Crusaders storm into Semi-finals
The Crusaders stormed into the semi-finals with an impressive 38-9 win over the Reds. Leading 21-6 at the break it never looked like they would lose the game.
Dan Carter put the Crusaders into the lead with a 4th minute penalty. A Lead they would never relinquish again. 6 minutes later Ryan Crotty got the ball on a brilliant angled run after a solid Crusaders scrum. The end result a try converted by Carter. Quade Cooper hit back with a penalty in the 14th minute. Ben Lucas then missed a penalty for the Reds. Carter also missed a penalty but minutes later he extended the lead with a successful one.
Cooper pulled back a penalty, but it was all in vain. From the kick-off the Crusaders rumbled it up the field. After a couple of quick recycles the ball came out to Carter who took a gap at speed and scored the Crusaders second try. He missed the conversion, but added a penalty on the stroke of halftime.
From the start of the second half the Reds won a penalty, but Cooper once again missed the penalty. Minutes later he succeeds but it is all in vain. The Crusaders shows some good handling before Dagg puts Crockett in a gap. He is brought down and passes on the inside to Matt Todd who in turn finds Tom Marshall on the outside. Marshall has too much pace and strength for the visitors and scores. Carter converts the try.
For the next ten minutes or so all the playing was done by the Reds. A turnover ball however and Ryan Crotty went over for his second og th game. Carter converted and effectively put the game beyond reach of the Reds. The game became scrappy as the Crusaders knocked a ball over the tryline. The Reds countered but once again conceded a penalty with Carter kicking it. The final score 38-9.
Penalties: Tom Taylor, Dan Carter x 3. Conversion: Dan Carter x 3. Tries: Tom Marshall, Ryan Crotty x 2, Dan Carter
Penalties: Quade Cooper x 3
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