Planet Rugby

Crusaders cruise to lukewarm win

17th April 2010 07:36

Share:

Crotty v Cheetahs

Ryan Crotty celebrates his try

The Crusaders completed a routine 45-6 win over the Cheetahs on Saturday, rarely breaking a sweat in a disjointed performance.

Despite the scrappy display, the home side had the bonus point wrapped up by half-time against opposition that simply needs to get home and regroup as quickly as possible from a tour that has been sent straight from hell.

The Cheetahs have thus far faced a Waratahs team just beginning to cut loose, a Brumbies team deseprate for tries and a Crusaders team hell-bent on bonus points to get a home semi-final. Next week they go to the Chiefs, whose semi-final hopes disappeared yesterday, so they might get some respite, but they look a shell-shocked bunch at the moment.

Their hosts looked disinterested at times, certainly they were in no mood to do the harder yards more than absolutely necessary. But tries didn't just come and for a time, the Cheetahs were in with a shout of frustrating the Crusaders into conceding a little too much.

It was Thomas Waldrom's brace of powerful tries just before the break that ultimately crushed the Cheetahs' resolve as far as finding a result went.

Kahn Fotuali'i opened the scoring after an opening ten minutes in which there was a fair bit of kicking, a few spilled passes and very little else. Fotuali'i went on a curving run from the back of a ruck, curving through a gap, round the covering defence and all the way over to the left-hand corner.

Riaan Viljoen answered with a penalty and that was the way the game stayed, meandering back and forth until Ryan Crotty sliced through the Cheetahs' backs for the second.

Colin Slade converted that one and followed suit when Waldrom crashed over off the back of a driven maul, repeating his converting trick once again on half-time as the Crusaders drove a scrum over the Cheetahs line and Waldrom pounced for his second and his team's fourth.

In between, Viljoen had given the Cheetahs one more flicker of hope with a penalty, moments before hobbling off injured. The pushover try killed off those hopes completely.

Spirited defence and the Crusaders' occasionally lackadaisical play kept the floodgates shut in the second half, with many an opportunity for the hosts going awry for the want of looking for an offload.

Sean Maitland eventually scored the fifth after a neat passing movement down the left and then Ben Franks was driven over from 5m out.

Zac Guildford came off the bench for a scoring cameo, taking a pass from Slade and coming off his wing to do so and go under the posts.

Man of the match: Sentimental? Soft? Indulgent? Maybe, but we felt the best effort and hardest work from either side came from Cheetahs scrum-half Sarel Pretorius, with at least two match-saving tackles and more than a couple of attacking sparks. He seemed to know which way he wanted the ball to go in attack, a virtue not always apparent in his colleagues.

The scorers:

For the Crusaders:
Tries: Fotuali'i, Crotty, Waldrom 2, Maitland, B.Franks, Guildford
Cons: Slade 5

For the Cheetahs:
Pens: Viljoen 2

Crusaders: 15 Colin Slade, 14 Jared Payne, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Daniel Bowden, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Ti'i Paulo, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Daniel Perrin, 17 Owen Franks, 18 Brad Thorn, 19 Jonathan Poff, 20 Andy Ellis/Willi Heinz, 21 Tu Umaga-Marshall, 22 Zac Guildford.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Corne Uys, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Barend Pieterse, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements:16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Nico Breedt, 19 Philip van der Walt, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Robert Ebersohn.

Referee: Jonathon White (New Zealand)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Bath vs Toulouse15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks15:15
Castres vs Leinster13:00
Wasps vs Harlequins17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 9217:15
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Preview
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Brive vs Zebre18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade Francais14:00
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Currie Cup
Saturday , October 25
Western Province vs Lions17:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Saturday , October 25
Taranaki vs Tasman19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Lions 50 - 20 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Western Province 31 - 23 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 49 - 30 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Manawatu 23 - 18 Southland
Tasman 26 - 6 CanterburyTasman vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 17
Harlequins 25 - 9 CastresHarlequins vs Castres Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615