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The CA Technologies Brumbies have been soundly beaten by the Crusaders in Nelson, with Cantabrian winger Sean Maitland scoring a record-equalling four tries in the 52-10 loss.
Having been competitive throughout the entire first-half and going into the sheds just nine points down, the CA Technologies Brumbies were outplayed in the second-half with the Crusaders piling on 33 unanswered points.
Again discipline was a major issue for the CA Technologies Brumbies, particularly in the first-half, with Dan Carter slotting four penalties before the break.
Adding to the negatives for the CA Technologies Brumbies is a possible fractured cheek to Mitch Chapman which will be assessed at Nelson hospital on Friday night.
Positives for the CA Technologies Brumbies came through the front row, which was outstanding against one of the best packs in the competition and also from Pat McCabe who tried hard all night.
Despite coughing up possession on several occasions in the opening minutes, the CA Technologies Brumbies took an early lead with a try to skipper Matt Giteau.
Claiming the ball against the flow of play after a huge hit from Colby Faingaa, Giteau swooped in to run 30 meters and score. With the conversion going over the CA Technologies Brumbies grabbed an early lead but weren’t able to hold the advantage for more than 20 minutes.
Another penalty to Giteau before half time kept the CA Technologies Brumbies in the match at half-time with the score 19-10, but that was the last time the ACT team troubled the scoreboard attendants.
Maitland’s four tries have projected him into the record books alongside CA Technologies Brumbies great Joe Roff and NSW Waratahs winger Drew Mitchell.
Each of his four tries was the result of quality running play by the Crusaders backs that was able to turn the CA Technologies Brumbies defence on its heals.
Maitland’s two open-play tries in the first-half mirrored his two in the second, with Sonny Bill Williams and Israel Dagg also chiming in to grab five pointers before full-time.
Carter had another special night with the boot, kicking his team four conversions to add to the four penalties for a total of 20 points.
The CA Technologies Brumbies now head into a bye week before facing the Waratahs at Canberra Stadium in Week Six.
Crusaders 52 (S Maitland 4, SB Williams 1, Dagg 1 tries; D Carter 4 pens, 4 cons; Berquist 1 con) bt CA Technologies Brumbies 10 (M Giteau 1 try, 1 pen, 1 con). Crowd: 10,500. Referee: Garratt Williamson.
CA Technologies Brumbies
1. Ben Alexander
2. Steve Moore (replaced by Huia Edmonds)
3. Dan Palmer (replaced by Salesi Ma’afu)
4. Ben Hand
5. Mark Chisholm
6. Mitch Chapman (replaced by Julian Salvi)
7. Colby Faingaa
8. Ita Vaea (replaced by Peter Kimlin)
9. Josh Valentine (replaced by Patrick Phibbs)
10. Matt Giteau ©
11. Francis Fainifo
12. Robbie Coleman (replaced by Christian Lealiifano)
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
14. Henry Speight (replaced by Matt Toomua)
15. Pat McCabe
16. Huia Edmonds
17. Salesi Ma'afu
18. Peter Kimlin
19. Julian Salvi
20. Patrick Phibbs
21. Matt Toomua
22. Christian Lealiifano