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  • Palu, Pretorius, Pakalani,
    Penalty goals: McKibbin (4),
    Conversions: Barnes, McKibbin (2),
33 - 37


  • Whitelock, Fruean (2), Guildford,
    Penalty goals: Taylor (3),
    Conversions: Taylor (4),
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  • 29th Apr 2012
  • KO 06:10
  • Ground: Allianz Stadium

Waratahs v Crusaders - Live

Last updated: 29th April 2012  

80 Full-time at Allianz Stadium and the Crusaders pick up five points from this fixture while the Waratahs take one. Great game of Super Rugby to end Round 10 so all that remains is for me to thank you for following. Have yourself a good Sunday. Cheers.

78 The Waratahs have 35 metres to go with only a try separating them from victory. But it's a lost line-out at the tail from the Australians as Ellis does well to snaffle up the loose ball. Is that going to be it? The 'Tahs now have 65 metres to go to the whitewash.

Conversion75 BARNES CONVERSION! 33-37! That's his last act.

TRY74 PRETORIUS TRY! 31-37! Oh yes. Former Cheetahs back Pretorius has picked up the stray ball from the side of the scrum and darted over from fifteen out. What a finish, both from the scrum-half and also here in Sydney. Can the 'Tahs do this?

73 Back come the Waratahs with replacement Sarel Pretorius looking to marshal his pack in the Crusaders 22. However, the visitors have managed to steal possession and soon get themselves the scrum put-in. Typical Crusaders, stepping up a key time.

Penalty69 TAYLOR PENALTY! 26-37! The lead is back to eleven. Great break from Read initially and subsequently the Waratahs were caught offside at the next phase. Simple three points in the end for Taylor as we approach the final ten minutes in Sydney.

Penalty67 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 26-34! McCaw is caught offside and it's a simple three points for the 'Tahs if they want to take them. They decide it's the right thing to do with thirteen minutes or so remaining here at Allianz Stadium. Eight points is the gap.

62 It's relentless from the Crusaders but luckily for the 'Tahs, the visitors are called back for a forward pass to Todd. Now, here is Rocky Elsom. Rocky v Richie.

59 The Waratahs escape their own line as the Crusaders look to turn the screw. The visitors are going through the phases just outside the home 22 right now.

57 He is back. Richie McCaw is on for George Whitelock.

Conversion55 TAYLOR CONVERSION! 23-34! Good enough.

TRY54 FREUAN TRY! 23-32! How did he get on the outside there? Freuan strikes again in seemingly no space on the left touchline for their bonus-point try.

Penalty53 TAYLOR PENALTY! 23-27! And now he hits back.

Penalty51 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 23-24! Now the 'Tahs respond.

Conversion50 TAYLOR CONVERSION! 20-24! Great kick.

TRY49 A WHITELOCK TRY! 20-22! What a response from the Crusaders. Dagg brought in a defender, then a pass from another supporting runner found the wing.

Conversion47 MCKIBBIN CONVERSION! 20-17! Four from four.

TRY46 PALU TRY! 18-17! Huge moment. Palu breaks off the back of the scrum and grounds for the lead. That was pretty slack from the Crusaders to be honest.

45 'Tahs line-out, five metres from the Crusaders line so a chance here if they can secure their own line-out. We are just waiting on Tom Donnelly being patched up.

Penalty42 TAYLOR PENALTY! 13-17! Good kick from 45 metres.

Second-half Welcome back. Good short kick-off from Taylor leads to Dennis fumbling and soon after, the 'Tahs being penalised at scrum-time. Chance from the tee.

Penalty40 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 13-14! Three points to end the half.

39 Good defence from the Waratahs on halfway once all the kicking from the Crusaders had finished. Half-time is nearing and this game really is in the balance, with the 'Tahs finishing strongly here. They are in the away 22 and have a penalty advantage!

Conversion35 TAYLOR CONVERSION! 10-14! Good kick.

TRY34 GUILDFORD TRY! 10-12! Unbelievable. Freuan is cutting them apart as he breaks the line and then offloads beautifully to his supporting wing, Guildford.

Penalty31 MCKIBBIN PENALTY! 10-7! Read is offside at the breakdown but it looked to have been an unfair call as Read was the tackler. Anyway, it's three points.

28 Superb scrambling defence there from the Waratahs as they put the pressure on a back-tracking Read to force a home scrum just ten metres out. A chance for the much-improved 'Tahs, who are playing well despite all their injuries and Horne's absence,

26 Mistake from Dagg as he puts the ball out on the full. We come back to the Crusaders ten-metre, Polota-Nau to throw. Oh dear, lost forward by the Waratahs.

23 Field position is gained but possession is coughed up by the Waratahs as McKibbin is held up on the Crusaders 22. Intelligent defence from the Kiwi visitors.

21 It looks like the Crusaders are beginning to get into their stride, with plenty of possession starting to open up some gaps in the stretched Waratahs defence. Watch out for Dagg and Guildford capitalising soon. 'Tahs scrum now on their own ten-metre.

Conversion18 TAYLOR CONVERSION! 7-7! Simple enough.

TRY17 FREUAN TRY! 7-5! There we go. Ellis on the wrap around and then the big centre hits a great line and backs his pace for the line. He goes in under the poles.

15 Have the Waratahs awoken the Crusaders beast? Kieran Read is looking busy as the New Zealanders set up camp in the home 22. Big moment one feels.

Conversion12 MCKIBBIN CONVERSION! 7-0! Lovely strike.

TRY11 PAKALANI TRY! 5-0! Great drift outside his man from Ashley-Cooper leads to Pakalani being left free with a clear run to the whitewash. Fine try for the 'Tahs.

9 Back go the Waratahs though as Tatafu Polota-Nau throws again, but this time just outside his own 22. Now we see Israel Dagg put up two testers first for Barnes and then Adam Ashley-Cooper and both come out with flying colours. Crusaders scrum, halfway.

6 Little to report so far as the 'Tahs attempt to get out of their own half via one-out runners. Finally they make it and it's their line-out on the Crusaders ten-metre.

2 Chance early on for Tom Taylor from the tee, about 40 metres out. But his first attempt drops just short of the uprights so we remain at 0-0 here in Sydney.

Kick-off Here we go with the Waratahs kicking off. Good weather conditions at Allianz Stadium as the hosts enjoy some early possession before Berrick Barnes' kick leads to Robbie Freuan breaking from deep. Now that has led to good ground for the Crusaders.

Welcome Hello and welcome to the final Super Rugby fixture of Round 10. We are in Sydney today for the visit of the Crusaders, who have been improving with each week. They meet an injury-hit Waratahs side that is this week without full-back Bernard Foley, openside flanker Chris Alcock and a suspended outside centre Rob Horne. Enjoy the game.

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