Crusaders beat Chiefs to close in on Super Rugby title

Paola Ditto
Agosto 2, 2020

The Crusaders extend their Super Rugby Aotearoa lead after defeating the Chiefs at the FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Chiefs fullback was sent flying in a mighty bump off from Tom Sanders.

The Crusaders lost at home to the Hurricanes last weekend and said throughout this week they were in no mood to repeat the experience against the Chiefs.

The win moves the Crusaders seven points clear of the second placed Blues at the top of the Super Rugby Aotearoa standings.

The Crusaders host the Highlanders next Sunday before they travel to Eden Park to face the Blues in the final match of the competition on August 16.

The Crusaders scored five tries in the match through Tom Sanders, Will Jordan, Codie Taylor, Sevu Reece and Leicester Faingaanuku.

The Chiefs battled their way back into the game and closed the gap with a converted try from impressive loose forward Lachlan Boshier and a Damian McKenzie penalty.

On the other side of the coin, it was a miserable way for Aaron Cruden to mark his 100th game for the Chiefs, as his side, playing for nothing but pride, notched up their eighth successive loss on this horror streak.

McKenzie then slotted two penalties in the first 10 minutes of the second half to make it 17-16 before fly-half Richie Mo'unga extended the Crusaders' lead with his first penalty.

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