5 Apr 2015

Crusaders maul toothless Sharks

12:58 pm on 5 April 2015

The Crusaders have thrashed South Africa's Sharks 52-10 in an ill-tempered clash at King's Park in Durban, to move into Super Rugby's playoff places.

Despite the vistors being reduced to 12 players at one stage in the first half after three yellow cards in as many minutes, a red card to Sharks flanker Jan Deysel opened the floodgates for the Crusaders who finished with eight tries.

Coach Todd Blackadder says he's dissapointed with his team's lack of discapline following the sin binnings of prop Nepo Laulala, centre Kieron Fonotia and winger Nemani Nadolo.

Nemani Nadolo in full flight for the Crusaders

Nemani Nadolo was among those Crusaders players sin-binned in Durban Photo: Photosport

Deysel now has a date with the judiciary after he was sent off just before the break for putting his knee into the head of a Crusaders player with his side trailing 28-3.

The visitors scored two tries inside the first four minutes to halfback Andy Ellis and fullback Israel Dagg before Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty, Colin Slade, David Kaetau Havili, Matt Todd and Tom Taylor also crossed the line.

Slade converted five of those and Taylor his own score.

The Sharks were never in the game, their lack of bite resulting in consecutive home losses, with their only try coming from winger Odwa Ndungane.

That was converted by replacement first five Fred Zeilinga, while the man he replaced, Pat Lambie, booted a penalty.

The Crusaders narrowly missed out on creating unwanted history for the home side with their 42-point victory.

The margin was one short of the Sharks' record loss in Super Rugby, which was a 77-34 mauling by the Crusaders in 2005.

The Crusaders are now sixth on the competition ladder while the Australian conference leaders the ACT Brumbies remain second following their 20-3 home win over the Cheetahs.

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