Crusaders stop Tahs
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