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Blues v Crusaders - Live
Full time Blues 34 Crusaders 15
80 The Crusaders are playing for pride and trying desperately to at least finish the game on a high. They take the ball through several phases until Luke Whitelock knocks on. Noakes puts the ball into touch and that's the final act of this match. The Blues have made a huge statement with this result and although the tournament is still in its early stages, they must surely be amongst the favourites for the title. The Crusaders will have to go back to the drawing board as they seemed to be playing catch-up for almost the entire match. It was only their first match so they've got plenty of time to make things right. But take nothing away from the hosts who are deserved victors.
78 Everything seems to be going wrong for the visitors. They try to get back into the game but commit a handling error and the hosts will get the put-in at the resulting scrum.
75 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 34-15. Chris Noakes adds the two-pointer to seal the win for his side!
74 TRY, BLUES, MOALA! 32-15. Chris Noakes puts in a chip kick over the Crusaders' on-rushing backline defence and Piutau gathers before passing to George Moala on the halfway mark. The left wing beats two defenders before crossing over!
72 The Crusaders are trying to get something out of this game. They launch several attacks inside the Blues' half until Israel Dagg takes a gap and makes a dart for the try-line. Rene Ranger makes a desperate tackle and Dagg is eventually penalised for a double movement after he gets up and dives over the line.
70 The Crusaders attack out wide with their backs, just outside the Blues' 22, but they make little headway as Crotty knocks on.
68 The Crusaders are on the attack close to the Blues' try-line but cannot break down the home side's defence. The momentum eventually swings when the Blues win a penalty after Tom McCarthy wins a scrum for his side when he shows immense strength to hold up George Whitelock in the tackle.
65 George Whitelock takes the ball into contact close to the try-line but is held up by Luatua.
63 Carter tries to slip past Weepu on the edge of the Blues' 22 but he fails in his task and has the ball knocked from his grasp by the Blues number nine.
60 CONVERSION BLUES, NOAKES! 27-15. After several misses from Weepu, Noakes takes over the place-kicking duties and succeeds with his first shot at goal!
59 TRY, BLUES, BRAID! 25-13. The Blues attack close to the Crusaders' try-line and when Charlie Faumuina is stopped just short Luke Braid is first to react, by picking up the loose ball and barging over!
57 Noakes spots the Crusaders back-line lying to flat and puts in a deft chip kick which rolls into touch just outside the Crusaders' 22.
55 Weepu gets a chance to extend the home side's lead after several Crusaders are blown up for not rolling away at a ruck. The scrum-half's effort is off target, however.
51 Halai launches an up-and-under and Piutau does well when he manages to knock it back to the kicker who sets off on an attacking run. The Blues are soon inside the Crusaders' 22 until Luatua knocks on.
49 The Blues attack off a scrum inside the Crusaders' 22 but George Whitelock does well when he wins a vital turnover for the visitors.
47 Wyatt Crockett is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Noakes puts the ball into touch on the edge of the Crusaders' 22-metre line.
45 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 20-15. Carter slots his fifth three-pointer to bring his side within five points of the lead!
43 Carter puts the ball into touch inside the Blues' 22 after Halai is pinned for a ruck infringement.
40 Carter gets the second half underway and the Blues immediately show their intentions when they go on the attack with their backs from inside their 22.
Half-Time Blues 20 Crusaders 12
40 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 20-12. after the Blues are penalised for being offside. That's the final act of the half as the referee brings proceedings to a close soon afterwards. What a half it's been! The Blues have dominated proceedings and were rewarded with three well-taken tries. But don't write off the Crusaders yet. Dan Carter's boot has kept them in this match and they are still within touching distance of the lead. That first forty minutes sets up what should be another entertaining second period. Don't go away. We'll be back shortly!
37 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 20-9. Carter keeps his team in the match with another three-pointer!
35 CONVERSION, BLUES, WEEPU! 20-6. Piri Weepu succeeds with the two-pointer to extend his side's lead!
34 TRY, BLUES, HALAI! 18-6. Frank Halai gathers a Chris Noakes box kick behind the Crusaders' try-line and scores in the right-hand corner!
33 The Blues are on the attack when Weepu puts a penalty into touch inside the Crusaders' 22.
31 Israel Dagg is penalised for a ruck infringement inside the Blues' half. Noakes puts the ball into touch midway between the Crusaders' 22 and the halfway mark.
26 PENALTY, BLUES, WEEPU! 8-6. Weepu regains the lead for the hosts after Corey Flynn is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.
23 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 5-6. Csrter puts the Crusaders back in front after Piutau is blown up for holding onto the ball on the ground.
20 Ranger spots a half gap deep inside the Crusaders' half and takes it but once again he is brought to ground by a text-book tackle from Crotty!
17 Noakes launches a bomb and Rene Ranger does brilliantly when he grasps it in the air, beating two Crusaders to the ball. He sets off on a run but when is soon hauled in from behind by Crotty.
16 Charles Piutau puts his team on the attack with a 45 metre kick which rolls into touch deep inside the visitors' 22.
14 Ryan Crotty and Owen Franks clatter into each other and the ball is knocked from Crotty's grasp. Franks regathers but is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground. Chris Noakes kicks for touch and puts it out just outside the Crusaders' 22.
11 TRY, BLUES, LUATUA! 5-3. After Cullum Retallick is stopped just short of the line Piri Weepu throws a long pass to Steven Luatua who dots down out wide!
8 Peter Saili takes the ball into contact but is knocked off his stride by a big hit from Kieran Read!
6 The Blues are awarded a penalty after Sam Whitelock is penalised for obstruction but Piri Weepu's shot at goal hits the post!
4 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 0-3. Dan Carter gets the game's first points from the kicking tee after Peter Saili is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.
Kick-off Chris Noakes gets us underway! After the ball is gathered by the Crusaders forwards it comes out to Tom Taylor who hoofs it upfield.
Team news Blues boss John Kirwan has stuck with the same matchday 22 that beat the Hurricanes last weekend, while his coaching counterpart Todd Blackadder has named Israel Dagg on the wing and Tom Taylor at full-back with Dan Carter controlling the new-look backline. The Crusaders Forward Pack has an established look about it, with Crockett, Flynn, Franks, Romano and Whitelock making up the tight five.
welcome Hello and welcome to Eden Park in Auckland for this much anticipated Super Rugby clash between the Blues and old foes the Crusaders! While the hosts have lost the last three encounters, and have celebrated victory just once in the last six, they are set to make this one an interesting contest.
Updates to appear here at 19:15 local (06:15 GMT)
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