Crusaders v Blues - Live!

Last updated: 19th May 2012  

Full TimeFull time CRUSADERS 59-12 BLUES

Conversion80 CONVERSION, BLUES - 59-12. Anscombe adds the two. That was an impressive display from the Crusaders. They are certainly back on form after their loss last week.

80 TRY, BLUES - 59-10. Not much that the Blues can do put attempt to attack. Munro puts in a strong run and suddenly they are just five metres out. Parsons looks to dive over, but he is held up. They have a penalty and take the quick tap. They swing it right and Munro runs over.

Conversion77 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS - 59-5. Bleyendaal adds the two points.

TRY77 TRY, CRUSADERS - 57-5. Massive scrum from the Crusaders and they turn the ball over. They go left and come right again. Another strong run from Crotty before it goes out to Marshall who crashes over.

76 From the line-out, the Crusaders maul it forward a few metres before they spread it wide. Strong run from Crotty. They come left again and they have an overlap, but McCaw knocks it on.

73 Strong run from Moli and Mailau after the line-out, but the Blues knock it on again. Kicked away by the Crusaders and the Blues get another chance. Strong run from Nonu, but they give away another penalty.

70 The Blues are really just swinging the ball wide at every opportunity at the moment. They pick and go and find themselves just outside the Crusaders' 22. They get the penalty and Anscombe puts it out inside the 22.

Conversion67 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS - 52-5. Carter's final contribution of the evening is a conversion.

TRY67 TRY, CRUSADERS - 50-5. The Blues get the penalty on the right-hand side. Quick tap from Ali Williams. The Crusaders stand firm and they drive over the ball and get possession. Inside pass from Guildford to Crotty, who goes through the gap. Guildford is there for support and he gets the return pass and runs in. That brings up the half-century.

64 Anscombe puts it out close to the halfway line after the kick in. Mistake from Crusaders at the line-out and the Blues have the feed in the scrum. The Blues are suddenly seeing a lot more of the ball.

61 TRY, BLUES - 45-5. After the ball is turned over a couple of times, Parkes kicks forward, but it is too far and Carter can put it down for the 22m drop out. The Blues build again. There's suddenly a break from Mathewson. Strong run from Raikuna. After a couple of off-loads, Munro goes over. Anscombe misses the conversion.

58 At last the Blues get more than three phases going after a lineout. Oooh. Exciting stuff as they also have a penalty advantage. They get the penalty after a forward pass. The line-out is set up just outside the 22. From the line-out it is turned over in midfield.

55 I'm not sure when last the Blues strung together more than three phases. They finally get their hands on the ball as the Crusaders push too early at the scrum. One phase, two and they give it away with a kick. Dagg returns with a high kick and they can build again. One phase, two phases and they knock it on. Messy, messy stuff.

Conversion51 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS - 45-0. Two more to the total and the score is starting to look ugly for the Blues.

TRY51 TRY, CRUSADERS - 43-0. Oh dear! The Blues give away a penalty for off-side at the line-out. Nothing is going right for them. Ellis puts in the high kick and they get the turnover from the ruck. They swing it wide and Guildford goes into the 22. Flynn gets the pass and he crashes over for his second try.

49 The Blues give away possession as they swing the ball wide from the line-out but a poor pass sees the ball go out on the touchline. From the line-out, Carter is tackled and the ball pops out. The Blues boot it forward and Dagg again puts it out. This time inside his own 22.

47 The Blues are all over the show and the Crusaders can basically do what they like. Guildford has a strong run and pops it out at the back to Dagg. They are almost on the 22 before a poor pass gives possession to Anscombe, who puts the boot in. Dagg decides to settle things with a kick.

Conversion44 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS - 38-0. Carter has no problems with the conversion.

TRY43 TRY, CRUSADERS - 36-0. Too easy for the Crusaders as Ellis goes over. McCaw picks up from the scrum and he pops it to the number nine. Ellis runs over almost untouched.

Second half Carter gets us underway again. The Blues return with a deep kick, but Guildford spots a gap and puts the foot down. It looks like he is about to go over on the far side, but Raikuna just about pulls home down. The Blues give away the penalty and the Crusaders take the scrum.

Half TimeHalf-time CRUSADERS 31-0 BLUES

Conversion40 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS - 31-0. Carter adds the extras from the touchline. That was a quite brilliant first-half display from the Crusaders.

40 TRY, CRUSADERS - 29-0. The Blues manage to win a turnover and Hobbs boots it down field. Carter gathers and the Crusaders can attack again. Over the 22m line they go again. Carter beats one and then pops it out. To the left they go. Franks has a run before popping it to Dagg, who puts a quick pass in to Corey Flynn on the wing. The hooker crashes over for try number five.

40 This has been an awesome display from the Crusaders, but the Blues are sinking without a trace here. Parkes puts the ball out on the full and the Crusaders can attack again close to the 10m line. McCaw takes his side over the 22m line before Crockett charges forward. Ellis and Dagg also go on the attack.

