The Southern Kings first try overseas in Super Rugby was scored by Wimpie van der Walt (converted by Catrakilis) at the end of a bruising first half which saw the Crusaders lead the Kings 31-13 at half time.
Once again the Kings were forced to defend as the Crusaders attacked the centre again and again to force their way through the Kings defence.
All Black Dan Carter kicked 16 points and was replaced in the 51st minute to start his maternity leave as he is expecting his first child and will not travel with the rest of the team to South Africa.
The Crusaders outscored the Kings by 7 tries to 2 which takes them to 17 tries in total for the season which is one behind the leading try scoring team the Chiefs.
“The guys played bravely. The Crusaders are a very good side. They have five guys in their starting fifteen that are All Blacks… playing guys like[Daniel] Carter and [Kieran] Read who are probably the best in their positions in the world, and [George] Whitelock is pretty close to that, as is [Owen] Franks,” said Director of Rugby Alan Solomons after today’s game.
“So you know, we were up against it and I thought the guys did really, really well.
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