. Conversions: Tasesa Lavea(2)


Crusaders thrash Reds

March 12th, 2005

The Crusaders have thrashed the Reds 59-24 at Trafalgar Park, Nelson.

Crusaders - Tries: Rico Gear (2), Casey Laulala, Aaron Mauger, Daniel Carter, Richie McCaw, Scott Hamilton, Andrew Mehrtens. Conversions: Carter (4), Mehrtens. Penalties: Carter (3).

Reds - Tries: Junior Pelesasa (2), Greg Holmes, Chris Latham. Conversions: Julian Huxley (2).


Crusaders crush Chiefs

March 7th, 2005

The Crusaders comprehensively defeat the Chiefs 50-18 at Jade Stadium, Christchurch.

The Crusaders started strong capitalising on mistakes made by the Chiefs. The Chiefs were able to stay in touch for the first half. But the Crusaders were able to power away in the second half to record their first win of 2005.

Scorers:

Crusaders - Tries: Aaron Mauger, Sam Broomhall, Rico Gear, Scott Hamilton, Daniel Carter, Caleb Ralph, Tone Kopelani. Conversions: Carter (6). Penalty: Carter

Chiefs - Tries: Sailosi Tagicakibau, Steven Bates. Conversion: David Hill. Penalties: Hill (2)


Preview: Crusaders vs Chiefs

March 4th, 2005

Crusaders vs Chiefs at 7:35pm on Saturday night Jade Stadium, Christchurch

With both teams will be out to win this game after coming off a defeats last week.

Crusaders: 15. Leon MacDonald, 14. Rico Gear, 13. Casey Laulala, 12. Aaron Mauger, 11. Caleb Ralph, 10. Daniel Carter, 9. Justin Marshall, 8. Sam Broomhall, 7. Richie McCaw (capt), 6. Reuben Thorne, 5. Kevin O’Neill, 4. Chris Jack, 3. Greg Somerville, 2. Corey Flynn, 1. Dave Hewett. Reserves: Greg Feek, Mose Tuiali’i, Sam Harding, Jamie Nutbrown, Vilimoni Delasau, Tony Koonwaiyou/Scott Hamilton

Chiefs: 15. Loki Crichton, 14. Sosene Anesi, 13. Keith Lowen, 12. Grant McQuoid, 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. David Hill, 9. Byron Kelleher, 8. Steven Bates, 7. Marty Holah, 6. Wayne Ormond, 5. Sean Hohneck, 4. Jono Gibbes (capt), 3. Deacon Manu, 2. Scott Linklater, 1. Simms Davison. Reserves: Aleki Lutui, Ben Castle, Bernie Upton, Sione Lauaki, Kevin Senio, Stephen Donald, Adrian Cashmore.


Brumbies too good for Crusaders

February 26th, 2005

Last years grand finalists the Brumbies and the Crusaders faced off at Bruce Stadium, Canberra. The Brumbies were able to over power their opponent 32 to 21.

The Crusaders took the lead during the first half through a try. Crusader hooker Corey Flynn was sent to the sinbin for rucking away from the ball.
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