Crusaders lead points table after round one of Super Rugby

Ruben Hill
February 5, 2020

Crusaders start Super Rugby defence with 43-25 win over the WaratahsBy Shanil Singh Sunday 02/02/202019-year-old Mark Nawaqanitawase scored two tries for the Waratahs against the Crusaders.

It was the pupil outsmarting the master as the Crusaders scored six tries to three to confirm their status as championship frontrunners again.

The two times defending champions dominated the first half leading 24-6 at the break, thanks to tries to outside backs Will Jordan, Braydon Ennor, and Leicester Fainga'anuku.

"I think it was a good way to start the season", said Crusaders captain Scott Barrett.

Waratahs leader Rob Simmons was disappointed that his side could not capitalize on opportunities they created.

The Crusaders showed their wide-ranging counterattacking repertoire, mixing wide passes with close-range off-loads and deft kicks in behind the defense had the visitors scrambling.

The opening 13 minutes saw David Havili and Will Harrison trade penalties as the teams were levelled.

A consolation try from Alex Newsome in the 76th minute took Waratahs' tally to 25 points but that could not prevent them from losing the game by 18 points.

Andrew Kellaway and Andrew Deegan went over in the closing stages to add some respectability to the scoreline but the Rebels failed to ease the pressure on head coach Dave Wessels, who recently admitted he considered quitting last season.

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