Sydney Cricket Ground was filled with emotional scenes as players from New South Wales Waratahs & Crusaders formed a huddle ahead Super Rugby game on Saturday to tribute victims of mosque shootings in Christchurch.
The first game played by the most prestigious sports team for Christchurch – Crusaders – since events that killed 50 people last week.
Players of Crusaders wore white armbands with word united in addition to date of attack besides Scott Robertson & Daryl Gibson – two opposing coaches – who are former players for Canterbury stood together.
“It was pretty special. It was great to be beside Gibbo who was a proud Crusader in his day and a local boy. We never got to do it last week and saw a lot of other teams do it”
Crusaders didn’t lose since March last year with a winning streak of 19-matches that they were declared champions of Super Rugby for the the ninth time which indicates that shooting event had affected players.
20-12 victory was first win of Waratahs against Crusaders since 2015 in a game which witnessed Israel Folau, Australian international score his 59th Super Rugby to equal record of Doug Howlett.
Jed Holloway & Cameron Clark crossed for home side the time five points were contributed by Bernard Foley with the boot.
George Bridge replied for Crusaders before halftime. However, score of Jordan with time on clock up proved little late for visitors.
“We were really desperate to play well and represent our people and show how much we care. You can see how hard we worked but we dropped enough ball for the whole season out there. It was a tough week, but we’re Crusaders, we don’t make excuses. We just needed to be better in a lot of parts of the game tonight. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to express their views on our name and brand”