9 Mar 2014

Crusaders score first win of season

6:09 pm on 9 March 2014

The Crusaders grabbed their first win of the season in Christchurch on Saturday night with a one-point win over South African side the Stormers.

The seven-time champions won the match 14-13, after the Stormers had led 13-3 midway through the second half.

But the Crusaders, who lost their two opening matches, eventually breached the Stormers line with 10 minutes remaining as replacement centre Kieron Fonotia powered into the corner to score.

First-five Tom Taylor kicked three penalties for the home side.

In Perth the Western Force also enjoyed their first win of the season with a surprise 32-7 win over the Melbourne Rebels.