Bulls v Crusaders - Live

Last updated: 7th April 2012  

Full Timefull-time Bulls 32 Crusaders 30

80 The Crusaders go on the attack close to the halfway mark and when the ball comes out to Willie Heinz...he drops it! The Bulls gain possession and Jano Vermaak boots the ball into touch! This is the final act of the match and Bulls fans breath a huge sigh of relief and start celebrating their win! The Crusaders gave it their all but in the end it wasn't enough. They will be happy with their effort though as they come away with a bonus point for losing by less than seven points.

Conversion80 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 32-30. Carter adds the two pointer which means we're in for an exciting finish!

TRY80 TRY, CRUSADERS, MARSHALL! 32-28. Tom Marshall sells the Bulls' defence a dummy before racing away to score next to the uprights!

78 Tom Taylor scores but his effort is disallowed when the touch judge points out that Carter committed an obstruction in the build up.

76 Steyn has a chance to extend his team's lead after the Crusaders are pinned for obstruction at the kick off but his kick sails wide of the upright.

Conversion74 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 32-23. Carter wastes little time in adding the extra points.

TRY73 TRY, CRUSADERS, GUILDFORD! 32-21. Zac Guildford scores under the posts after running onto a pop pass from Carter close to the Bulls' try-line.

Conversion71 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 32-16. Steyn adds another two points which means the Crusaders have a huge deficit to wipe out.

TRY70 TRY, BULLS, OLIVIER! 30-16. Wynand Olivier capitalises on an error by Dagg, who tries to hoof the ball into the crowd after Steyn puts in a chip kick behind the Crusaders' back-line. Dagg completely misses the kick and Olivier dives on the loose ball!

67 The Bulls are ramapant and take the ball through several phases until they are stopped inside the Crusaders' 22. They have a great opportunity to score points though as they have an attacking scrum.

64 Carter is back on the kicking beat but misses a chance to narrow the gap when he pushes his kick past the upright.

Penalty61 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 25-16. Steyn adds another three points after the Crusaders are pinned for going offside at a ruck.

60 Kirchner puts the Bulls on the front-foot with a 45 metre clearance kick which goes into touch inside the Crusaders' 22.

58 The Crusaders win turnover ball after the Bulls are held up while in possession at a maul inside the visitors' half.

Penalty56 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 22-16. Steyn makes up for his earlier miss after Read is pinned for an indiscretion at a ruck.

54 Steyn has just missed a penalty! This after Ben Franks is penalised for infringing at a ruck.

50 Akona Ndungane tries to get a pass away to Flip van der Merwe close to the touchline, but the big lock misreads the pass and the ball rolls into touch.

Penalty48 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 19-16. Tom Taylor has taken over the goal-kicking duties and strikes back with another penalty after the Bulls infringe at a scrum.

Conversion45 CONVERSION, BULLS, STEYN! 19-13. Steyn extends his team's lead with the two-pointer.

TRY44 TRY, BULLS, GREYLING! 17-13. Dean Greyling sells Dagg an outrageous dummy before racing away to dot down. What a try!

Penalty43 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 12-13. Steyn narrows the gap to a point after Andy Ellis is penalised for putting his hands in at a scrum.

41 Zane Kirchner and Ryan Crotty leave the field with blood streaming down their faces after a clash of heads. Kirchner is replaced by JJ Engelbrecht and Tom Taylor comes on for Crotty.

40 Morne Steyn gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Sam Whitelock who sets up a ruck. The ball comes out to Dagg who boots it upfield.

Half-time Bulls 9 Crusaders 13

Penalty40 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 9-13. Steyn adds the extras after Luke Romano is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Referee Jaco Peyper blows his whistle to end the half and despite conceding that last three-pointer, the Crusaders will be happy with their effort. The men from Christchurch have dominated in most facets of play and that reflects on the scoreboard. However, a real area of concern for the hosts' is their play at the breakdown where they have lost several turnovers.

38 Carter makes a mini break inside the Bulls' half but is brought to ground by Juandre Kruger and Zane Kirchner.

35 The Bulls do well to win a ball inside their own 22 after great counter-rucking. The ball comes to Steyn who kicks it into touch close to the halfway line.

32 The Crusaders show great patience as they take the ball across the width of the field and set up several phases. They are soon inside the Bulls' half but a pass from Matt Todd to George Whitelock goes forward.

28 Carter has a chance to add to his side's lead after the Bulls are pinned for a flying-wedge after bringing the ball down from a line-out. The pivot misses his kick, however.

Drop Goal25 DROP GOAL, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 6-13. Carter slots a snap kick from about thirty metres out which catches the Bulls unawares.

Penalty23 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 6-10. Steyn narrows the gap after Andy Ellis impeded Zane Kirchner while the full-back was chasing a high ball.

20 Zac Guildford puts his team on the front-foot with a grubber kick which rolls into touch inside the Bulls' 22.

Penalty18 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 3-10. Morne Steyn scores the Bulls' first points from just inside the Crusaders' half after the visitors are pinned for going off their feet at a ruck.

16 The Bulls try to fight back and are soon close to the Crusaders' try-line. However, they lose possession when they are held up after taking the ball into contact.

Penalty14 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 0-10. Carter slots the spot kick from a difficult angle to extend the visitors' lead.

12 Israel Dagg makes a devestating break from inside his half before offloading to Sean Maitland who is stopped inside the Bulls 22. The ball is recycled but the hosts are soon penalised for an infringement at a ruck.

Conversion9 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 0-7. Carter adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead.

TRY8 TRY, CRUSADERS, READ! 0-5. Kieran Read scores after running a brilliant angle from an Andy Ellis pass before dotting down.

7 The Bulls go on the attack from a line-out and Wynand Olivier takes the ball into contact close to the halfway line. After a tackle by Ryan Crotty, Olivier is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.

5 Dan Carter takes a shot at goal after the Bulls are penalised for being offside. However, the All Blacks fly-half pushes his kick wide of the uprights.

2 The Crusaders attack from the scrum and the ball comes to Robbie Fruean who throws a wild pass into touch on the Bulls' 22 metre line.

Kick-off Dan Carter gets the match started with a deep hanging kick. Flip van der Merwe and Zane Kirchner collide as they both go for the ball and Van der Merwe knocks on.

Team News The Crusaders have made just one change to their starting line-up with Ryan Crotty replacing Tom Taylor at inside centre. Taylor's demotion means that All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter will be handed the kicking duties for the first time since he suffered a serious groin injury during training at last year's World Cup.

Team News The Bulls have named the same match day 22 that lost narrowly to the Stormers in Cape town last week. With Willie Wepener still unavailable, coach Frans Ludeke has once again picked Bongi Mbonambi as his back-up hooker.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria for this Super Rugby match between the hosts, the Bulls and the Crusaders. It's sure to be a memorable battle between the two most successful teams in the competition's history. The Crusaders have won the tournament on seven occasions while the Bulls have three titles in their trophy cabinet.

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