Chiefs v Crusaders - Live

Last updated: 6th July 2012  

Full Timefull-time Chiefs 21 Crusaders 28

80 The Chiefs are bashing away at the Crusaders' try-line! Leonard, Messam and Cruden are all stopped short of the line! They are then awarded a penalty, when the Crusaders go offside, and set up another couple of phases. It's three minutes into injury time when Williams makes a desperate lunge for the line. He falls just short and when the ball fails to come out the referee signals that it's the end of the match. And what a match that's been! It could of have gone either way but in the end the Crusaders managed to sneak in which was important as they still have ambitions of making the play-offs.

78 The Chiefs win a crucial turnover inside their half and are soon on the attack with Williams and Robertson carrying strongly.

75 The Chiefs are on the attack at a line-out inside the Crusaders' 22 but Hika Elliot is the villain in the piece when his throw-in is not straight!

71 Messam is held up at the base of the scrum again by George Whitelock and once again the visitors win the put-in at the scrum when the maul becomes static.

69 Andrew Horrell does well to put Asaeli Tikoirotuma into space in the left-hand corner. The speedster is over the try-line but is bundled into touch by Dagg and Guildford.

68 Carter does well when he puts the ball into touch inside his own 22 despite great pressure from Kerr-Barlow.

67 Messam is caught in possession by George Whitelock who holds him up in contact. When the maul goes static the Crusaders are awarded the put-in at the resulting scrum.

64 Guildford throws ashocking pass over Ellis' head which the scrum-half must dot down behind his own try-line! That puts the Chiefs on the attack at a scrum on the Crusaders' five-metre line.

Penalty62 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 21-28. Carter extends his side's lead when Tameifuna infringes at a ruck.

60 Carter puts Adam Whitelock into space inside the Chiefs' half but the wing is stopped in his tracks by Messam.

58 The Crusaders are under the cosh at a line-out deep inside their half but they gain a reprieve when Retallick is penalised for playing Read in the air at the set-piece.

TRY55 TRY, CHIEFS, WILLIAMS! 21-25. Sonny Bill Williams displays great power when he swivels out of three tackles before crashing over the Crusaders' try-line!

54 Robbie Robertson launches a bomb which the Crusaders find difficult to handle. The ball bounces around and comes on the Chiefs' side but Alex Bradley knocks on.

52 TRY, CHIEFS, ELLIS! 16-25. Ellis spots a gap close to the Chiefs' try-line and has a go. Kerr-Barlow TRIES to stop him BUT after referee Steve Walsh consults his TMO the try is awarded. Carter fails to land the conversion.

50 The Chiefs gain a reprieve when the Crusaders are penalised at the resulting scrum.

49 The Crusaders have just annihilated the Chiefs in a scrum! They win possession but George Whitelock knocks on at a crucial moment close to the hosts' try-line.

48 Carter makes a dash for the Chiefs' try-line but is brought to ground by Kerr-Barlow.

46 Cruden takes a shot at goal from about 47 metres out. His effort strikes an upright and Read reacts quickest to the loose ball.

45 Kerr-Barlow puts pressure on Ellis at the base of the scrum. The Crusaders number nine knocks on and the Read plays the ball from an offside position.

43 Liam Messam takes the ball into contact on the halfway line. He is held up by Read and Ryan Crotty and when the maul becomes static the Crusaders are awarded the put-in at the scrum.

42 Ellis stabs through a grubber kick which rolls into touch midway between the halfway mark and the Chiefs' 22-metre line.

40 Cruden gets the second half started. Sam Whitelock gathers his kick on the edge of his 22 where he goes to ground.

Half TimeHalf-time Chiefs 16 Crusaders 20

40 Carter steps up and tries to extend his side's lead but his effort is dragged wide of the posts. The half-time hooter sounds soon afterwards and the sides head inside. It's been an entertaining half with side staying true to their attacking instincts. The Crusaders dominated early on but the Chiefs have come back strongly in the latter stages and this is still anybody's game. It should make for an interesting second half.

39 Guildford and Dagg combine well close to the halfway mark but the Chiefs are soon pinned for a ruck infringement.

Penalty37 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 16-20. Cruden narrows the gap to four points with a well-taken spot-kick.

36 The Chiefs' forwards show their dominance at a scrum on the Crusaders' try-line. The visitors' front-row can't stand the pressure and are penalised.

