May 08, 2021
Fiji-born Sevu Reece scored a try as the Crusaders lifted the Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy after beating the Chiefs 24-13 in the grand final tonight.
The Crusaders had the first push at the line when Richie Mo'unga swung the ball wide to Reece on the right, who just had one man (Damian McKenzie) to beat and Reece reached out and planted the ball on the white chalk while Mo'unga slotted the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
The Chiefs won a penalty and McKenzie took a long shot and nailed it for 3 points to get his side on the scoreboard.
The Crusaders came storming back down field and scored again through Will Jordan but Mo'unga couldn’t convert.
The Chiefs hit back after Crusaders fell to 14 men when Cody Taylor received a yellow card and McKenzie took advantage scoring a try and he converted from the sideline, for 10 points.
The Crusaders won another penalty on the edge of the 22m and Mo'unga extended the lead to 15-10 at the breather.
In the early second spell, Crusaders went down to 13 men when Reece joined Taylor in the bin for a high tackle.
The Chiefs received a penalty and McKenzie made no mistake and earned the 13 points for his side.
It was in the 64th minute when the Crusaders counter-attack through Mo'unga and Hall after receiving the kick from the Chiefs and Mo'unga slotted a drop kick - his first ever in Super Rugby - to reinstate the five-point lead.
The Crusaders won the last two penalties around 35m out on the left flank and Mo'unga knocked it over - despite the rain beginning to pour down.
By Romeka Romena