Crusaders unbeaten

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Monday, May 22, 2017
THE Crusaders kept their unbeaten streak alive with a brutal, but thrilling, victory over the Chiefs after trailing 17-13 at half-time.
This pile of rubbish along Nairai Rd in Raiwai needs to be cleared. Picture: ATU RASEA
This pile of rubbish along Nairai Rd in Raiwai needs to be cleared. Picture: ATU RASEA

Despite being outscored four tries to the, the Crusaders made it 12 wins in a row with a hard fought victory.

Entering the heart of Suva, the Chiefs were undefeated against fellow NZ opposition, netting three wins and restricting their opponents to single digits in the opening half of each game.

The Chiefs won 16 of their last 17 games at home on a Friday night. Technically this was a clash between the impressive Crusaders, unbeaten through 11 games, while the Chiefs won nine games. They were a quality side in their last outing and came into this clash with confidence.

Aiding that confidence had been their recent record against the Crusaders having won their last four games by an average margin of 14 points and having not lost the first meeting between these teams during season since 2011.

The Chiefs have restricted the Crusaders to fewer than 20 points in each of their last six games when hosting them. However, in front of their loyal fans, the Crusaders delivered a memorable performance and picked up four points for their victory to extend their lead atop the NZ Conference and the overall log.

The support for the mighty and high flying champions was massive. Fans basked in glory at the final whistle and many stayed back to get selfies with their stars.

The fireworks display marked the end of a mouth-watering clash. The Crusaders are the real deal this season as they march to face the Melbourne Rebels.

In addition, Friday night marked a new chapter for Fiji's tourism industry. FSC and the fans support have shown that Fiji is capable of hosting quality international matches.

Often during Super Rugby matches on TV we see empty seats, but in Fiji the reception that our visitors got was overwhelming.

Thank you the Chiefs and Crusaders for the entertaining match that had fans on their feet.

The Crusaders had the last laugh as they emulate the success of their brothers in the days of Robbie Deans.

This season looks to be ours and the cup could as well rest in Christchurch.

I wish the Crusaders and Chiefs all the best for the rest of the season.

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