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Canterbury Crusaders Suffer Third Straight Super Rugby Defeat

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Lautoka, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 9th Mar, 2024) – In a surprising turn of events, the Canterbury Crusaders were handed a 20-10 defeat by the Fijian Drua on Saturday, marking their worst start to a Super Rugby season. Meanwhile, the Wellington Hurricanes maintained their unbeaten record with a victory over the Auckland Blues.

The seven-time defending champions, the Crusaders, suffered their third consecutive loss under new head coach Rob Penney. This defeat marks only the second time in their history, since the inaugural season in 1996, that they have lost their opening three games.

Captain Scott Barrett attributed the loss to the damp conditions in Fiji, which affected their performance despite initially leading 10-0. Barrett expressed disappointment in their execution of the game plan, stating, “We weren’t as sharp and clinical as we would have hoped.”

The pressure mounts on Penney, who succeeded Scott Robertson as head coach. Robertson departed to coach the New Zealand All Blacks after leading the Crusaders to seven consecutive titles.

The match saw the Crusaders’ Fijian winger, Sevu Reece, scoring an early try, but the Drua leveled the score at 10-10 by halftime. A try from Fiji insider Frank Lomani early in the second half secured the victory for the home side.

In another fixture, the Hurricanes secured a 29-21 win over the Blues, with winger Josh Moorby contributing two tries. Despite the loss, the Blues remain unbeaten in the Super Rugby Pacific season.

Elsewhere, the Western Force suffered a 22-19 defeat to the ACT Brumbies in Canberra, leaving them winless alongside the Crusaders in the early stages of the competition. The Brumbies staged a remarkable comeback after trailing 14-0, securing their second win of the season.

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