Crusaders snared a vital 23-22 win over the Waratahs in Christchurch

He may have a test to play next week but Dan Carter should be nursing a well-earned hangover this morning.

The ice-cool Carter kicked a 50m penalty in the 73rd minute as the Crusaders snared a vital 23-22 win over the Waratahs in Christchurch tonight.

The home side had to rely on Tahs goal kicker Berrick Barnes to miss a penalty after the fulltime hooter when referee Glenn Jackson awarded the visitors a vital scrum penalty in the final minute.

It would be foolish to believe this performance has Crusaders fans excited about their prospects of winning an eight title but it was four competition points banked ahead of this month’s test window.

When Jackson finally blew time on this match the relieved 11,500-strong crowd almost rattled the tiles in the roofs around Addington.

They had good reason to be relieved. Missed tackles, a shambolic lineout and an injury to Kieran Read contributed to their misery as they watched the Crusaders trail 22-10 early in the second half.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen may have endured a nervous evening too – especially if Read’s injury, believed to be a neck problem, places him in doubt for next weekend’s test against France at Eden Park.

Read, who is being groomed to take over as captain from the absent Richie McCaw, didn’t emerge for the second half at AMI Stadium and anyone who knows the big No 8 will attest to his high pain threshold.

Another concern for Hansen would have been the sight of giant lock Dominic Bird clutching his ribs when replaced in the second half.

The Crusaders fightback began with Matt Todd’s try from a lineout drive.

With the Crusaders’ backline attack unable to unpick the staunch defence, the drive was always going to be the logical way to attack the ‘Tahs when awarded a lineout in the third quarter.

Given the nightmares with throwing – Corey Flynn struggled here – the major hurdle to clear was to get the ball in straight.

From there the Crusaders pack, who were bolstered by Zac Guildford and Carter, assisted in barrelling Todd over.

That was the good part. The ugly stuff was not so memorable.

An intercept pass flicked by Luke Whitelock to Dave Dennis gift-wrapped the Waratahs a crucial try soon after the break when No 8 Dennis unleashed an unexpected burst of speed and cleverly gave halfback Brendan McKibbin enough time to roam in support before unloading.

Peter Betham this week hinted he would like to return to Tasman and used his trip to New Zealand to emphatically remind his provincial coach Kieran Keane why he was such an asset last year.

The Crusaders, if they can prise the fingers spread across their own faces when looking at the footage of Betham’s try, will only wonder how they could be so meek in defence.

Having attacked from a lineout win near halfway the Waratahs split the defence – Michael Hooper surging onto a ball at pace and skinning fullback Israel Dagg on the outside – and it was left to left Betham, who somehow shrugged four tacklers, to swan-dive over in the corner.

In that split-second Betham added a few bucks to his next contract; because it is certain his agent, if he is worth a pinch of salt, will add the clip to his DVD package when shopping his client around his future employers.

Trailing 15-3 with eight minutes remaining in the first half the Crusaders suddenly awoke from the nightmare.

They made a rare foray into the New South Welshmen’s quarter and when rewarded with a penalty in front of the sticks they pounced: Dan Carter took a quick tap and when the ball was regurgitated from a ruck Corey Flynn rammed his 110kg frame over the chalk.

The Waratahs strung so many phases together ahead of their first try that the back-pedalling Crusaders looked as if they were running on ice.

Eventually that pressure took its toll.

Cam Crawford, running a hard angle, slipped the tackle of prop Nepo Laulala and when lock Luke Romano missed his shoulder-hit the Waratahs right wing slithered across the line.

– © Fairfax NZ News

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3 changes to Crusaders team to play the Waratahs named

Crusaders team to play the Waratahs named

The Crusaders take on the Waratahs from New South Wales this Friday 31 May at AMI Stadium (Addington). Kick-off is at 7.35pm local time

Head Coach Todd Blackadder has announced the team to play the New South Wales visitors making three changes to the starting fifteen who played the Chiefs last weekend.

Corey Flynn returns from an injury to his hamstring to take the number two jersey moving Ben Funnell to the bench.

A fractured finger for Sam Whitelock gives Dominic Bird the opportunity to start alongside Luke Romano while Jimmy Tupou comes onto the bench.

In the backs the jostle for halfback position see’s Willi Heinz make the starting fifteen and Andy Ellis move to the bench.

This is the last game the Crusaders will play at home before a four week break.

