May 20, 2022
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Reece grabs double in big Crusaders win

Winger Sevu Reece scored a brace of tries as the Crusaders thrashed Fijian Drua 61-3 in Round 14 of Super Rugby Pacific in Christchurch tonight.

The game had just started and the Crusaders were on the board within two minutes.

An early penalty setup the homeside in prime territory and off the ensuing a lineout quick ball to the backs from halfback Bryn Hall had flyhalf Fergus Burke outwide for blind wing Leiceister Fainga'anuku to stroll over to score their first try with Burke adding the conversion.

Inside centre Teti Tela kept the visitors close with a penalty in the 7th minute from 40 metres out as the Crusaders were caught offside.

The second Crusaders try also came off a Drua mistake when winger Tuidraki Samusamuvodre kicked the ball full out from outside his 22 metre line.

With another setpiece move Crusaders winger Sevu Reece found space along the outside to bring them close to five metres and quick ball back had the reds attack arrive with multiple numbers and Tom Christie sealed it off with a try and Burke added his second conversion 16 minutes in.

Crusaders were in for their third try with 27 minutes on the clock through Skipper Scott Barrett after some quick ball and hard running through outside centre Braydon Ennor set up hooker Ricky Jackson who gave it to Barrett to dot over with Burke nailing his third conversion.

Reece finally got on the board scoring the homeside's bonus point try from another lineout on the 22 metre line.

The resulting maul had the Crusaders again stretch the Drua defence to one side before sending it back to Reece who skipped over the straggling tackle of Selestino Ravutaumada to score with Burke making it four from four and getting the final points of the first half as they led 28-3 at the break.

The red and black machine continued where they left off with another try in the 47th minute.

Interlocking plays between forwards and backs proved to hard for the Drua to match the moving parts, and again pays off with the blue defence stretched to thin to allow Burke to slide over the paint and convert his own try.

The homeside were unstoppable and powered over with another setpiece move, with the midfield attack of Jack Goodhue and Ennor shattering the blue wall to set Reece flying for his second try of the night in the corner, this time with Burke unable to convert with 26 minutes to go.

The Crusaders exploited the exit of Ravutaumada wo was out for a HIA and simultaneous yellow card to send fast ball off a given penalty with a tap, and quick hands had Ennor rewarded in the far corner with a try of his own with Burke adding the two.

Christie added his second try in as many minutes as the Drua now tired in defence failed to link their tackles with again Burke adding another conversion with full-time hovering in to end the match.

By Noa Biudole


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