Classy Crusaders hammer woeful Chiefs, secure fourth straight win in 2019

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of this afternoon's Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and Chiefs at Christchurch Stadium.


The Crusaders were simply too good for the Chiefs, hammering the visitors nine tries to four. The Crusaders were relentless on counter attack. The Chiefs showed heart coming back with two late tries in the final 10 minutes of the match.

73 mins: CRUSADERS 57 CHIEFS 28

TRY! The Chiefs are in again! They have numbers to burn down the right edge and Mitchell Brown strolls in to score the Chiefs' fourth try.

Damian McKenzie does well to convert his conversion attempt from out wide. 

72 mins: CRUSADERS 57 CHIEFS 21

TRY! Reserve back Jack Debreczeni beats his defender and goes in to score close to the goal posts.

Jack Goodhue of the Crusaders pass. Crusaders vs. Chiefs, 2019 Investec Super Rugby. Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. Saturday 9 March 2019. © Copyright Photo: Martin Hunter /
Jack Goodhue of the Crusaders makes an offload to teammate Braydon Ennor during their Super Rugby match against the Chiefs. Source: Photosport

He holds onto the ball, sprints back and drop kicks the ball over the goal posts to convert his own try.

69 mins: CRUSADERS 57 CHIEFS 14

TRY! This time the Crusaders rumble across the try-line after a well worked line-out drive with Codie Taylor grabbing his second try of the match.

The kick from the sideline by Crusaders' Brett Cameron is offline. 

65 mins: CRUSADERS 52 CHIEFS 14

TRY! Inside their own 22 the Crusaders charge up field and go all the way. It began with the Crusaders' front rowers inside their own half and they get the ball to their speedster Sevu Reece. Reece is shut down by Damian McKenzie but he manages to offload the ball to Bryn Hall who goes in to score close to the goal posts.

Brett Cameron hits the uprights with his conversion attempt and the flags stay down.

61 mins: CRUSADERS 47 CHIEFS 14

TRY! Codie Taylor goes into score down the right edge. It all started with David Havili from 30m out, he steps around his defender before throwing a dummy, fend and offload to Taylor. 

Brett Cameron steps up and fires his conversion attempt through the uprights from the sideline.

53 mins: CRUSADERS 40 CHIEFS 14

KNOCK-ON! Crusaders winger Sevu Reece hits Solomon Alaimalo with a huge tackle. He knocks the ball on and stays down, medics are on the field and they manage to get him to his feet. Alaimalo is taken off the field for an HIA and Etene Nanai-Seturo returns to the field for the Chiefs.

50 mins: CRUSADERS 40 CHIEFS 14

TRY! The Chiefs are in for their second try of the match. Left winger Etene Nanai-Seturo goes over to score down the left hand corner after a well worked move from the scrum. There wasn't much space for Nanai-Seturo to work with but he goes in to score his first try of the match.

Damian McKenzie is on target with his conversion attempt from the side-line.

43 mins: CRUSADERS 40 CHIEFS 7

TRY! Crusaders prop Michael Alaalatoa is in! He can thank his halfback Ere Enari who scoots out from the back of the ruck and throws a perfect short ball for Alaalatoa who goes into score close to the goal posts.

Richie Mo'unga makes no mistake with his conversion attempt. 

40 mins: CRUSADERS 33 CHIEFS 7

And we are back underway! With Damian McKenzie kicking off deep towards the Crusaders.


The Crusaders were all over the visitors, scoring five tries to one against the Chiefs in the first spell. Poor decision making and defence is a huge area of concern for the Chiefs. Jack Goodhue, Sevu Reece and Will Jordan were on fire for the Crusaders with their charging runs on attack. It appears the Chiefs could be in for a long night if they don't tweak their attacking and defensive options.

35 mins: CRUSADERS 33 CHIEFS 7

TRY! Will Jordan is in for his second try of the match! The Crusaders have been relentless on counter attack, Jack Goodhue takes on the line before throwing a pass to Jordan Taufua.

The Cruasders loose forward then passes the pill to Whetu Douglas who offloads the ball to a charging Will Jordan. Looks like he's going to be tackled before the try-line but he breaks out of the tackle and goes all the way over the try-line.

Richie Mo'unga nails his conversion attempt and the Chiefs are in all sorts of trouble right now.

28 mins: CRUSADERS 26 CHIEFS 7

TRY! The Chiefs have no answer for the Crusaders' attack. This time it is hooker Andrew Makalio who powers over to score. He runs a great line off his halfback Ere Enari, has good low body position and is in for the Crusaders' fourth try of the match.

Richie Mo'unga fires his conversion kick in between the goal posts from out wide.

23 mins: CRUSADERS 19 CHIEFS 7

TRY! A great set move from the Crusaders at scrum time with Will Jordan powering 35m to his way over to the try-line. Ryan Crotty throws an inside ball to his teammate Jordan and he's away, there was acres of space in behind the Chiefs. Looks like he might have come up short but the ref rules he grounded the ball over the try-line.

Richie Mo'unga nails his conversion attempt.

17 mins: CRUSADERS 12 CHIEFS 7

TRY! Taleni Seu does it himself! The Crusaders are penalised three times inside their own 22 and the Chiefs finally get over for their first try of the match. The Chiefs opt for a scrum deep inside the Crusaders' 22 and Seu decides to take the ball himself, he carries two players with him over the try-line.

Damian McKenzie lands his conversion attempt and the Chiefs now trail 12-7. 


TRY! Chiefs first-five tries to throw a skip ball out to his winger but it is Crusaders' winger Sevu Reece who pops up and makes an intercept. He puts on the after burners and goes all the way to score.

Richie Mo'unga is unsuccessful with his second conversion attempt. 


TRY! It all started with a break from Crusaders' right winger Sevu Reece who regathered a mistimed cross field kick from Damian McKenzie. Jack Goodhue recieves the ball down the left flank and he sucks in two defenders before throwing a brilliant offload for his winger Braydon Ennor to score the first five-pointer of the match.

Richie Mo'unga is online with his conversion attempt from the sideline. 


KICK-OFF! And we are underway as Crusaders first-five Richie Mo'unga kicks off deep towards the Chiefs.


The Crusaders are undefeated so far this season with the Chiefs still yet to chalk up a win this year.

The Chiefs have a star-studded backline with the likes of Damian McKenzie. Etene Nanai-Seturo, Anton Lienert-Brown and Solomon Alaimalo in the starting XV.

Ryan Crotty has been named to captain the Crusaders, as his team look to win their 22nd consecutive home game.

The Crusaders are stacked with All Blacks stars Jack Goodhue, Richie Mo'unga, Scott Barrett and Joe Moodie in the starting XV.

While Codie Taylor, Luke Romano and David Havili are named on the bench.

The last time the two side's met in June last year in round 16, the Crusaders won 34-20 in Hamilton.


Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty (c), 11 Braydon Ennor, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Ere Enari, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody.

Reserves: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Harry Allan, 18 George Bower, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Camerson, 23 David Havili.

Chiefs: 15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Damian McKenzie 9 Brad Weber, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick (c), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross.

Reserves: 16 Samison Taukei’aho, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Alex Nankivell.

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