The Crusaders earned a 21-13 Vodacom Super Rugby win over the Blues at Rugby League Park stadium, Christchurch on Saturday. The Blues went in to the match hoping to cause an upset. At the start there was an early break from the hosts but in the tenth minute the score was still 0-0 with both teams looking solid on their defence. In the 11th minute the Blues conceded a penalty and Colin Slade slotted three points to make it 3-0 but a minute later the visitors were awarded a penalty.
Ihaia West made no mistake and gave the Blues the points to level up the score 3-3. In the 16th minute Nemani Nadolo scored a try
but Slade missed the conversion and the home side was up 8-3. The Saders kept on pushing but Frank Halai intercepted the pass and scored an amazing try in which he ran almost 100 metres. The conversion by West saw the away side up 10-8 in the 25th minute.
By the break it was 13-11 to the side from Auckland. In the second half there was nothing much as both teams were sloppy with
the ball. Slade got knocked out by Ma’a Nonu and he was forced to leave the field and went to do a concussion test as he was replaced by Johnny McNicholl. With 20 minutes left nothing changed on the scoreboard but then in the 67th minute Dan Carter gave the Crusaders the lead 14-13. The Canterbury franchise pushed on and Nadolo scored his second try of the match and Carter added two points as the Crusaders ran out winners by eight points. The final score was 21-13 to the Christchurch team.