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Crusaders Thrill at Twickenham
Crusaders beat Sharks 44-28 in Super 15 Clash
Posted Apr 06, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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Over 35,000 fans turned up at Twickenham for the Super 15 clash between Crusaders and Sharks, and they weren’t disappointed.
The game, held at Twickenham due to the tragic earthquake in Christchurch, was the first Super 15 fixture to be held in the northern hemisphere.
The Crusaders have had to move their home fixtures away from Christchurch after the recent earthquake damaged their AMI Stadium. Some fixtures have been moved to Nelson, at the north of the country's South Island, but the 10,500-seater Trafalgar Park facility is not seen as a viable long-term option as it can only accommodate around half of the usual Crusaders spectators.
Sean Maitland crossed twice for the Kiwis, with Dan Carter, Israel Dagg and Zac Guildford also crossing, with Carter kicking 17 points and Matt Berquist 3 as the Crusaders ran out 44-28 winners.
Sharks went down fighting, however, and ran in four tries of their own, with Willem Alberts, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Alistair Hargreaves and Odwa Ndungane touching down, and Potgieter kicking a further 8 points.
Willem Alberts scored for the Sharks who raced into an early lead, but quickly fell 34-10 behind as Crusaders found their feet and punished their opponents.
Crusaders had scored 96 points in their previous two fixtures and are in second place in the table, (first in the New Zealand conference), with just one defeat so far. Sharks, meanwhile, are in eighth place (third in the South African conference), with four wins from their six matches so far.
Crusaders face the Bulls next in the competition, with the Sharks taking on the Stormers.