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    Unhappy CRUSADERS DEFEAT FORCE IN CHRISTCHURCH

    The Western Force has fallen to the Crusaders, 30-7, at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium (Addington) this evening.

    The home side added two penalty tries to a 16-0 half-time lead to take the eventual 23-point win, while the Force’s try came through winger Dane Haylett-Petty, who crossed for his first try since returning to the Force and his first Asteron Life Super Rugby five-pointer since 2010.

    Head Coach Michael Foley said despite the final result, he was proud of his side’s effort.

    “Our execution was off in that first 20 minutes and that allowed them to get momentum,” he said. “[The Crusaders] are a very good side and they force you play out of your half and we didn’t do that as well as we have done at other times this season.

    “On the flip side, I think our guys put in a massive effort. There had been a lot of talk leading into the game about the four weeks we've just gone through and on top of that the injuries we’ve had, and I thought the guys came out after half time and battled on.

    “They really launched into it and there wasn’t much in that game. When you play a team like the Crusaders , they only need a couple of little errors to get in there and while we gave them that leg up early, they kept on fighting and I’m proud of the effort tonight.”

    On a chilly Christchurch night, the Crusaders held a monopoly on early possession and territory, returning two Colin Slade penalty goals inside the first 25 minutes against a resolute Force defence.

    Unable to go through the defensive wall, the Crusaders went over it when Andy Ellis kicked across field for winger Johnny McNicholl. From there the ball swung left before returning to where it came with the right winger touching down in the corner, with Slade’s conversion giving his side a 13-0 lead.

    McNicholl was denied a second six minutes from the break after prop Tim Perry claimed Sias Ebersohn off the ball, with another Slade penalty settling the 16-0 half-time score.

    Having missed out on possession through the first half, the Force began making amends early in the second when Dane Haylett-Petty found space down the left side to put Nick Cummins over the line, only to be held up by a desperate Canterbury defence.

    However, the Force did not wait long to cross in earnest when, from the ensuing scrum, Haylett-Petty stepped inside the defence before bumping off two Crusaders to cross under the posts. Ebersohn added the straightforward conversion to bring his side to within striking distance at 16-7 after 50 minutes.

    While the visitors continued to ask questions of the opposition defensive line throughout the second 40 minutes, it was the Crusaders that added two tries inside the final 10 minutes. With Force lock Sam Wykes sin-binned for not rolling away, the Crusaders added their first penalty try when the Force was ruled to collapse a rolling maul nearing the try line.

    The Crusaders were then denied an 80-metre try when Cummins chased down McNicholl into touch on the try line, before the Cantabrians added a final penalty try from a screwing scrum after the 80 minutes had elapsed.

    The Force will break for three weeks during the mid-season Test series, with the Western Australians resuming their Asteron Life Super Rugby campaign against the Blues at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) on Saturday, 28 June.

    2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby – Week 16
    Friday, 30 May 2014 at AMI Stadium (Addington), Christchurch
    Kick-off: 7.35pm (local)/3.35pm (AWST)

    Crusaders 30 (Johnny McNicholl try; 2 penalty tries; Colin Slade 3/3 conversion, 3/3 penalty goals) defeated Western Force 7 (Dane Haylett-Petty try; Sias Ebersohn 1/1 conversion)

    Western Force:
    1. Pek Cowan, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 4. Sam Wykes, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 6. Brynard Stander, 7. Matt Hodgson (c), 8. Angus Cottrell, 9. Ian Prior, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 11. Nick Cummins, 12. Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 13. Patrick Dellit, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 15. Jayden Hayward. Res: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Francois van Wyk, 18. Oliver Hoskins, 19. Adam Coleman, 20. Ryan Hodson, 21. Justin Turner, 22. Zack Holmes, 23 Dillyn Leyds.
    Coach: Michael Foley

    Crusaders:
    1. Tim Perry, 2. Ben Funnell, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Jordan Taufua, 7. Richie McCaw, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Colin Slade, 11. Nemani Nadolo, 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Tom Taylor, 14. Johnny McNicholl, 15. Israel Dagg. Res: 16. Corey Flynn, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Owen Franks, 19. Jimmy Tupou, 20. Luke Whitelock, 21. Willi Heinz, 22. Adam Whitelock, 23. Nafi Tuitavake.
    Coach: Todd Blackadder

    Yellow Cards: Sam Wykes (71st min)
    Red Cards: Nil
    Referee: Mike Fraser
    Crowd: Not announced

    By the Clock

    Min Details Score
    11 Colin Slade Penalty Goal 3-0
    23 Colin Slade Penalty Goal 6-0
    25 Johnny McNicholl Try 11-0
    26 Colin Slade Conversion 13-0
    40 Colin Slade Penalty Goal 16-0
    50 Dane Haylett-Petty Try 16-5
    50 Sias Ebersohn Conversion 16-7
    71 Sam Wykes Sin Bin 16-7
    72 Penalty Try 21-7
    73 Colin Slade Conversion 23-7
    80 Penalty Try 28-7
    80 Colin Slade Conversion 30-7

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    '"Defeat"?

    I would have thought "Flogged their sorry arse" would have been a more appropriate description.

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    Don't understand either how there's a yellow card for not rolling away with Sam? Is it because of being on the try linei a maul?

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    Too many Cottesloe players ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by valzc View Post
    Don't understand either how there's a yellow card for not rolling away with Sam? Is it because of being on the try linei a maul?
    I thought SAMs card was in from the side, but
    A wrong number, Coleman was on the side of the maul
    B he was actually standing in the line and the maul rolled his way, he drove forward into the maul....I thought it was OK.

    Sam fought his way right through the middle of a messy maul and got to the ball carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fulvio sammut View Post
    '"Defeat"?

    I would have thought "Flogged their sorry arse" would have been a more appropriate description.
    Bit of a heap shot there, I reckon.

    A little more balanced assessment from (of all places) The SMH:

    The Force entered the match missing almost half of their preferred starting line-up.

    Their backline was particularly depleted, with Kyle Godwin (knee), Solomoni Rasolea (arm), Alby Mathewson (ankle), Marcel Brache (ankle) and Luke Morahan (hamstring) all set to return after the three-week Test window...................The Force came out firing in the second half, and their dominance was rewarded when Haylett Petty spun through the Crusaders defence to touch down.

    However, the Crusaders' dominant rolling mauls proved the difference when the game was on the line.

    Although the Force are likely to tumble out of the top-six, they are still well placed to secure a maiden finals berth once the Super competition resumes after next month's Test window.



    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/un...#ixzz33FncGwsp

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    So with one man down (dellit) and the crusaders one man up (the ref) we didn't do that badly. Feel for cottrell such a trooper this year! Looking forward to seeing how we go after the break and our injured players back. Here's hoping the tahs and the brumbies lose this weekend. Especially the tahs as sick of reading they are the best thing since sliced bread after three wins in a row!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fulvio sammut View Post
    '"Defeat"?

    I would have thought "Flogged their sorry arse" would have been a more appropriate description.
    Our answer to Tim Horan strikes again!

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