Colin Cooper’s men remain winless in 2019, with this weekend’s emphatic loss at Christchurch Stadium following up a shock reverse at the hands of the Sunwolves last time out.
Will Jordan and Codie Taylor each crossed twice for the Crusaders, while there were also tries for five other home players as the reigning champions extended their sensational winning streak to 19 matches.
“[He’s] sprained his ankle. How bad, we will find out tomorrow [Sunday],” head coach Scott Robertson was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
Reflecting on his side’s record of four losses from as many matches this year, Chiefs coach Cooper said: “It’s tough times. But it’s a tough competition. We just have to really keep together.”
Ioane became only the fourth Blues player to score four tries in a game as the Auckland franchise claimed a much-needed first victory of the campaign, beating the Sunwolves 28-20.
— The Blues (@BluesRugbyTeam) March 9, 2019
On a pitch that broke up alarmingly at scrum time, the Tahs moved ahead in the seventh minute and retained their lead for the rest of the contest despite both teams scoring three tries apiece.
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