Cru­saders stop Tahs

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

FOR a team sleep­ing in friends’ homes and wear­ing beards be­cause shav­ing is a waste of fresh wa­ter, vic­tory was never go­ing to bring out the cham­pagne.

But with over 200 peo­ple dead or miss­ing in their home­town, as far as the Cru­saders were con­cerned this was a win that meant as much as any Su­per rugby ti­tle.

‘‘ Yes­ter­day with the call that went out that we’re into re­cov­ery ( not res­cue) mode, that’s pretty tough,’’ Cru­saders skip­per Kieran Read said post-match.

‘‘ Hope­fully we have done a small part to lift some spir­its.’’

Pow­ered by the emo­tion of the tragic Christchurch earth­quake and a pair of mon­ster cen­tres the Cru­saders did just that last night, burst­ing the Waratahs’ bub­ble with an em­phatic 15-point vic­tory in Nel­son.

The vic­tory was in a re-lo­cated home ground but it didn’t stop the Cru­saders from pil­ing on their ninth straight win over the ’ Tahs in New Zealand.

Armed with the mo­ti­va­tion of show­ing pride in the suf­fer­ing Can­ter­bury re­gion and a 10,500-strong crowd, the Cru­saders’ power and skill de­liv­ered the Waratahs a big ‘‘ re­al­ity check’’ af­ter their fly­ing start to the sea­son.

Af­ter NSW scored two tries early to lead 13-6 by the 25th minute, the Cru­saders turned on the power through their cen­tres Sonny Bill Wil­liams and Rob­bie Fruean, who

POW­ERED BY EMO­TION: Cen­tre Sonny Bill Wil­liams at­tack­ing the line

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