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|Home team||Away Team|
|31 - 24||
full-time Crusaders 31 Stormers 24
80 PENALTY, STORMERS, GRANT! 31-24. Peter Grant adds the extras and the final whistle goes. It means it's the first defeat for the men from Cape Town but all credit must go to the Crusaders, especially Tom Taylor who scored all his side's points.
80 The Stormers attack fro ma scrum just inside the Crusaders' half. They set up a few phases but make little headway. The Crusaders' defence is ferocious and the Stormers are soon playing backwards. They are eventually awarded a penalty when the Crusaders fail to roll away at a ruck after De Jongh does well to gain some valuable metres into the home side's half with a mazy run.
79 The Stormers are awarded a penalty inside their 22 when the Crusaders infringe at a ruck. Pietersen puts the ball into touch close to the Crusaders' 22.
77 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 31-21. Taylor makes no mistake with his spot kick after Jean de Villiers goes offside at a ruck right in front of his posts.
75 There's some aerial ping pong being played between Taylor and Peter Grant. Eventually a kick from Taylor close to the Stormers' try-line is knocked on by Gerhard van den Heever and the hosts are on the attack at the resulting scrum.
71 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 28-21. The Crusaders pivot adds another three points after another Stormers infringement at a ruck.
70 For the first time in the half the Crusaders launch an attack from deep - with Dagg and Fruean looking dangerous. But a Stormers hand gets in the way and stops the move.
67 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. Taylor punishes the Stormers with his sixth penalty for a four-point lead. 25-21!
65 YELLOW CARD, STORMERS. Trouble for the Stormers now as their third lock leaves the field - this time because of a yellow card after Rynhardt Elstadt gets his shown his marching orders for a high tackle.
62 Now the Stormers' kicking game starts letting them down. And their hands are not as secure as we've seen this year either. Pressure creeping in...
59 Pietersen now with a conversion attempt to take his team into the lead for the first time in this match... it's wide! But it is a one-point game folks. 22-21!
58 TRY, STORMERS. The visitors run it back through Pietersen, who gets met in a tackle by Read but manages to get his pass away to Habana who bolts through a gap. The Stormers 15m out now and working the phases once again. Duvenage puts in a cross-field kick into open space... Habana reads it well, takes and scores!
55 The Stormers work their way upfield and after 17 phases, break into the Crusaders' 22 - De Villiers isn't held in the tackle and leopard crawls his way closer to the tryline. Wide it goes now, but the Crusaders win it back as Dagg gets rid of it with a kick into no man's land...
52 Change for the Stormers up front - Frans Malherbe comes on for Steven Kitshoff.
51 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. The Stormers hard work is undone by a silly penalty conceded by Deon Fourie who gets pinged at the tackle. Taylor lines up penalty number 5 and nails it! This bloke can't miss. 22-16!
49 The Stormers forwards put in a big shove and win a penalty after driving the Crusaders off the ball. High fives all round from the visiting pack... they enjoyed that.
48 Quick change for the Crusaders as Luke Romano comes on for Donnelly.
47 The ref is going upstairs to double check if Habana carried the ball over his tryline. The TMO confirms that he has, so the Crusaders have the 5m scrum.
46 The battle at the breakdown has become a real arm-wrestle! The Stormers looked to have turned over, but the Crusaders win it back. Ellis goes blind, and feeds Dagg who stabs a kick through ahead. The full-back gives chase, and looks to be winning the race before Habana comes out of nowhere to dot down and save the day for his team.
44 PENALTY, STORMERS. After 11 phases the Crusaders concede a penalty on their 22...not rolling away is the call.
Pietersen lines it up from bang in front and slots the penalty to narrow the gap to just three points. 19-16!
Second half Welcome back! Taylor gets the second half under way - Kolisi takes it in well and runs it back - such a strong player is Kolisi. Grant's touch-finder finds Dagg instead who hoists up a high one for Guildford to chase. The winger gets underneath it, but can't control. The ball lands into the hands of hooker Liebenberg who throws to Pietersen and the full-back clears.
Half-time CRUSADERS 19-13 STORMERS
40 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. The half-time hooter rings through Christchurch Stadium, but the Crusaders will have the last laugh in the first half after Kolisi is penalised at the ruck. Taylor adds to his impressive points tally before the teams head into the half-time sheds. Crusaders in front, but this game is far from over! See you in a few...
38 PENALTY, STORMERS. The visitors get a chance to close the gap slightly before half-time after the Crusaders are pinged at the line-out. Easy does it for Pietersen... 16-13!
35 Oh dear - the Stormers have lost another lock as Etzebeth leaves the field clutching his shoulder. Another huge blow for the South Africans. Hooker Deon Fourie comes on at flank and Rynhardt Elstadt shifts to the second row.
33 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. Taylor raises the flags once again in what has so far been a flawless night with the boot and extends his team's lead to six points. 16-10
31 Good news for the Stormers is that Grant is back on the field, bad news is that the visitors will have to watch Taylor attempt another penalty after getting blown up for offsides following another Carter break (he's causing all sorts of trouble in the midfield).
