Mo'unga masterclass steers Crusaders to mammoth win over Reds

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22 May 2021
Mo'unga masterclass steers Crusaders to mammoth win over Reds

Richie Mo'unga scored 31 points, including a hat-trick of tries, as the Crusaders thrashed the Reds 63-28 in a Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash at Suncorp stadium in Brisbane.

The Kiwi outfit scored nine tries in total in a dominant display to make it two wins from two in this year's tournament.

Flyhalf Mo'unga started the rout with a try in the sixth minute which was followed by further five-pointers for wing Sevu Reece and eighthman Cullen Grace.

Mo'unga then went over for his second try of the game with the All Blacks flyhalf converting all four tries in what was quickly turning into a one-sided affair.

The shell-shocked home team pulled a try back four minutes from the halftime break when scrumhalf Tate McDermott went over under the poles after quick tap penalty as the Reds went into the dressing room 28-7 behind.

The Crusaders quickly found their gear after the interval as Reece scored in the right-hand corner after gathering and dotting down from a David Havili cross-kick.

Mo'unga completed his hat-trick of five-pointers in the 55th minute when he broke through a leaky Reds defence and held off a tackler.

Juts four minutes later, the the Crusaders extended their lead when they were awarded a penalty try after referee Mike Fraser adjudged the Reds to have collapsed a powerful maul close to the tryline.

Replacement forward Harry Hoopert also received a yellow card for the infringement which compounded a miserable match for the home team.

The Reds though showed some fight and scored two tries in the space of four minutes playing with 14 men as Harry Wilson streaked down the left-hand touchline to score and wing Suliasi Vunivalu also going over.

The kickers, Mo'unga and the Reds' James O'Connor, kept up their perfect record from the tee as the score read 49-21 after 66 minutes.

The Crusaders then once and for all put the game to bed with another two tries as replacement forward Tamaiti Williams and captain Codie Taylor went over for five-pointers as the Crusaders went past the 60-point mark.

The Reds got a consolation score on the fulltime whistle following a yellow card to Crusaders fullback Will Jordan as hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa went over but it could not stop the Kiwi side walking away with a big win.

Reds - Tries: McDermott, Wilson, Vunivalu, Paenga-Amosa Conversions: O'Connor (4) Yellow card: Hoopert

Crusaders - Tries: Mo'unga (3), Reece (2), Grace, Penalty Try, Williams, Taylor Conversions: Mo'unga (8) Yellow card: Jordan

Reds (15-1): Bryce Hegarty, Suliasi Vunivalu, Hunter Paisami, Hamish Stewart, Jock Campbell, James O'Connor (co-c), Tate McDermott, Harry Wilson, Fraser McReight, Liam Wright (co-c), Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Ryan Smith, Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Dane Zander
Replacements: Alex Mafi, Harry Hoopert, Feao Fotuaika, Seru Uru, Angus Scott-Young, Kalani Thomas, Isaac Henry, Filipo Daugunu

Crusaders (15-1): Will Jordan, Sevu Reece, Braydon Ennor, David Havili, Leicester Fainga'anuku, Richie Mo'unga, Mitchell Drummond, Cullen Grace, Ethan Blackadder, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Sam Whitelock, Mitchell Dunshea, Oliver Jager, Codie Taylor (c), George Bower
Replacements: Brodie McAlister, Tamaiti Williams, Michael Alaalatoa, Quinten Strange, Sione Havili Talitui, Bryn Hall, Dallas McLeod, Manasa Mataele

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Damon Murphy & Jordan Way
TMO: Brett Coman