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80 That is that. Owen Franks was the man to knock-on and that proved to be the last act in Napier. The Chiefs celebrate and rightly so as they have firmly put their season-opening defeat behind them by scoring back-to-back wins in Super Rugby 2012. Thanks for following this contest. Next up we have Western Force against the Hurricanes!
79 Crusaders ball via a driving maul fifteen metres from glory. What a game at McLean Park. Can the Crusaders snatch a late win or will the Chiefs hold on?
77 CRUDEN PENALTY! 19-24! What a passage! Cruden punishes Bleyendaal for a ruck offence and then Read almost intercepts Robinson's pass on the Chiefs 22. He was so close to recollecting possession was the number eight and would have been in under the uprights. A matter of inches for the diving Read as we approach the final two minutes.
75 More good work from the Chiefs as they look to close this one out with tight-phase play before Kahui goes wide to SBW, who attempts one of those offloads.
74 They have territory to hold on as Cruden and Elliot look for work 30 out from the Saders line. But that is great work at ruck time from Sam Whitelock and the hosts have a relieving penalty. Here we go then...chances will be few and far between from here on in.
69 But now Guildford is the man who feels the full force of a tackler as Tikoirotuma smashes his opposite wing from Kerr-Barlow's box kick. What a big moment in the Chiefs' season here as they have just over ten minutes to see this one out in Napier.
67 Excellent kick for territory from Maitland as he finds a lot of real estate behind Tikoirotuma. That sees replacement hooker Hika Elliot throwing in in a line-out that sees Kerr-Barlow get flattened by the onrushing Crusaders. Tough day for the number nine.
64 Almost had four Whitelocks on the pitch then but the Luke's arrival leads to George going off. All of them were on in pre-season, one day we'll see it in Super Rugby.
63 BLEYENDAAL PENALTY! 19-21! Tikoirotuma has just knocked-on and then committed an offence on the ground that will allow Bleyendaal to further cut the lead from bang in front. This should make it 19-21 with plenty of time left in Napier...that it is.
61 BLEYENDAAL PENALTY! 16-21! Messam has just been penalised for hands in a ruck and that leads to Bleyendaal lining one up from about 45 metres out. Big kick for the youngster..nice strike and that leads to the impressive Tameifuna being replaced.
58 The conversion is missed from Cruden.
57 TAUMALOLO TRY! 13-21! What gift from the Crusaders. Ellis has just attempted a quick drop-out from his 22 and the Chiefs have taken the present with pleasure. They went left from the scrum and then a couple of picks saw Taumalolo squeeze over wide out.
56 Just short from the fly-half.
54 Crusaders make changes with Sam Whitelock and Wyatt Crockett coming on for Tom Donnelly and Ben Franks. Home ball on halfway, which leads to a Chiefs penalty after the Saders go off their feet. Now then, will Cruden have the legs to make this shot at goal?
53 Something is building here for the Crusaders as Flynn throws on the 22 and then loops around to carry on the charge. This is a big moment in defence for the Chiefs as they look to weather this barrage of possession and territory from the men from Christchurch.
50 BLEYENDAAL CONVERSION! 13-16! Lead is three.
49 FREUAN TRY! 11-16! The pressure finally tells in Napier. Hats off to coach Todd Blackadder as the Crusaders have come out a different side in this second period. It came from a lovely offload from Read which allowed the centre a clean run to the line.
47 Back came the Crusaders with Dagg starting to grow more and more into the game. Unfortunately for him though, they lose possession and the Chiefs are waiting to put-in and hoping to clear their lines. Oh dear, comical errors lead to an ominous Saders attack.
45 Unlucky from the Chiefs now as they do well to spot space on the blindside from their own 22 and quickly set about exploiting it via Cruden and company. However, they lose possession as Kahui is a victim of the greasy ball on halfway. Crusaders to make him pay?
43 Kerr-Barlow will put-in 30 metres from his own line and the Chiefs look to go wide from here before putting the ball up in the air. All of which leads to Crusaders ball and Ellis looping round..but a knock-on from Bleyendaal foils that one. Frustrating for him.
Second-half Welcome back to the action from McLean Park with the Crusaders having it all to do if they want to avoid early back-to-back defeats in Super Rugby 2012.
40 So close from the Crusaders as Flynn goes painfully close on the right wing. He is bundled into touch by Kerr-Barlow though and so the Chiefs go in at the break with that ten-point lead intact. Another top half of Super Rugby from New Zealand...don't go anywhere!