34 From a scrum on the Crusaders' five-metre line, Kerr-Barlow throws an inaccurate pass to Sonny Bill Williams, who fumbles. The ball comes out on the Crusaders' side and Carter clears his line with a 30 metre kick into touch.

32 Sona Taumalolo latches onto a loose pass from a Crusader and sets off on a 50 metre run! He is hauled in by Dagg but makes a mistake when he opts to kick ahead!

Conversion31 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 13-20. Cruden steps up and adds the extras!

TRY30 TRY, CHIEFS, RETALLICK! 11-20. From the attacking scrum, the Chiefs set up several phases with their forwards before Kerr-Barlow lobs a perfectly-time pass to Brodie Retallick who crashes over from close quarters!

28 The Chiefs are awarded a scrum on the Crusaders' five-metre line. This is the home side's best attacking opportunity of the match.

26 Sonny Bill Williams finally gets his hands on the ball and sets off on a run down the touchline. He offloads the ball in trademark fashion to Romana Graham who takes the ball into contact close to the Crusaders' 22.

24 It's all Crusaders at the moment and they are on the attack again inside the Chiefs' half. However, the hosts gain a reprieve when the referee penalises the Crusaders forwards for going off their feet at a ruck.

Conversion22 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 6-20. Carter steps up and adds another two points from close to the touchline!

TRY21 TRY, CRUSADERS, ROMANO! 6-18. Luke Romano benefits when he dives onto the ball when it rolls over the the Chiefs' try-line from Andy Ellis' grubber kick. The Chiefs went to sleep on that one as no one reacted quickly enough to do anything about it!

20 The Crusaders are awarded a penalty just inside their half when Schwalger fails to release a tackled player. Carter puts the ball into touch inside the Chiefs' 22.

Drop Goal18 DROP GOAL, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 6-13. Carter drops into the pocket just outside the Chiefs' 22 and catches everyone by surprise with a well-taken snap shot!

Penalty16 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 6-10. Cruden punishes a Crusaders infringement at a ruck and narrows the gap to four points!

15 The Chiefs are on the attack at a line-out on the edge of the Crusaders' 22. However, nothing comes from it as Mahonri Schwalger's throw is a poor one which goes over his jumper's head and Andy Ellis is first to pounce on the loose ball.

13 The Crusaders are doing all the attacking at the moment! They set up a couple of phases just inside the Chiefs' half before the ball goes wide to Adam Whitelock.

Conversion11 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 3-10. Carter adds the extras to extend his side's lead.

10 TRY, CRUSADERS, READ! 3-8. Kieran read runs onto a flat pass from Israel Dagg close to the Chiefs' try-line and dots down despite a valiant effort from Kerr-Barlow, who tries to dislodge the ball with a desperate tackle.

9 Cruden takes a gap and tries to offload to Jackson Willison. His pass is intercepted by Robbie Fruean who sets off on a run. The ball is recycled and then spun wide to Zac Guildford who is brought to ground by Tim Nanai-Williams.

Penalty7 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 3-3. Carter draws his side level after the Chiefs are penalised for being offside.

6 The Crusaders are on the attack on the Chiefs' try-line. Richie McCaw and Ben Franks have a go at the line but are both stopped by resilient defence from the hosts.

4 The Crusaders get a chance to draw level when Ben Tameifuna is pinned for a ruck infringement. Dan Carter takes a shot at goal but his effort strikes the upright.

Penalty2 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 3-0. Aaron Cruden gets the first points of the match after the Crusaders infringe at a ruck in front of their posts.

1 The Chiefs are immediately on the attack when first Aaron Cruden and then Tawera Kerr-Barlow make telling breaks.

Kick-off Dan Carter gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Sam Cane who takes the ball into contact.

Team news All Black sensation Sam Cane returns to the Chiefs' starting line-up. Tanerau Latimer drops to the bench whilst Alex Bradley steps in for the injured number eight Kane Thompson. Sona Taumalolo makes a return to the front row while Andrew Horrell is preferred to Jackson Willison at centre.

Team news The Crusaders welcome back All Blacks trio Dan Carter, Israel Dagg and Kieran Read from injury. Read's return means skipper Richie McCaw moves back to openside flanker, with Matt Todd dropping to the bench. Up front, Wyatt Crockett makes way for Owen Franks.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Waikato Stadium in Hamilton for our coverage of the opening clash of the penultimate weekend in the race for the Super Rugby play-offs. What a game we have first up! The tournament leaders host the seven-time champions! If the Crusaders lose, they face the prospect of missing a place in the play-offs for the first time in 11 years!!!

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