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Chiefs v Crusaders - Live
Full time CHIEFS 20-17 CRUSADERS
80 22 phases but the Crusaders can't get Carter into a favourable position. Now the Chiefs counter ruck. The ball isn't coming out. It's all over! CHIEFS WIN!!!! Will they travel to Cape Town or host the Sharks? We'll find out tomorrow. We've got a man at Newlands, so join us then. Cheers!
79 The Chiefs get it in and out quickly. Cruden hoofs it up field. Here come the Crusaders on the counter attack. This is the last roll of the dice...they're into the Chiefs half. This smells like a drop goal.
77 Carter's kick falls SHORT! The Chiefs clear. Crotty tries to counter but runs into Todd. Scrum to the Chiefs about 30m from their own line. This scrum is going to be huge!
75 Finally the Crusaders go on the attack. A huge counter ruck from the Chiefs and it looks like they've won it back. NO! The ref says penalty! Carter will have a crack from 45m
73 The Chiefs are pinged for going early. McCaw calls or another scrum. That's a big call. Another free kick against the Chiefs at the reset. McCawa wants another scrum!
71 It's getting rather scrappy in the closing stages. Owen Franks takes Cane high. Latimer tries to find SBW with an inside ball but Carter slaps it down. Scrum to the Chiefs on the centre dot.
69 Cruden hits the CROSSBAR! The Crusaders breath again. This one is going down to the wire.
67 Messam turns it over. Tikoirotuma hacks it ahead. The Crusaders are panicking at the back. Cane forces the penalty on the deck! Cruden will have a tilt at goal from 52m
65 The Crusaders have a spring in their step now, throwing it about inside their won half. Eventually the penalty comes against Kerr-Barlow. Carter sets up the line-out on the Chiefs 22.
63 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER. 20-17. Cometh the hour...cometh DC! It's straight down the middle. What a kick!
61 BIG scrum from the Crusaders and they win a penalty! Carter is going to have tilt from a long way out, near the touchline.
59 Messam breaks off the scrum to early to chase Ellis and concedes a penalty. But Carter's touch finder isn't great. The Crusaders' big names haven't shone tonight. Sam Cane comes on for Thompson. Afeaki comes on for Tameifuna.
56 Dagg is forced into a scrambled kick from deep inside his 22. The Chiefs are still on top here - the Crusaders are stuggling to cope with the hosts' line speed.
54 The Crusaders look to bring some structure back to the game and build near half way. Fruean chucks an offload out wide but it's just gone forward...it was worth a try though, Adam Whitelock would have been clear. Owen Franks comes on for his brother.
52 Fruean needs to be careful! He takes Kerr-Barlow out in the air. It smells like revenge for the earlier incident but he gets away with a warning.
50 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 20-14. The gap is back to six points. Two costly mistakes there from the Crusaders.
48 Horrible error from Carter, who overcooks his kick and sends it over the dead-ball line. We go back for the scrum, where Crockett is penalised for losing his bind!
46 Another scuffle! This time it's Fruean and Kerr-Barlow going at it. Ref Joubert had given the penalty to the Chiefs in a kickable position but he turns it around against Kerr-Barlow. Then SBW has a chirp and gets marched back another 10m.
44 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER. 17-14. King Richie earned that one on the deck for his team.
42 Boom! Sona Taumalolo goes straight over McCaw but a few phases later the Crusaders win it back. Great footwork from Crotty gets them over the advantage line. Penalty!
Second half Here we go for round two! Carter kicks us off. The Crusaders give away an early penalty for offside. Cruden fails to find touch though and Carter can kick it back. Line-out Chiefs on halfway.
Half Time CHIEFS 17 - 11 CRUSADERS
41 Carter misses the conversion from out wide but the Crusaders are back in this, despite being under the cosh for most of the first half. We'll be back in ten...
40 TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY!!!! 17-11. The visitors strike just before half time. Todd makes the initial break to set it up. It comes wide for Crotty who spots a gap to score!
39 Unbelievable! With the Crusaders on the attack deep in the Chiefs 22, Crockett spills it. The ball is hacked up field a few times in a foot race to the other side of the field. Dagg is isolated and is pushed over his own tryline. We come back for a near halfway penalty though....the touch judge saw a few Chiefs ahead of the kicker.
