Israel Dagg of the Crusaders makes a break during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at AMI Stadium
Israel Dagg of the Crusaders makes a break during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at AMI Stadium Martin Hunter - Getty Images

Crusaders bounce back over Blues

THE Crusaders responded to the verbal rocket they received from coach Todd Blackadder earlier in the week by clinically demolishing the Blues 59-12 in their Super Rugby match in Christchurch on Saturday.

The normally measured Blackadder, not prone to verbal outbursts, ripped into the seven-times champions after they lost 28-19 to the Melbourne Rebels last week and left them in no uncertain terms he expected better against the Blues.

The Crusaders ruthlessly responded.

Hooker Corey Flynn (twice), loose forwards Matt Todd and Richie McCaw, wingers Adam Whitelock and Zac Guildford, lock Luke Romano, scrum half Andy Ellis and replacement Tom Marshall all scored tries for the Crusaders.

All Blacks fly half Daniel Carter also resumed goal-kicking after recovering from a groin surgery and added six conversions before he was replaced by Tyler Bleyendaal, who added a late conversion.\

Read the full match report at ABC news online.


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