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- Super Rugby
- Quarter Final
- 21st Jul 2012
- KO 08:35
- Ground: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Crusaders v Bulls - Live
full-time Crusaders 28 Bulls 13
80 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 28-13. Carter adds the final nail in the visitors' coffin after Stegmann infringes at a ruck. That's also the final act of the game as the hooter to signal the end of the match sounds soon afterwards! It was a clinical effort by the hosts but in the end the Bulls' inability to keep their penalty count down cost them dearly.
77 TRY, BULLS, OLIVIER! 25-13. Wynand Olivier scores in the right-hand corner after running onto a pass from Kirchner just short of the Crusaders' try-line. Steyn's conversion attempt strikes an upright.
74 Ellis spots a half-gap close to the halfway line and tries to take it. However, he is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Willie Wepener.
71 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 25-8. Carter adds another three points after the Bulls commit their umpteenth penalty infringement.
68 The Bulls try to attack just inside the Crusaders' half but the home side win a valuable turnover. At the ensuing ruck Greyling is penalised for being offside. Carter puts the ball into touch on the edge of the Bulls' 22.
66 Kirchner launches a high kick which Dagg gathers before offloading to Guildford.
63 TRY, BULLS, D POTGIETER! 22-8. The Bulls get a driving maul going from the line-out and there's nothing that the Crusaders can do when Dewald Potgieter crashes over from close quarters! Steyn misses the conversion.
62 Ryan Crotty is penalised for a ruck infringement. Steyn puts the ball into touch five metres from the Crusaders' try-line.
60 Referee Jaco Peyper penalises Dean Greyling and Deon Stegmann at a ruck but the Bulls get out of jail when Carter's penalty strikes an upright!
57 Dagg puts his team back on the attack with a 40 metre kick which rolls into touch inside the Bulls' 22.
56 The Bulls are on the attack on the edge of the Crusaders' try-line. Jacques Potgieter and Hougaard are both stopped short of the line by solid defence from the home side.
54 Steyn does well when he puts in a box-kick which rolls into touch 10 metres from the Crusaders' try-line.
52 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 22-3. Carter adds another three-pointer after Steyn executes a high tackle on the Crusaders pivot.
50 Hougaard tries to put pressure on the Crusaders by launching a bomb. His effort, however, goes directly into touch and the Bulls are back on the back-foot!
48 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 19-3. Carter adds the extras after Juandre Kruger is pinned for a late-tackle on Ellis.
46 Ndungane is forced to leave the field with an injury. He is replaced by Jano Vermaak who slots in at scrum-half and Francois Hougaard moves to the wing.
45 Guildford makes a break from close to his try-line and is eventually bundled into touch just short of the halfway line by Francois Venter.
44 Ellis kicks for touch from inside his 22 but his effort is a poor one which goes into touch a mere 10 metres outside his own quarter.
42 The Bulls take the ball through 10 phases but are soon penalised when Kirchner holds onto the ball.
40 Steyn gets the second half started with a deep kick which Carter gathers and immediately kicks upfield.
Half-time Crusaders 16 Bulls 3
40 From a scrum just outside the Bulls' 22 the ball comes out to Steyn, who hoofs it into touch when the hooter sounds to signal half-time. It's been one-way traffic for the home side who have been dominating most facets of play. The Bulls have committed far too many errors and if they want to stand a chance of progressing to the semi-finals they must try to bring down the penalty count against them.
38 PENALTY, BULLS, STEYN! 16-3. Steyn gets his side's first points when the hosts infringe at a ruck.
36 The Bulls have just butchered a try-scoring opportunity! From a line-out close to the Crusaders' line Spies is stopped just short but his team-mates fail to secure the ball when it goes loose and the Crusaders' can clear their line!
34 DROP GOAL, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 16-0. Carter adds another three points to his side's lead when he drops into the pocket and lands a drop goal from the edge of the Bulls 22 with his right foot!
31 The Bulls are under the cosh when the Crusaders put pressure on them at a scrum. Pierre Spies receives the ball on the back-foot and tries to offload but his pass goes forward.
29 Kirchner launches an up-and-under for Akona Ndungane to chase. The kick is a good one but Ndungane can only watch as Carter gathers the ball, in mid-air, from under his nose!
27 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 13-0. Carter adds the extras to extend his side's lead!
26 TRY, CRUSADERS, GUILDFORD! 11-0. Zac Guildford runs a superb angle and takes a pass from Carter just outside the Bulls' 22 before racing away and scoring under the posts!
23 The Crusaders have most of the possession at the moment. They go on the attack inside the Bulls' half but Corey Flynn throws a forward pass at the crucial moment.
21 The Crusaders are awarded a penalty when Flip van der Merwe infringes at a ruck. Carter steps up to add to his side's lead but his effort is just wide of the upright!
18 Steyn is penalised when he goes off his feet at a ruck inside the Crusaders' 22. Carter puts the ball out 10 metres from the halfway mark.
16 The Crusaders are on the attack close to the Bulls' try-line but Greyling does well when he wins a crucial turnover for his side!
14 The Bulls have made their first change with Chiliboy Ralepelle, who took a knock to his leg early on, being replaced by Willie Wepener.
12 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 6-0. Carter adds another three points after Dean Greyling plays the ball from an offside position at a ruck on the edge of his own 22.
9 Carter launches a bomb which Kirchner gathers. He makes little progress though as he takes a big hit from Robbie Fruean!
7 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 3-0. Dan Carter get's the game's opening points after Zane Kirchner is penalised for playing the ball on the ground.
4 From a scrum inside their half the Crusaders' front-row are pinned for an early shove. The Bulls are then awarded a free-kick from which Steyn launches a bomb which Israel Dagg gathers on the edge of his try-line.
2 The Bulls go on the attack from a line-out inside the Crusaders' 22 but after setting up a couple of phases they lose possession when Richie McCaw wins a turnover!
Kick-off Dan Carter gets us underway! His kick is gathered by the Bulls forwards who immediately set up a ruck inside their 22. The ball comes out to Morne Steyn who puts the ball into touch.
Team News Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has made just one change to his run-on side with Springbok lock coming in for Wilhelm Steenkamp, who in turn bumps CJ Stander off the bench.
Team News Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his starting XV for this clash. There are two changes in the pack where Wyatt Crockett will wear the number one jersey in place of Ben Franks, who moves to the bench. Locks Samuel Whitelock and Tom Donnelly also switch positions from last week's game against the Force. In the backs Adam Whitelock reverts to the wing this week, vacating the outside centre position for the returning Robbie Fruean while Sean Maitland will provide cover from the bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Christchurch for our coverage of the first Super Rugby play-off. It's a massive game between the two most successful teams in the history of the tournament. No visiting team has ever won a Super Rugby knock-out game in Christchurch. Can the Bulls create history at AMI Stadium?
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