A controversial call by the TMO ruled out a potentially match-winning try to Crusaders wing Sevu Reece and the Investec Super Rugby competition leaders had to settle for a 19-19 draw with the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday (NZT).
Knowing they stand to equal a 15-year-old record of 26 unbeaten Investec Super Rugby home games, the Crusaders are also looking for a boost against the Sharks in Christchurch on Friday before heading offshore next week.
Knowing the Crusaders sometimes struggled early in their seasons, coach Scott Robertson was delighted with the way his side quelled an improved Blues team to win their Investec Super Rugby game 24-22 at Eden Park on Saturday.
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is looking forward to the level of expectation in Auckland being reflected in a big crowd to turn out to Eden Park for the Blues-Crusaders Investec Super Rugby opener on Saturday.
All the virtues that have made the Crusaders such an uncompromising opponent, not least at playoffs time, were in evidence when turning back the Sharks 40–10 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.
Taranaki wrote themselves into the rich history of Ranfurly Shield rugby with one of the most outstanding challenges to end Canterbury's reign with a 55–43 win at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday.