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Vocal support

Maikeli Seru
Saturday, May 20, 2017

CRUSADERS coach Scott Robertson, with a broad smile, thanked the vocal Fijian support at the ANZ Stadium in Suva for helping them remain unbeaten in the Super Rugby competition.

The Crusaders extended its unbeaten Super Rugby winning streak to 12 matches, a storming second half setting up a 31-24 win over the Chiefs in Suva.

Yasawa man Seta Tamanivalu, Vanuavatu, Lau speedstar Manasa Mataele, and Jone Macilai were part of the strong Crusaders side in Fiji.

They led with two penalties in the start and etched their way to victory against a strong resilient Chiefs.

"We thanked the big support from the crowd, it helped us because we knew they were going to be hard but the support was awesome," he said.

Down 17-13 at halftime, the Crusaders roared back in the second spell to beat the Chiefs.

The Chiefs scored through wing Tim Nanai-Williams and the forwards in the 29th minute but was not enough to stop the Crusaders from their unbeaten streak.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said he was disappointed that they had the match in a safe position at halftime.

"We thought we could control it in the second half but we gave away some penalties and they controlled the game," he said,

His counterpart Robertson said they kept on pushing the opposition into mistakes to ensure that they win in Suva.

Crusaders 31 (Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, David Havili, Ben Funnell tries; Richie Mo'unga 2 con, 4 pen) Chiefs 24: (Tim Nanai-Williams, James Lowe, Kane Hames, Aaron Cruden tries; Aaron Cruden con, Damian McKenzie con).

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