/Crusaders too strong for Waratahs in Super Rugby opener

Crusaders too strong for Waratahs in Super Rugby opener

2020-02-01 10:04

Cape Town – Reigning Super Rugby champions Crusaders have defeated the Waratahs in their opening match at the Trafalgar Park in Nelson on Saturday.

As it happened | Crusaders v Waratahs

Crusaders won 43-25 after leading 24-6 at half-time.

The home side scored six tries in the match throughLeicester Fainga”anuku, Luke Romano and a double brace by Will Jordan and Braydon Ennor.

David Havili added five conversions and a penalty

Meanwhile, the Waratahs crossed the whitewash thrice thanks to Alex Newsome and a double by Mark Nawaqanitawase.

Will Harrison landed two conversions and two penalties.

Next week the Crusaders are up against the Chiefs (08:05 SA time), while the Waratahs host the Blues (10:15 SA time) on Saturday, February 8.

Scorers:

Crusaders

Tries: Will Jordan (2), Braydon Ennor (2) Leicester Fainga”anuku, Luke Romano 

Conversions: David Havili (5)

Penalty: Havili

Waratahs

Tries: Mark Nawaqanitawase (2), Alex Newsome

Conversions: Will Harrison (2)

Penalties: Harrison (2)

Teams:

Crusaders

15 David Havili, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 Leicester Faingaanuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Scott Barrett (captain), 3 Oliver Jager, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 George Bower

Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Isi Tu’ungafasi, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Cullen Grace, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Sevu Reece

Waratahs

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Lalaki Foketi, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Tom Robertson

Substitutes: 16 Damian Fitzpatrick, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Carlo Tizanno, 22 Mitch Short, 23 Jack Maddocks

– Compiled by Lynn Butler

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