Thursday, January 25, 2007
Waratahs vs. Crusaders. 25/01/2007. Sydney.
Defending Rebel Sport Super 14 champions, the Crusaders, were beaten 12-17 by the Waratahs in their pre-season match in Sydney on Thursday. The match was the traditional pre-season game for the Rotomahana Challenge Trophy and was decided by a piece of brilliance from 18-year-old first five-eighths Kurtley Beale. He sliced through the Crusaders' defence to create a try chance which was taken by halfback Josh Holmes for the winning try. The game lacked continuity but the Crusaders looked to have done enough to win. They scored first through a try to flanker Kieran Read, but that man with the ability to make something from nothing, wing Peter Hewat charged down an attempted clearance kick and Sam Norton-Knight scored an easy try. Halfback Andrew Ellis gave the Crusaders the lead halfway through the second spell but Holmes had the final say.
First Super 14 match : Blues/Crusaders next Friday!!!!
Les Champions sortants du Super 14, les Crusaders ont perdu 17 a 12 face aux waratahs lors du match d'avant saison a Sydney. Ce fut l'occasion pour le jeune Kurtley Beale (age de 18 ans) de se reveler en marquant un superbe essai a travers la defense neo zelandaise. Pour les Crusaders, c'est le flanker Kieran Read qui s'est illustre en marquant le premier essai. Suivi a la soixantieme minute par son collegue Andrew Ellis. Mais l'essai de la victoire australienne fut score par Holmes.
Premier match du Super 14 : Blues vs. Crusaders vendredi prochain (a 8h30 sur Canal+ Sport)