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Stormers v Crusaders - Live
Stormers 14 Crusaders 19
80 There are some heart-stopping moments here as the Stormers go in search of a try but the Crusaders defend manfully as Bekker, De Villiers, Damian de Allende and Brok Harris are all stopped short of the line! The ball goes out to Pietersen, who is bundled into touch, close to the corner flag, by three defenders! That's the ball game as referee Craig Joubert blows his whistle to bring proceedings to a close. What a frenetic end to this match, but in the end, it's the Crusaders' defence that pulled them through!
78 The Crusaders try to clear their line from a scrum inside their 22. The ball comes out to Tom Marshall but his kick slices off his boot and they gain very little ground.
76 The Stormers are trying desperately to get something from this match. They attack deep inside the Crusaders' 22 and take the ball through nine phases until Deon Fourie knocks on!
73 Taufua is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle. Pietersen puts the ball out inside the Crusaders' 22.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 14-19. Bleyendaal adds another three-pointer after Brok Harris is penalised for a scrum infringement.
67 Jordan Taufua comes on as a replacement for Luke Whitelock. He makes an immediate impact when he carries the ball strongly across the gain line.
64 Ryan Crotty does well when he gathers a loose pass from Fruean and spins out of two tackles before going to ground.
61 Nic Groom does well with a clearance kick, from deep inside his 22, which goes into touch just inside the Crusaders' half.
60 Bleyendaal keeps the Stormers on the back-foot when he puts a cross kick into touch inside the home side's 22.
PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN! 14-16. Pietersen cancels out Bleyendaal's penalty after Luke Whitelock is pinned for going off his feet at a ruck.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 11-16. Bleyendaal makes theStormers pay for Vermeulen's indiscretion when he slots the place-kick!
YELLOW CARD, STORMERS, VERMEULEN! Duane Vermeulen will spend the next 10 minutes on the sidelines after he is sent off for a tip-tackle on Zac Guilford.
52 The Stormers are under the cosh at a scrum inside their 22. The Crusaders attack with Robbie Fruean but he is brought to ground by a brave tackle, in front of the posts, by Elton Jantjies!
49 The Crusaders are on the attack inside the Stormers' 22. They take the ball through an incredible 26 phases! The home side's defence is resilient, however, and manage to weather the storm!
45 The Stormers attack with their forwards and Duane Vermeulen carries strongly. It takes a two defenders to bring him to ground but he has won valuable ground for his side.
42 Bleyendaal launches another tactical kick behind the Stormers' defensive line but Pietersen's positioning is excellent and he returns that kick with one of his own which sails into touch close to the halfway line.
40 Tyler Bleyendaal gets the second half started with a kick which De Kock Steenkamp gathers. He sets up a ruck and the ball comes out to Joe Pietersen who boots the ball upfield.
Stormers 11 Crusaders 13
40 Dewald Duvenhage hoists a box kick which Tom Marshall gathers inside his 22. He puts the ball into touch and the hooter goes to signal half-time. It's been a half where the Stormers started brightly but the Crusaders have come back strongly during the latter stages and go into the break with a slender lead.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 11-13. Bleyendaal puts the visitors in front for the first time in this match after Deon Fourie plays the ball on the ground at a ruck.
35 Bleyendaal does well with a 30-metre chip kick which rolls into touch midway between the Stormers' 22 and the halfway line.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 11-10. Bleyendaal narrows the gap, to a single poin,t after Duane Vermeulen is penalised for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
29 Bleyendaal takes a shot at goal, after Jantjies holds onto the ball on the ground. His effort is just wide of the posts.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 11-7. Tyler Bleyendaal adds the extras to narrow the gap!
TRY, CRUSADERS, TODD! 11-5. Matt Todd runs onto a pass from Sam Whitelock, at pace, and scores under the uprights!
PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN! 11-0. Pietersen makes no mistake from the kicking tee after Sam Whitelock is pinned for not rolling away at a ruck.
20 The Crusaders attack from a line-out. The ball goes out to Fruean, who is brought to ground by a combined effort from Jantjies and Jean de Villiers.
18 The Crusaders take the ball through several phases but gain little ground as they are met by a wall of defenders!
TRY, STORMERS, KOLISI! 8-0. The Stormers launch a drive from a line-out and Siya Kolisi barges over from close quarters!
14 Wyatt Crockett is penalised for playing the ball on the ground. Jantjies puts the ball into touch, five metres from the Crusaders' try-line!
12 De Kock Steenkamp puts in a massive hit on George Whitelock, who knocks on! The Stormers' backs gather and launch an attack from inside their own half.
11 Elton Jantjies knocks on and the Crusaders launch a counter-attack! They fail to capitalise, however, as Fruean throws a pass into touch.
PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN! 3-0. Joe Pietersen makes no mistake from the kicking tee after the Crusaders forwards are penalised for playing the ball from man offside position.
7 Pietersen puts the ball into touch, on the Crusaders' 22, after Owen Franks is blown up for an infringement at a ruck.
4 Willie Heins does well with a box kick which goes over the Stormers backs' heads and rolls into touch inside the home side's 22.
2 McNicholl runs onto a pass from Robbie Fruean. He's through a gap but is brought to ground by a great cover tackle from Pietersen deep inside the Stormers' 22!
Kick-Off And we're off! Joe Pietersen starts the match with a deep kick which Johnny McNicholl gathers. The young wing runs into Siya Kolisi and sets up a ruck inside his 22.
Team News Crusaders flanker George Whitelock will captain the seven-times champions after Kieran Read was ruled out with a toe injury. The Crusaders are also minus Dan Carter, who is not touring with the side, as his wife is due to give birth in New Zealand. Luke Whitelock and Tyler Bleyendaal replace Read and Carter in th starting XV. Israel Dagg was set to return to the run-on side but he was forced to withdraw, earlier today, with a tight hamstring. Tom Marshall has been shifted to the number 15 jersey, with Zac Guildford coming onto the right wing.
Team News Stormers boss Allister Coetzee has made two changes to his starting line-up. Pat Cilliers returns to the run-on side at loosehead prop in place of the suspended Steven Kitshoff. The other change is also in the front-row, with hooker Tiaan Liebenberg (elbow) a late injury-victim. He is replaced by Deon Fourie. Brok Harris and Martin Bezuidenhout come onto the bench respectively.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the world famous Newlands Stadium in Cape Town for this Super Rugby clash between our hosts, the Stormers, and the Crusaders. The Stormers are on a high after handing the Brumbies their first defeat of the season last weekend while the Crusaders impressed in their victory over the Kings.
Updates to appear here at 18:55 local (16:55 GMT)
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