29 YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS. Siya Kolisi on a run for the Stormers but the flank gets taken high by Wyatt Crockett and goes down. The ref didn't like what he saw and gives the prop 10 minutes in the bin. Crusaders down to 14 men!
26 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. The Crusaders are quickly up to the Stormers' 22 and then force another penalty after Van den Heever is blown up for holding on. Taylor makes no mistake! He's bagged all the Crusaders points so far in this match. 13-10
23 Etzebeth putting pressure on the Crusaders' line-out but Tom Donnelly manages to take it in. The Stormers forwards swamp the former All Black and look to have turned it over... no, the Crusaders have it as Taylor thumps the ball into open space.
21 CONVERSION, STORMERS. With Grant receiving treatment off the field, Pietersen takes over the kicking duties and does very well from out wide to add the extras. 10-10!
20 TRY, STORMERS. The Crusaders backs have a run, but Carter gets hit by Jean de Villies and loses possession, Juan de Jongh hacks the loose ball ahead and gives chase - nobody's going to catch him... try!
16 More injury woes for the Stormers - Grant has been forced off the pitch with blood streaming down his face. He's replaced by Burton Francis. So the Stormers have now lost their first-choice lock and fly-half in the first quarter of the match.
14 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS. Taylor converts his own try from far out, and the hosts now have a seven-point lead over the unbeaten Stormers. 10-3!
13 TRY, CRUSADERS. Grant takes but clashes heads with Steenkamp, and stays down. The ball gets turned over as a result, and the Crusaders counter through Dagg who spins it wide to Flynn on the wing. The hooker passes inside to Taylor and the pivot dives over for the first try of the match!
11 De Kock Steenkamp is on for Bekker and takes in the restart. The Stormers forwards get the maul on, Duane Vermeulen breaks off the back and charges forward.
10 PENALTY, STORMERS. Grant has struck it superbly from a different angle, and the flags go up! Scores level. 3-3
8 Now the visitors manage to put some phases together, and manage to win a penalty of their own about 30m out from the Crusaders tryline. Trouble though for the Stormers though as Andries Bekker leaves the field injured. That's a big blow!
6 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth gets pinged for hands in the ruck and the Crusaders get an early chance at three points from bang in front. Tom Taylor slots it over! 3-0
5 Kieran Read takes at the back of the line-out, and the Crusaders hitting the advantage line as Carter makes a small break before Corey Flynn charges down the right-hand touchline. The Stormers defence in sixes and sevens at the moment and the hosts are just a few metres out!
3 First mistake from the Crusaders as Andy Ellis knocks on - so we'll have a scrum. Dewaldt Duvenage feeds his pack and then his backs as Peter Grant bangs a 35m punt into touch.
1 And we're under way! Joe Pietersen kicks off for the Stormers - taken in by opposite number Israel Dagg who runs into his forwards. Now Dan Carter gets it, and puts in a big kick with his left boot - Pietersen collects at the back and returns the favour with a high up-and-under...
Team news The Stormers have reinstated tighthead Brok Harris in place of Frans Malherbe, who is dropped to the bench. Coach Allister Coetzee is taking no chances in starting wing Gio Aplon, who injured himself in the act of scoring a try against the Highlanders. Gerhard van den Heever will start at 14.
Team news Coach Todd Blackadder has made four changes to the side that lost to the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend, the most notable of which is Carter's switch to 12, a position he played in the early part of his professional career. Tom Taylor plays at pivot with Ryan Crotty dropping to the bench. Ben Franks starts at tighthead prop with brother Owen providing cover from the bench. Tom Donnelly replaces Luke Romano at lock.
Welcome! Hello and welcome to Christchurch for this Round Eight clash between the Crusaders and the Stormers in what is expected to be the clash of the weekend, when the unbeaten and table topping visitors take on the seven-time champions!
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|Friday 2nd May|
|19:45||Bath vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Saracens vs Worcester|
|15:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Sale vs Leicester|
|Sunday 4th May|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 10th May|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|15:15||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:15||Worcester vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:15||London Irish vs Sale|
|Sunday 20th April|
|Newcastle 18 - 23 Saracens|
|Northampton 36 - 21 London Irish|
|Saturday 19th April|
|Wasps 38 - 30 Gloucester|
|Bath 32 - 20 Worcester|
|Exeter 12 - 55 Sale|
|Friday 18th April|
|Harlequins 24 - 20 Leicester|
|Sunday 13th April|
|London Irish 40 - 12 Newcastle|
|Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton|
|Saturday 12th April|
|Gloucester 17 - 18 Bath|
|Worcester 33 - 38 Exeter|
|Leicester 27 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 11th April|
|Sale Sharks 12 - 27 Harlequins|
|Sunday 30th March|
|Newcastle 12 - 17 Worcester|
|Saturday 29th March|
|Northampton 16 - 22 Leicester|
|Wasps 20 - 32 Saracens|
|Exeter 13 - 14 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 23 - 9 London Irish|
|Friday 28th March|
|Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|Leicester 45 - 15 Exeter|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|London Irish 23 - 44 Bath|
|Saracens 39 - 17 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 40 - 33 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton|
|Friday 21st March|
|Worcester 11 - 13 Wasps|
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