Planet Rugby

Our defence was passive - Whitelock

28th April 2013 07:53

Share:

Crusaders lock Luke Romano taking a lineout

Close on: Crusaders win

Crusaders captain George Whitelock lamented his charges' performance against the Rebels yet was thankful for Tom Taylor's accurate goal-kicking.

The New Zealanders limped to a 30-26 victory over the Australians in a win that moves them up to seventh overall and third in their conference.

And despite four points being banked, Whitelock was left unhappy with his side's defensive effort as they leaked three tries in Sunday's fixture.

"We started well but then we took the foot right off the throat and let the Rebels right back in. Our defence was pretty passive," he said, adding that the message was clear when the Rebels led with 20 minutes remaining.

"We needed to work away and wear them down and we eventually got the penalties."

The Crusaders will take on the pace-setting Brumbies at Canberra Stadium next Sunday.

  • Super Rugby Fixtures
  • Super Rugby Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , August 2
Waratahs 33 - 32 Crusaders
More Super Rugby results
  • Super Rugby Table
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Crusaders1651
3Sharks1650
4Brumbies1645
5Chiefs1644
6Highlanders1642
7Hurricanes1641
8Western Force1640
9Bulls1638
10Blues1637
11Stormers1632
12Lions1631
13Reds1628
14Cheetahs1624
15Melbourne Rebels1621
Australian Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Brumbies1645
3Western Force1640
4Reds1628
5Melbourne Rebels1621
New Zealand Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Crusaders1651
2Chiefs1644
3Highlanders1642
4Hurricanes1641
5Blues1637
South African Conference
Super Rugby Table
PosTeamPPts
1Sharks1650
2Bulls1638
3Stormers1632
4Lions1631
5Cheetahs1624