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Crusaders go top of Super Rugby with come-from-behind victory at Blues

Published 28/05/2016

Nemani Nadolo scored the first try of the game
Nemani Nadolo scored the first try of the game

The Crusaders came from behind to beat the Blues 26-21 in Auckland on Saturday to go top of the Super Rugby standings.

Nemani Nadolo opened the scoring for the visitors with a try in the corner which Richie Mo'unga converted, but it was 8-7 to Blues when Ihaia West went over and then scored a penalty.

Mo'unga's penalty edged the Crusaders back in front, only for a George Moala try and West conversion to make it 15-10 to the hosts at half-time.

An early second-half penalty from Mo'unga offered the Crusaders hope, and, after another West penalty the visitors took a 20-18 lead through a superb try from Andy Ellis in his 150th Super Rugby match.

Another two Mo'unga penalties extended the Crusaders' advantage to 26-18, with a late Piers Francis penalty mere consolation for the Blues.

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