Auckland Blues and Canterbury Crusaders stay the one unbeaten groups in New Zealand’s Super Rugby competitors, after the Crusaders received their grudge match towards the Waikato Chiefs 18-13 in Christchurch on Sunday.
In moist, greasy situations, Will Jordan scored twice for the Crusaders to give them two wins from two matches and prolonged their unbeaten home report to 35.
The Blues, who’ve performed an additional sport, notched their third win Saturday after they held off a hard-finishing Otago Highlanders 27-24.
The Chiefs have now misplaced three from three, the Wellington Hurricanes have misplaced two from two and the Otago Highlanders have a win and a loss.
It was a battle of attrition in Christchurch with the tone set midweek when Crusaders prop Joe Moody talked of a “deep-seated hatred” of the Chiefs, which gave visiting coach Warran Gatland all of the ammunition he wanted for his pre-match pep discuss.
With the fixed rain forcing dealing with errors and dictating a bruising ahead conflict with a lot of kicking by the backs, the end result got here down to the Crusaders capitalizing on the 2 alternatives that went their method.
“We knew it was going to be a confrontational sport, and we had to ensure that the breakdown was actually clear,” Crusaders captain Codie Taylor mentioned
“A younger fella like Will Jordan who’s on his toes and simply needs to get entangled, and it is superior to see the boys backing their expertise particularly in situations like this,” he added.
Chiefs captain Sam Cane referred to as it a “basic arm wrestle” which got here down to the Crusaders benefiting from key moments.
“There wasn’t a lot between the 2 sides and credit score to the Crusaders, a few opportunistic tries, and a few moments can actually swing a sport,” Cane mentioned.