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80 Time up on the clock, and the Crusaders will be relieved! They've won the match, but are left with more questions than answers after that second-half meltdown. Another defeat for the Force, but the visitors can hold their heads high!
79 CONVERSION, FORCE. Godwin slots over the extras. Keep an eye out for this player next season - he's turned the game around for the Force since coming on. 38-24!
78 TRY, FORCE. The visitors camping on the Crusaders line, finally the ball comes out - quick hands to replacement halfback Josh Holmes and the Force get their third try! What a comeback performance this has been after trailing 32-3 at half-time.
76 The Force surge forward - they want another try before full-time and by the way the men from the West are playing, they just might get it!
74 YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS. The Crusaders in trouble here after stand-in skipper George Whitelock gets shown a yellow card for slowing down the ball. Crusaders will play out the rest of this match with 14 men...
73 It's been a spirited second-half performance by the Force who take play inside the Crusaders' 22. Lachlan McCaffrey carries the call a further 10m forward...
70 George Whitelock on the charge now - he's taken the captaincy armband - and gets hauled down inches short of the line. The support arrives quick enough though, and the ball gets spread wide. Guildford with the final pass to Luke Romano and the lock dives over in the corner... wait... no try! It was a forward pass by Guildford.
66 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. The hosts have had enough, and Taylor lines up another penalty to restore some order. Over it goes. 38-17
64 The Crusaders at sixes and sevens. In fact, even though they're 18 points behind, the Force are beating the Crusaders 14-3 in the second half!
61 CONVERSION, FORCE. Sheehan makes no mistake from bang in front and scoreline gives the visitors a bit of respectability. 35-17
60 TRY, FORCE. Can you believe it? The Force are over the whitewash again! This time it's Alfie Mafi who touches down, set up by Godwin who hasn't put a foot wrong since coming on the pitch.
59 The Force have clicked into a higher gear following that try, and continue to bash away at the Crusaders with their new-found confidence as Sharpe leads the charge in his last Super Rugby match.
56 CONVERSION, FORCE. Brett Sheehan takes over the kicking duties, and slots over the extras! 35-10
55 TRY, FORCE. The visitors battle their way towards the Crusaders line - a loose pass is picked up by Godwin and the replacement scrambles over for the try! Wow, what an impact he's made after being on the field for barely three minutes.
52 Changes from both teams now. For the Crusaders: Ellis makes way for Willie Heinz. And for the Force: Ben Seymour comes off and Kyle Godwin.
50 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. Oh dear, now the Force get pinged at the breakdown, and stand-in skipper Andy Ellis instructs Taylor to have a shot at goal. Over it goes! 35-3
48 Crockett gives away a penalty in his first scrum since coming on the field. Not a good start by the front-rower, but no harm done as the Force opt for touch.
47 Another change made by Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder who sends on Wyatt Crockett for Owen Franks.
45 Taylor now with the grubber kick ahead for Guildford to chase, and the Crusaders speedster looks like he could win the race but Cummins gets the bounce of the ball and denies the hosts another score.
42 Ben Seymour's clearance kick lands into the hands of Maitland, who doesn't think twice running it back. He breaks off one tackle and sidesteps past another defender before hitting the deck thanks to a big hit by Richard Brown.
Second half Welcome back! The Crusaders get the 2nd half under way minus Dan Carter and Richie McCaw who are replaced by Tom Taylor and Luke Whitelock.
Half-time CRUSADERS 32-3 WESTERN FORCE
40 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. The hosts looking to add another try to their tally before half-time, but that man Nalaga is penalised once again for slowing down the ball. Lucky to escape a yellow card, but the Force can't escape another three more points from Carter. That's half-time folks! The A play-offs spot booked by the Crusaders with another 40 minutes of rugby still to be played. See you in a few!
38 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS. Carter makes no mistake and raises the flags once more with his third conversion of the night. 29-3!
37 TRY, CRUSADERS. Here come the Crusaders again! Dagg full of running as the full-back links with Todd and the flank bags the bonus point. Maximum points for the Crusaders and we still have a second half to get through!
35 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS. Carter adds the extras and opens up a huge gap now. 22-3
34 TRY, CRUSADERS. The home side have a 5m scrum and the red and black machine rumbles forward. Andy Ellis makes a dart for the line, he looks to be held up though... we're going upstairs again. Try given! The TMO must have seen something different to us... it really looked like Ellis didn't get that ball down. But the Crusaders get the five points.
32 Change for the Crusaders: Hooker Corey Flynn makes way for Quentin MacDonald.
30 PENALTY, CRUSADERS. Carter missed his last kick, but raises the flags this time to extend the Crusaders lead. 15-3
29 Adam Whitelock breaks into open space, but gets hit hard in the tackle by Nalaga. It was high, and the Crusaders win a penalty as a result.
26 PENALTY, FORCE. Twelve points down, captain Nathan Sharpe points to the posts and Ben Seymour doesn't let his skipper down. Force on the board! 12-3
24 That's better from the Force, as Angus Cottrell makes some hard yards and gets plenty of support from his team-mates. They're just 10m out now! Can they force their way over the tryline... no, they can't but win a penalty.
20 Dagg launches a high ball - Napolioni Nalaga is underneath it, but he can't take. The ball went backwards though, and the ref waves play on. Nalaga tries to make amends by shaking off two would-be tacklers, but eventually is wrapped up by Matt Todd and Richie McCaw.
17 Carter unable to add the extra two points from bang in front. But the Crusaders looking good at 12-0!
16 TRY, CRUSADERS. Sean Maitland in possession now - the right wing cuts inside and leaves the Force defenders chasing shadows as he races in for the Crusaders second try of the match.
13 Force halfback Brett Sheehan gets caught on the deck, as a sea of red jerseys pile in. The ball gets ripped, and now the visitors are put on the backfoot yet again.
10 The Crusaders hot on attack once more - now its Zac Guildford that slices through the Force defence like a hot knife through butter. An ankle tap stops him from completing a 20m run to the tryline...
7 Turnover ball! The Crusaders charge up the middle - it's Tom Donnelly with ball in hand. He links up with Ryan Crotty who stabs a grubber kick ahead - Alfie Mafi scoops it up at the back for the Force and hoof the ball into touch.
5 The Force have been starved of the ball up until now, but Nick Cummins finally forces the Crusaders to make some tackles.
3 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS. Dan carter adds the extras from far out and the hosts take a handy 7-0 lead early on.
2 TRY, CRUSADERS. The TMO gives the green light - try confirmed! What a start by the Crusaders and Dagg's delighted.
1 And we're under way! The Force kick off, and the Crusaders strike early as the ball is moved wide where Israel Dagg looks to have scored in the corner! We're going upstairs...
Team news Veteran lock Nathan Sharpe has recovered from a back injury to lead the Western Force. Prop Tetera Faulkner will get his first Super Rugby start, while Rory Sidey and Pat Dellit will combine in the centres for the first time.
Team news Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has left Sam Whitelock and Robbie Fruean out of his starting side. There are three personnel changes to the side that beat the Chiefs last week, as Tom Donnelly, Sean Maitland and Matt Todd come in. Adam Whitelock makes a positional switch and is at 13 in place of a benched Fruean. Kieran Read is missing due to a rib injury so Richie McCaw moves to number eight, with Todd wearing number seven.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Christchurch for our coverage of today's second Super Rugby clash. No one expects the Force to trouble the Crusaders, who will be out to bag a bonus point and secure a home play-off. Kick-off is approaching...don't go away.
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