TRY37 TRY, CRUSADERS - 24-0. The Crusaders pick and go from the line-out on the left-hand touchline. They are a metre out. Romano finally goes over and the try is awarded. Carter drags the conversion wide.

35 The Crusaders finally make a mistake Luke Braid and Luatua win a penalty. Anscombe sets up play inside the Crusaders half. From the penalty Hobbs has a dart, but they lose it forward and the Crusaders put the boot in. There are several chasers from the hosts and they win it at the breakdown, but Dagg loses the ball in the tackle. That gives Nonu an opportunity to clear, but he doesn't put it out. The Crusaders attack again. They lose it forward and Parkes puts it out inside his own 22.

33 Another mistake at the line-out and the Crusaders can attack from the scrum again. Strong runs from Fruean and Sam Whitelock. The latter looks to pop it to Dagg, but it doesn't go to hand. More mistakes from the Blues. From the scrum they take it into the 22 and Nonu kicks it out on the full.

31 Sloppy stuff at the line-out for the Blues again. Weepu has to dig for the ball almost every time. Anscombe decides to put a kick in but Dagg gathers and puts it out close to his 10m line.

29 The Blues are all over the show. Nothing is working for them. The Crusaders turn over possession at the scrum, but there's a forward pass close to the right-hand touchline and the Blues get another chance to settle. The Blues finally get the ball out at the scrum, but this time the Crusaders are off-side and they get time to breathe.

27 The Blues get a scrum on the Crusaders' 22, but Luke Braid is held up after he picks it up and possession is turned over. Carter takes it flat after the scrum and Fruean has a strong run, but knocks it on in possession.

Conversion23 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS - 19-0. Carter adds the two points and things are looking ominous for the Blues at the moment.

TRY23 TRY, CRUSADERS, 17-0. The Crusaders turn the ball over from the line-out and they pick and go again. They are once again over the line, but this time they are not convinced as it looks like McCaw has been held up. The TMO once again has a decision to make, but replays show he was strong enough to get it down.

21 The Blues were not in possession for too long and the Crusaders are once again on the front foot. Carter and Adam Whitelock both with strong runs, but they lose it in contact. The Blues clears it deep into Crusaders half and the hosts decide to build again. They come to the right and Sam Whitelock breaks several tackles and now they are just 10m out. Carter decides to chip it to the right. George Whitelock gathers and goes over. He thinks he scored the try, but they go upstairs. Replays show he stepped into touch.

18 The line-out is set up on the Crusaders' 10m line and they go for a high kick. Parkes looks to return it deep, but he puts it out on the full and they come back for the line-out inside the Blues' 22. McCaw is on control as they maul it forward. They finally move it wide, but the Blues intercept it and they can breathe for a moment or two.

15 The Blues finally get their hands on the ball after the Crusaders clears deep following the kick-off. The Blues are pushed out over the touchline, but they win the ball against the throw and they switch right to left. They are only 10m out. The Crusaders hold firm and they get the penalty for holding on.

12 Carter misses the conversion. The Blues have been forced to make an early change as Benson Stanley looks out of it after taking a knock to the neck/head.

9 TRY, CRUSADERS - 12-0. The Crusaders are doing well in defence already and they force the turnover from the collapsed mall after a line-out. Carter breaks free in midfield and he puts Fruean away. Sam Whitelock also has a run. They are five metres out and they have a penalty advantage. They pick and go, pick and go, but lose the advantage. It doesn't matter as they swing it to the right to give Adam Whitelock a clear run in.

Conversion6 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS - 7-0. Carter makes no mistake and the Crusaders sport a nice lead so early in the game.

6 TRY, CRUSADERS - 5-0. From the line-out, Todd picks up and goes over the line but he gets held up initially before placing it. The referee sends it to the TMO as he's not sure. After a couple of looks, the try is awarded.

5 Ellis goes and his opposite number doesn't gather cleanly. That puts the Blues under a lot of pressure. The Crusaders give them no opportunity to clear the ball as they go across the field. Parkes is forced out on the 5m line.

3 Big hit on McCaw in midfield and the Blues knock it on. After a few more phases Carter kicks deep before Parkes puts it out just inside the Crusaders' half.

Kick-off We are underway at a chilly Christchurch. Dagg gathers the kick-off and puts it out close to the 10m line. The Blues secure the first line-out and Anscombe go for a cross field kick and it's out on the Crusaders' 5m line. The Blues go off-side at the line-out and Carter can clear.

Team news The Blues are struggling with injuries. Peter Saili is out and Daniel Braid comes back into the team. The only other change sees Tevita Mailau coming in at tighthead prop to replace Charlie Faumuina.

Team news Todd Blackadder has made seven changes to his team following their loss against the Rebels and captain Richie McCaw is back at number eight while Dan Cater returns at fly-half. Israel Dagg, Andy Ellis and Adam Whitelock are also back in the side.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Christchurch for this Super Rugby encounter between the Crusaders and the Blues.

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