Crusaders team to play the Waratahs:

1. Wyatt Crockett 9. Willi Heinz Reserves
2. Corey Flynn 10. Dan Carter 16. Ben Funnell
3. Nepo Laulala 11. Zac Guildford 17. Joe Moody
4. Luke Romano 12. Tom Taylor 18. Jimmy Tupou
5. Dominic Bird 13. Ryan Crotty 19. Luke Whitelock
6. George Whitelock 14. Tom Marshall 20. Andy Ellis
7. Matt Todd 15. Israel Dagg 21. Robbie Fruean
8. Kieran Read (c) 22. Adam Whitelock

The DHL Stormers team to take on the Kings on Sat at Newlands

The DHL Stormers team to take on the Kings is as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen
14. Gio Aplon
13. Jean de Villiers (captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Bryan Habana
10. Elton Jantjies
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Deon Fourie
6. Siya Kolisi
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Brok Harris
2. Tiaan Liebenberg
1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves:
16. Martin Bezuidenhout
17. Chris Heiberg (DHL Stormers and Super Rugby debut)
18. Gerbrandt Grobler
19. Don Armand
20. Dewaldt Duvenage
21. Gary van Aswegen
22. Gerhard van den Heever

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

Robin S, Sybil, Ce Ce Peniston live in concert at Carnival City – Wed 3 July 2013

Ballet Magnificat + Glenn Roberston Jazz band Sat 25 May Hugo Lambrecht Auditorium Parow

SATURDAY, 25 MAY

BALLET MAGNIFICAT FROM USA plus THE GLENN ROBERTSON JAZZ BAND LIVE at the HUGO LAMBRECHT AUDITORIUM IN PAROW!

Directions: Take N1; Take McIntyre off-ramp; at Robot turn right into McIntyre Road; cross over Voortrekker Road traffic lights; 30m from traffic on left hand side is HUGO LAMBRECHT AUDITORIUM – it is opposite the well-known LIFESTYLE linen factory.

Time: 6pm (doors closes 5.55pm)

Tickets: R100pp (children under 12yrs – R50pp)

Refreshments on sale: Tea/Coffee R10; Wine per glass: R15; Cupcakes R5; Juice: R10

Call Petro Schoeman 021674 5761 to book NOW! Tickets are flying. RESERVED SEATING (see photograph for seating plan)

About Ballet Magnificat!

Ballet Magnificat! was founded in 1986. Magnificat is Latin for “to magnify Him”. Our professional touring companies have performed nationally and internationally to audiences in the United States as well as Czech Republic, Canada, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Singapore, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, Greece, France, Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, Israel, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Korea, Philippines, and China.

They will be ending their current world-tour in Cape Town this Saturday. Ballet Magnificat! School of the Arts was established in 1989 and presently has 300 students enrolled. The Summer Dance Intensive and Teachers Workshop, which attracts dancers and teachers nationally and internationally, was first held that same year. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, Ballet Magnificat! features dancers and teachers who share our vision to pursue excellence in the arts.

Jason Reolon Trio at the Crypt -Friday 24th May 2013

The Jason Reolon Trio
performs live at
The Crypt
This Friday 24 May 2013Performing a combination of originals and funky standards.
8pm – 11pm

Jason Reolon – piano
Wesley Rustin – bass
Heinrich Goosen – drums

www.jasonreolon.com

The Crypt Jazz Restaurant
http://www.thecryptjazz.com
Bookings essential – call 079 683 4658 or e-mail info
Address: 1 Wale Street, Cape Town
Live music – 20h00 to 23h00
Fantastic Dinner Menu

Crusaders team to play the Chiefs named

The Crusaders head to Waikato Stadium this weekend to face the Super Rugby title holders, the Chiefs. Head Coach Todd Blackadder has announced the team to play the Chiefs with five changes to the team that bet the Blues in Christchurch last weekend.

Hooker Codie Taylor makes the starting fifteen with Corey Flynn out with a hamstring injury. Israel Dagg returns to fullback moving Tom Taylor into the number 12 jersey and Ryan Crotty to Centre while Robbie Fruean moves to the bench. Winger Telusa Veianu also takes his place on the bench.

The game takes place Friday 24 May at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton. Kick-off is at 7:35pm local time

Crusaders team to play the Chiefs:

1. Wyatt Crockett 9. Andy Ellis Reserves
2. Codie Taylor 10. Dan Carter 16. Ben Funnell/Laurence Corlett
3. Owen Franks 11. Zac Guildford 17. Joe Moody
4. Luke Romano 12. Tom Taylor 18. Dominic Bird
5. Sam Whitelock 13. Ryan Crotty 19. Luke Whitelock
6. George Whitelock 14. Tom Marshall 20. Willi Heinz
7. Matt Todd 15. Israel Dagg 21. Robbie Fruean
8. Kieran Read (c) 22. Telusa Veianu
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