Crusaders cruise past Reds

The Crusaders scored four tries to beat the Reds 31-3 in their pre-season match in Brisbane on Saturday.

Having trailed 3-0 at the break, the visitors took the lead five minutes into the second half through a penalty try, which came when Chris Kuridrani tipped away Mitchell Drummond's pass to George Bridge, who was standing on the left wing.

Bridge then scored two tries, chasing down replacement flyhalf Richie Mo'unga's grubber kick into the in-goal area for the first, and weaving inside two would-be tacklers to dot down for the second.

No 8 Jordan Taufau dived over with six minutes remaining, with Mo'unga slotting his fourth conversion and then adding a penalty.

Reds – Penalty: Jake McIntyre.
Crusaders – Tries: Penalty try, George Bridge (2), Jordan Taufua. Conversion: Richie Mo’unga (4). Penalty: Mo’unga.

Reds – 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Lolo Fakaosilea, 5 Rob Simmons (c), 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Ben Daley.
Subs: Saia Fainga’a, Sef Fa’agase, Taniela Tupou, Ben Matwijow, Lukhan Tui, Curtis Browning, Maclean Jones, Michael Gunn, James Tuttle, Mack Mason, Chris Kuridrani, Duncan Paia’aua, Campbell Magnay, Alex Gibbon, Sam Greene.

Crusaders – 15 Marty McKenzie, 14 Jone Macilai, 13 Sean Wainui, 12 David Havili, 11 Sione Fifita, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Leon Fukofuka, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Tim Boys, 6 Jimmy Tupou (c), 5 Scott Barrett, 4, Luke Romano, 3 Mike Alaalatoa, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Subs: Codie Taylor, Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Oliver Jager, Sam Whitelock, Mitchell Dunshea, Reed Prinsep, Mitchell Drummond, Richie Mo’unga, Kieron Fonotia, Mitchell Hunt, Johnny McNicholl, Nemani Nadolo, George Bridge.

Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images


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