Super Rugby champs fall in Ireland

February 4, 2024 8:10 am

[Source: Crusaders/ Facebook]

Defending Super Rugby Pacific champions, the Crusaders, suffered its first loss under new coach Rob Penny after going down 21-19 to Munster in Dublin this morning.

Over 40,000 fans witnessed the ‘Clash of the Champions’.

The Crusaders, playing their first pre-season game as part of their first European tour, defended well.

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Replacement first five-eighth Rivez Reihana had the chance to earn the visitors a draw, but his wide conversion attempt of substitute lock Jamie Hannah’s try in the 82nd minute, drifted wide of the left-hand upright.

Gavin Coombes scored a double for Munster with Scott Buckley adding another while Mitchell Drummond, Dallas McLeod and Hannah crossed for the Crusaders.

Crusaders will take on Kalaveti Ravouvou’s Bristol Bears next week.