Crusaders back Braydon Ennor helped put a stop to two streaks in one night after putting down a streaker mid-match before ending the Blues’ winning run.
The match between the Crusaders and the Blues had been billed all week as the long-awaited reignition of an intense rivalry that stretches back in provincial rugby for more than a century with both teams unbeaten in the New Zealand-only competition.
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The near sell-out crowd were not disappointed with the game played at near Test-match intensity with the Blues creating immense early pressure.
But the game made headlines when in the 55th minute a streaker entered the field.
Sky TV followed its policy and did no air the incident, but a radio host on Gold AM said the bulking back, who sits just under 100kg, had ‘taken out’ the streaker.
“Oh, wow. A streaker has just been taken out by Braydon Ennor,” commentator Brian Ashby said on Gold AM.
“He’s making a real nuisance of himself this guy. This guys just doesn’t want to go. He’s holding up the game but was cleaned out well by Ennor. Good job.
“That is stupid, really stupid of him,” commentator Lesley Murdoch said. “Really crazy stuff.”
The streaker was labelled as potentially the first streaker in sport since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Crusaders win thriller
The Crusaders saw off an intense challenge from the Blues in a furious final quarter to complete a 26-15 victory in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Christchurch on Saturday.
The home side have now won all four of their Super Rugby Aotearoa matches and ended the Blues' seven-game winning streak across both Super Rugby and the local competition.
The Crusaders seemed to be sparked into a furious response when centre Braydon Ennor charged down an attempted conversion by Otere Black of a controversial Rieko Ioane try.
Ioane crossed in the 55th-minute when his side took a quick tap penalty following an attacking scrum that appeared to have been wrongly awarded by referee Paul Williams.
Richie Mo'unga then took a quick restart and gathered the ball which resulted in the Crusaders storming back, with halfback Mitchell Drummond crossing to give the home side a 16-15 lead, their first of the game.
Mo'unga added his fourth penalty and then Will Jordan scored his fifth try in the last three games to maintain their four-year winning streak at in Christchurch.