Crusaders break away-day hoodoo

Ryan Crotty was one of the try-scorers as the Crusaders beat the Lions
Ryan Crotty was one of the try-scorers as the Crusaders beat the Lions
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Round 7 results

Highlanders 33-30 Rebels
Brumbies 26-9 Blues
Hurricanes 25-20 Bulls
Reds 29-32 Force
Cheetahs 43-43 Chiefs
Lions 7-28 Crusaders
Stormers 11-22 Waratahs

The Crusaders took a rare win away from home as they beat the Lions 28-7 in Johannesburg to break a long sequence of home wins and draws.

Until this win, no South African side had won in Australia or New Zealand and no team from Oceania had won in South Africa this season.

However, the Crusaders had won four of their last five games against the Lions so went into the Ellis Park encounter confident of another success, pulling off a comfortable win, scoring three tries to the Lions' one.

They led 6-0 at half-time through two Colin Slade penalties and they pulled clear in the second half.

Captain Ryan Crotty broke through early in the second half to touch down for the visitors but the Lions hit back with a try of their own when centre Lionel Mapoe dotted down in the corner in the 51st minute.

Crusaders increased their lead to nine points when Israel Dagg scored a penalty shortly after the television match official denied Crotty a second score.

Scrum-half Andy Ellis made the game safe with a try following a turnover before Kieron Fonotia scored again in the final minute.

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