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Watch: Joe Moody Elbows Kurtley Beale Flush In The Face And Then Scores

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Things were looking pretty disastrous for the Crusaders in Christchurch this morning as at one stage in the first half they were 29-0 down against the Waratahs until Joe Moody’s 35th minute try sparked a comeback for the home side. 

Tries from Cameron Clark, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Israel Folau and Curtis Rona in the opening 28 minutes gave hope that the Waratahs would break the long losing record of Australian sides against their New Zealand counterparts but a second-half collapse meant that Crusaders emerged 31-29 winners.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow for the Sydney-based side and they will feel hard done by especially when they look back at the build-up to the Crusaders’ opening try through Moody.

As Michael Alaalatoa pops the ball to Richie Mo’unga, you can see Moody charge at Kurtley Beale as he elbows the Wallaby star right in the face. Beale falls to the deck and then to add salt to the wound, Moody is on the receiving pass from Mo’unga to run the ball in under the posts.

We find it very difficult to understand how this wasn’t picked up by the officials and the try subsequently disallowed.

Check it out below for yourself.

Here’s a closer view.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter