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- 23rd Mar 2013
- KO 06:35
- Ground: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Crusaders v Kings - Live
Full Time: Crusaders 55 Kings 20
80 CONVERSION, KINGS, WHITEHEAD! 55-20. Whitehead dusts himself off and adds the extras! The final whistle goes soon afterwards. It was a polished display from the Crusaders but the Kings tried gallantly even though they were outplayed in all departments.
79 TRY, KINGS, WHITEHEAD! 55-18. George Whitehead gets put into space and outpaces the cover defence before scoring under the posts!
77 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 55-13. Bleyendaal adds another two pointer as the hosts extend their lead!
76 TRY. CRUSADERS, G WHITELOCK! 53-13. George Whitelock burrows his way over the try-line which means he gets in for his hat-trick of tries!
74 Bleyendaal taks on the defence but is knocked back by a big hit from Cornell du Preez.
71 Rynier Bernardo takes the ball into contact but is held up by three Crusaders defenders. Scrum t othe home side.
68 Luke Romano wins possession at a line-out on a Kings throw-in at a line-out close to the halfway mark. The Crusaders go on attack but lose possession when they commit a handling error close to the Kings' 22.
64 The Crusadrs have just butchered a try! They have an overlap, deep inside the Kings' 22, but Ryan Crotty throws a forward pass to Luke Whitelock who is called back when he dots down.
62 Bleyendaal puts a kick over the heads of the Kings' backs but unfortunately for him the ball rolls over the dead-ball line and the Kings will have the put-in at the resulting scrum.
58 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 48-13. Tyler Bleyendaal is on as Carter's replacement and succeeds with the easy place-kick!
57 TRY, CRUSADERS, L WHITELOCK! 46-13. Luke Whitelock runs onto a pass from Heinz and beats three defenders before scoring under the posts!
54 The Crusaders are on the attack deep inside the Kings' 22 but Petersen does well when he saves the day with a fine tackle, into touch, on Codie Taylor!
51 The kings string several phases together, inside the Crusaders' half, but lose possession when Hadleigh Parkes knocks on a difficult pass from Catrakilis.
49 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 41-13. It's a flawless kicking display from the All Blacks pivot who adds to his side's lead from the kicking tee!
48 TRY, CRUSADERS, TODD! 39-13. The Crusaders launch another drive from a line-out and this time it's Matt Todd that dives in from close quarters!
46 The Kings front row is penalised for an early engagement at a scrum. Carter puts the ball into touch deep inside the Kings' 22.
43 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 34-13. Carter succeeds with the three-pointer after David Bulbring is pinned for a ruck infringement.
40 Carter gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered inside the Kings' 22 and when the ball comes out to Catrakilis he boots it upfield.
Half Time: Crusaders 31 Kings 13
40 CONVERSION, KINGS, CATRAKILIS! 31-13. Catrakilis adds the extras to narrow the gap! That's the final act of the half and the teams head into the sheds. The Crusaders have been dominant but that last try will give the Kings something to smile about. They'll be playing catch-up for the rest of the game, that's for sure!
40 TRY, KINGS, VAN DER WALT! 31-11. The Kings launch a drive from aline-out on the Crusaders' five-metre line and Wimpie van der Walt dots down under a mass of bodies!
36 The Kings take the ball through several phases but losse momentum when Petersen goes down under a big hit from Crockett!
32 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 31-6. Carter's got his kicking boots on tonight and adds another two-pointer!
31 TRY, CRUSADERS, HEINZ! 29-6. Willie Heinz breaks through two tackles and gets in for side's bonus-point try!
28 Sergeal Petersen gathers a loose pass close to the Crusaders' 22! He juggles the ball, which puts him off stride, and Willie Heinz tackles him into touch.
25 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 24-6. Carter succeeds with another two-pointer to add to his side's growing lead!
24 TRY, CRUSADERS, G WHITELOCK! 22-6. The Crusaders launch a drive from a line-out on the Kings' five-metre line and George Whitelock dives over once they get close to the try-line!
21 PENALTY, KINGS, CATRAKILS! 17-6. Catrakilis adds another three-pointer after Matt Todd is penalised for side-entry at a ruck.
19 Sergeal Petersen is played off the ball by Luke Romano. The referee awards a penalty to the Kings and Catrakilis puts the ball out on the Crusaders' 22-metre line.
16 Catrakils gets a chance to add to his side's tally from the kicking tee, after the Crusaders are penalised, but is effort is just short of the cross-bar.
14 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 17-3. Carter adds another two-pointer to push his side further in front.
13 TRY, CRUSADERS, CROCKETT! 15-3. Wyatt Crockett runs onto a pass from Willie Heinz and barges over from close quarters!
10 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 10-3. Carter succeeds with another spot-kick after the Kings are blown up for a ruck infringement.
6 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 7-3. Dan Carter adds the extras to extend his side's lead!
5 TRY, CRUSADERS, G WHITELOCK! 5-3. The Crusaders strike back immediately as George Whitelock rounds off a sustained period of pressure, inside the King's 22, in the left-hand corner!
3 PENALTY, KINGS, CATRAKILIS! 0-3. Catrakilis gets the game's first points after the Crusaders infringe at a ruck.
Demetri Catrakils gets us underway! His kick is deep but Sam Whitelcok gathers despite great pressure from the Kings forwards.
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