37 FIGHT!!! Kane Thompson and Wyatt Crockett exchange punches. Ref Craig Joubert consults with assistant referee Jonathan Kaplan. They can't decide who started it so it's only a white card...
35 CONVERSION, CRUDEN. 17-6. The Chiefs deserve their lead....can they Crusaders find another gear?
34 TRY, CHIEFS, MESSAM. 15-6. Great try! Robbie Robinson attacks from the kick-off and takes it all the way to the 22 with a brilliant run. SBW breaks through a gap on the fringe of a ruck before offloading to Messam, who can cross untouched!
32 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER. 10-6. Straight down the middle. DC doesn't miss from there.
30 This is a crucial period of the game. The Chiefs have a scrum on their 22 but the penalty goes against Tameifuna for pulling it down. Another controversial call. Cruden lines it up....this one is easy!
28 CONVERSION, CRUDEN. 10-3. The Chiefs are dominating. SBW, Taumalolo, Cruden and Messam are blitzing 'em!
27 TRY, CHIEFS, TAUMALOLO. 8-3. The TMO says yes!!! Another controversial try from the video ref. Taumalolo bags his 9th for the season!
26 The Chiefs are on fire! Wave after wave of attack continues to pour down on the Crusaders. Taumalolo looks to have touched down in a pile of bodies....but did he do it from a second movement? The TMO will decide!
25 McCaw is penalised for going offside at a maul. Cruden has another long-range tilt at goal but it drifts just wide. 3-3 it remains.
22 Oh my word! The Crusaders survive another big scare. Messam and SBW combine to break clear before Crotty makes a crucial intercept when the Chiefs had numbers out wide.
20 A long period of sustained pressure from the Chiefs who camp in the Crusaders 22. Cruden is causing all kinds of problems with ball in hand. Turnover! Cruden is double teamed by two Whitelocks and spills it. Carter hacks it away.
18 Cruden hits the POST from 55m!!! George Whitelock penalised for being offside. It's been a very fractured start. 7 penalties already.
15 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER. 3-3. Chiefs are pinged at the ruck. Carter opens his account but Luke Romano is forced off with a shoulder injury. Tom Donnelly comes on.
13 Oh, Cruden is so dangerous! The Chiefs turn it over before steps past two defenders to break clear. Sonny Bill Williams puts a foot into touch after taking the relay so the Crusaders will attack from a line-out 30m out.
11 The Chiefs need to show some composure here. They won the scrum penalty but tried to run it out of their 22, only to knock on. Great opportunity here for the Crusaders with a scrum 18m out.
9 More handbags! Taumalolo shoves McCaw in the back and it kicks off again! After it settles down we pack down for scrum because McCaw spilt it.
8 Stupid penalty by Ben Tameifuna, who steps out of the line to shove Sam Whitelock. Carter finds touch for a line-out on the Chiefs 22.
7 The Crusader probe on the edge of the Chiefs 22 but the hosts win a turn over as Taumalolo and Latimer dominate at the breakdown. Cruden finds touch.
5 Biffo! Liam Messam and George Whitelock swing handbags and are not in a hurry to step away despite a lot of pulling by their team-mates. The ref has a long chat to both captains. Next time some one is going to the bin.
3 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 3-0. First blood to the Chiefs as Cruden sends it straight down the middle.
Kick-off Here we go for the first semi-final! Aaron Cruden kicks us off. A long opening phases sees possession changes hands four times but ends in the Chiefs penalty just inside the Crusaders 22. Sam Whitelock preventing the ball from being released. Cruden lines it up.
Recent results 2012: Crusaders won 28-21, Hamilton
2012: Chiefs won 24-19, Napier
2011: Crusaders won 25-19, Napier
2011: Crusaders won 34-16, Tauranga
2010: Crusaders won 26-19, Hamilton
Team news All Blacks prop Ben Franks will replace his brother Owen in the Crusaders' starting line-up, the only change to the team that beat the Bulls.
Team news Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made four changes to his team: Prop Sona Taumalolo and hooker Mahonri Schwagler return to the front row, while Ben Afeaki has been named on the bench after an absence of six weeks. The backline is the same one that faced the Crusaders in Round 17 with Andrew Horrell starting in the midfield outside Sonny Bill Williams.
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