Fullback Will Jordan made two attempts with winger Sevu Rees to lift the Crusaders to an 18–13 win over the Chiefs on Sunday in a rain-soaked match at Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Jordan touched once in every half for the Crusaders, with slippery conditions preventing both of them from controlling possession or playing with structure or flow.
His efforts kept the Christchurch-based Crusaders unbeaten in New Zealand’s professional tournament after two matches and extended their unbeaten record to 46 matches at home.
The Crusaders’ offensive defense opened up in a match that had few clear scoring opportunities and none that resulted in a solid build.
In the 33rd minute the Chiefs and All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie failed to hold onto a high kick in the slippery position and Reece quickly collected the ball and reached to Jordan who scored the goal.
Then, in the 46th minute, Reece took a nap with a quick lineout to the main line and threw the ball straight to Jordan, who scored an untouched run. The score was controversial as Chief Scrumford Brad Weber was in talks with the referee and was in no position to stop the try.
It looked like the Crusaders had secured the game in the 63rd minute with penalty fly fly Richie Mounga taking the lead to 15 points, meaning the Chiefs had to score three times to win. But the Chiefs quickly rebounded in an attempt to woo Sean Venui and, when McKenzie added a penalty in the 69th minute, the margin was just five points.
With the ball proving to be almost impossible to handle, the Crusaders were not able to lock the mains inside their own half in the last 10 minutes. The chiefs ransacked and launched a threatening late raid on the Crusaders line which was then conducted by the defense, leading to a significant business.
Crusaders captain Cody Taylor is said that, “The forecast was for rain and we knew it was the best defenseman and would put pressure in the opposing half.”
“A fella is play just like play the Will Jordan style non-stop on her toes and just wants to join. It is not good that see people backing their skills in situations like this match and when a team like the Chief comes in front other team. “