39 Half-time nears in Napier as the Chiefs continue to press the territory. Subsequently, Bleyendaal is forced to kick long and all of that results in a Crusaders line-out on halfway as time ticks on. Last chance for the hosts to cut down this lead late on.
38 CRUDEN PENALTY! 6-16! The lead is back to ten points as, after another scrum penalty goes against the Crusaders, the lively fly-half makes no mistake.
35 BLEYENDAAL PENALTY! 6-13! Seven-point lead.
33 The best passage of the game so far for sure. End-to-end stuff as the Chiefs get over the line but spill it and then Ellis sparks a break-out that saw Guildford heavily involved. Then it was a red-faced moment for Williams as he tried to grubber out from his own 22. What was he thinking? All of which results in the Chiefs coming offside. It is kickable.
31 It's Ellis again, this time he snaffles the ball off the back of a Chiefs scrum and scoots over in the corner. But he is pulled back for being offside. Harsh? Maybe.
30 Superb from Andy Ellis as he spotted space down the blindside off a scrum on halfway. He raced down the touchline before handing off to Read, but the number eight can't hold that one and the chance goes begging. Top stuff from All Black scrum-half Ellis though.
29 Territory is 71 per cent in favour of the Chiefs.
28 CRUDEN CONVERSION! 3-13! Great kick from wide out.
27 MESSAM TRY! 3-11! A deserved score for the Chiefs after good work from Taumalolo and then the co-captain, who crosses wide out thanks to a powerful charge.
25 Sonny Bill Williams is making life difficult for Crusaders fly-half Bleyendaal as he brushes him off once again on halfway. All of which leads to the Chiefs throwing in about 25 metres out from the home line. I would love to see a territory statistic right now.
22 CRUDEN PENALTY! 3-6! This time he finds his range. It came from Dagg making a no-arms tackle on Robbie Robinson, which was close to getting him yellow.
20 That is just obvious from Read as he clearly comes around the wrong side of a driving maul and is penalised from Williamson. Up steps Cruden from wide out, which is a strange call seeing as they are clearly on top. He hits the upright! What a waste.
18 Territory is with the Chiefs and they have themselves the line-out too from about 15 out from the line. Not just yet though as Read is down receiving some attention.
16 Almost a moment to savour for 135kg prop Ben Tameifuna as he powers toward the line before having the ball reefed out of his grasp five metres out. Chance for another scrum though to make amends..but this time Arizona Taumalolo is penalised for dropping it.
13 A real boost for the Chiefs forward pack as they win themselves a penalty after two solid scrums on the Crusaders 22. Up steps Cruden...oh dear, he misses. Shocker.
11 What about this from Sonny Bill Williams?! He has just bust through the Crusaders' midfield on halfway, taking his new side up to the home 22. However, a fumble at the resulting phase leads to a 'Saders scrummage. Impressive from the All Black centre.
9 BLEYENDAAL PENALTY! 3-3! This time he makes it.
8 That is a dirty effort from the youngster as he misses horribly. But back come the Crusaders again through Kieran Read on the 22. And low and behold, there is a second chance for Bleyendaal after a Chief is caught on the wrong side of a ruck. Here comes the tee.
6 Craig Clarke is caught offside though and that has led to an opportunity for Tyler Bleyendaal to level matters from about 40 metres out, bang in front. Here we go.
4 Great opening from the Chiefs as they look to kick on from last week, this time it is Asaeli Tikoirotuma causing a stir down the right wing. He took them up to halfway before being tackled into touch, but it is still encouraging signs for the visitors from Waikato.
2 CRUDEN PENALTY! 0-3! No mistake from Cruden.
Kick-off Referee Garratt Williamson blows the first whistle and we are away in Napier with Aaron Cruden putting it up for his chasers. Good start from the Chiefs too as the Crusaders defence seems far too deep early on. In fact that leads to the hosts infringing.
Team news The Chiefs will field the same side that swept aside the Blues last weekend, while the Crusaders have made a few changes following their loss to the Highlanders. World Cup-winning front-rowers Owen Franks and Corey Flynn start for the first time this season, while Luke Romano comes into the second row in place of Sam Whitelock. In the backs, Zac Guildford gets the nod at wing with Sean Maitland shifting to 15 in place of Tom Marshall.
Welcome! Hello and welcome to McLean Park for this Round Three Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and the Chiefs! This is the Chiefs' first away game of the season, and while it is a home game for the Crusaders, being in Napier means it is not quite the same for them as playing in Christchurch.
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