Home team Away Team


  • Penalty goals: Taylor (5),
15 - 11


  • Hanson,
    Penalty goals: Harris (2),
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 6th May 2012
  • KO 05:10
  • Ground: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Taylor-made win for Crusaders

Reds make do with losing bonus point after letting lead slip away

Last updated: 6th May 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Taylor-made win for Crusaders

Tom Taylor: kicked two late penalties

Related links


Also see

Fly-half Tom Taylor kicked a pair of late penalties to grab the Crusaders a tense 15-11 victory over the Reds in Christchurch.

In a repeat of last year's Super Rugby final, the Crusaders looked on course to suffer a fourth successive loss at the hands of their Australian opponents when they trailed 11-9 with eight minutes to go.

However the Reds paid dearly for pood discipline at the death, allowing Taylor to step up and win the game for the hosts.

In all the number 10 was successful with five of his six attempts during a match which saw the lead change hands several times.

Taylor's kicking apart, the Crusaders put in a poor performance which was littered with errors and they were fortunate to claim a win which moved them into second place in the New Zealand conference.

Only try

The Reds claimed the only try of the match as early as the first minute after charging down a Crusaders clearance straight after the kick-off.

Hooker James Hanson handled twice in the movement before he was the man to be driven over the line on a poorly-defended blindside.

Mike Harris missed the conversion of Hanson's try and also a 33rd-minute penalty, meaning two kicks in the seventh and 20th minute from Taylor had the Crusaders 6-5 ahead at the break.

New Zealand-born centre Harris did locate the posts three minutes into the second half to push the Reds in front, only for Taylor to reply three minutes later.

The visitors edged clear again with a 61st minute penalty awarded when replacement loosehead Wyatt Crockett was sin-binned for the Crusaders for a shoulder charge on scrum-half Will Genia.

But the last 10 minutes of the game saw several penalties awarded and Taylor made the most of his opportunities to make it 38 successful kicks from 45 attempts this season.

After being so close the Reds had to settle for a losing bonus point, meaning they are now nine adrift of the Brumbies in the Australian conference.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming Crusaders Fixtures
Saturday 28th February
Super Rugby
06:35Chiefs vs Crusaders
Saturday 14th March
03:30Crusaders vs Lions
Saturday 21st March
06:35Crusaders vs Cheetahs
Saturday 28th March
17:10Bulls vs Crusaders
Saturday 4th April
14:00Sharks vs Crusaders
Saturday 11th April
08:35Crusaders vs Highlanders
Friday 17th April
08:35Crusaders vs Chiefs
Saturday 25th April
08:35Crusaders vs Blues
Saturday 2nd May
08:35Hurricanes vs Crusaders
Friday 8th May
08:35Crusaders vs Reds
Saturday 23rd May
10:40Waratahs vs Crusaders
Friday 29th May
08:35Crusaders vs Hurricanes
Saturday 6th June
08:35Blues vs Crusaders
Today's Results
Saturday 21st February
Super Rugby
Highlanders 20 - 26 Crusaders
Friday 13th February
Crusaders 10 - 20 Melbourne Rebels

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com