Chiefs punish wasteful Crusaders

Replacement back James Lowe scored a last-gasp try in his debut Super Rugby match for the Chiefs to secure the double-defending champions an 18-10 win over an errant Crusaders side in Christchurch on Friday.

The 21-year-old off-season recruit sprinted 60 metres down the right try-line after intercepting a pass to sink the Crusaders' hopes after the home side pulled within a point courtesy of a penalty from Tom Taylor.

Double-defending champions the Chiefs started their Super Rugby season with victory against an errant Crusaders side. Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images. Credit: Getty Images

The Crusaders were left ruing seven missed penalty kicks, five from Tyler Bleyendaal in the first half and two further sprays from Taylor in the second.

Ex-Crusader Robbie Fruean, playing outside centre, punished his former team, breaking three tackles and feigning a pass inside before crossing in the corner for the opening score at the 10-minute mark as the Chiefs took an 8-0 lead at half-time.

Lock Sam Whitelock barged over for the line early in the second half to put the Crusaders within reach, but the Chiefs held on to win the re-match of the teams' hard-fought semi-final last year. – Reuters

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