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Brumbies vs Crusaders live score

Brumbies vs Crusaders live score
Crazy - a fulback who can kick

Crazy - a fullback who can kick

Hoiles gets hands on ball 3 times in first 3 minutes.

5″ – Brumbies scrum under big pressure and pinged for collapsing 5m out from own line. Slade slots. 0-3

Brumbies building pressure in Saders half, but ceding turnovers and penalties to NEW ZEALAND referee Bryce Lawrence.

Gerrard having strong game at the back. Big clearance downfield from a Smith penalty finding touch. Brumbies nick line-out and a few phases later ‘Saders are offside. Gerrard slots penalty. 3-3

18″ – Soon after re-start, Smith tries a blind back door pass in own half. Laulala intercepts and is gone. Slade misses. 3-8

Gerrard has the ball on a string with long low touch finders.

23″ – Brumbies made 7 handling errors to Saders 4

Brumbies finding it hard to get over advantage line. Saders forcing turnovers.

29″ – Mortlock now with pinpont touch finder, 3 metres out from Saders line. They clear and from ensuing lineout Brumbies run great backline move with inide pass from AAC to Rattlebones who breaks line, makes 30m and then spills it in the tackle.

35″ – Brumbies recycling into tough saders defence, finally  start to make a few yards around the rucks. Eventually gap opens up around the rucks, one of which Smith waltzes through on the saders 22. Smith offloads to Lealiifano who touches down. Gerrard misses convo/ 8-8

38″ – Lawrence gets ’em for coming in from the side and Slade slots. 8-11

HT – Brumbies are far too loose at the breakdown and and just too sloppy at the with turnovers at the moment. They have the territory, possession and creativity, but the Saders can just sit back and hit on the break far too regularly.

McCaws replacement Whitelock having a blinder. Shading Smith at the breakdown. Makes two turnovers in the first 3 minutes of the second half.

44″ – A bit of end to end stuff, including Smith making a great break off a short 22.

Another belting touchfinder from Gerrard into Saders 22.

Brumbies playing with ball and territory. Rathbone almost picks up a grubber through from Lealiifano but Brett just gets boot to it first. Even though he was unsighted from behind, Lawrence rules that it’s a Rattlebones knock on, which a replay (and touchie) would clearly correct.

50″ – Fainifo get’s knocked into lala land with head clash from Laulala. Tyrone Smith on.

53″ – Alexander and Holmes on for Hendersen and Phibbs (who’s done a lot of running around the rucks tonight)

56″ – Crusaders are living offside at the breakdown. Mortlock has a long range shot at penalty into wind and slots it 11-11

Kimlin on for Salvi

58″ – Lealiifano charged down by Slade who picks up and runs. Is cut down by Lealiifano, but upon  recycle Filipo over in corner. Brett wide. 11-16

59″ – Crusaders are just totally taking the piss at the breakdown now.

Brumbies have 71% of the pill and 63% of territory.

61″ – Saders offside at scrumbase. Mortlock takes shot which he misses.

64″ – Brumbies have gone completely static against this Saders defence.

68′ – Brumbies starting to get some pressure on the scrum and get a penalty. Brumbies build pressure on line and then spill it.

Brumbies had 82 rucks and mauls vs Saders 33

71″ – Saders defence still rock solid and forcing Brumby mistakes behind the adv line. Clever inside balls going astray.

Brumbies scrum crunches saders.

Great chip ‘n chase from Slade but AAC manages to pilfer. Lealiifano pumps downfield.

76″ – Brumbies camped on Saders line.

81″ – After a million pick n drives Gerrard  10 meters out steps one, spins with 2 guys on him and dots down!

MORTLOCK SLOTS TRADEMARK BANANA CONVERSION AND BRUMBIES WIN 18-16!!!!

Full-time: Hats off to the Crusaders defence tonight, it was legendary from start to finish. The Brumbies found it hard to deal with at the breakdown and with turnovers. Had the Saders shown a few more sparks of some kind of attacking creativity rather than just waiting for an error, they probably would have taken this game.

From the Brumbies point of view, despite being their own worst enemies at times against the ’08 champs, they’ve still come up with the goods in a thrilling Canberran victory of old. Winning when things don’t go right is a good sign. Another good sign is Gerrards kicking game which was fantastic tonight, that with his match winning try must surely given him Man of the Match.

Lealiifano wasn’t nearly so composed tonight – was it the Giteau news??


Brumbies
Mark Gerrard, Clyde Rathbone, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stirling Mortlock, Francis Fainifo, Christian Lealiifano, Patrick Phibbs, Stephen Hoiles (c), George Smith, Julian Salvi, Mark Chisholm, Ben Hand, Guy Shepherdson, Stephen Moore, Nic Henderson. Replacements: John Ulugia, Ben Alexander, Sitaleki Timani, Peter Kimlin, Josh Holmes, Tyrone Smith, Matt Toomua, Shawn Mackay, Mitchell Chapman.

Crusaders
Stephen Brett, Jared Payne, Casey Laulala, Tim Bateman, Kade Poki, Colin Slade, Andy Ellis, Thomas Waldrom, George Whitelock, Kieran Read (c), Ross Filipo, Isaac Ross, Ben Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Jason Macdonald, Bronson Murray, Michael Paterson, Nasi Manu, Kahn Fotuali’i, Ryan Crotty, Adam Whitelock.

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