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80 CRUSADERS 30 - 26 REBELS
79 Here come the Rebels with almost their last chance to win it. Left and right they go before Guildford hits Higginbotham hard to force the fumble. It is a Crusaders scrum on their own 22 as time ticks on.
77 TAYLOR PENALTY! 30-26! An easy one for the centre.
76 This is relentless from the Crusaders as their big forwards crash it up with a penalty advantage being played again. Five metres out...now, will they go for three or risk going for the maximum? Goal it is.
74 The referee is pinging the Rebels here, this time for offside so it is another opportunity for the Crusaders to add three...no, the wind is judged to be too strong so Carter pushes the ball to touch.
71 More good news for the Crusaders as they win another scrum penalty. This one is out of range though.
70 TAYLOR PENALTY! 27-26! The ball drops over the crossbar...just!
69 What a mistake from Woodward though as he boots the ball dead in-goal so we come back for a scrum to the hosts. And it gets worse for the Aussies as they're penalised at that set-piece. Up steps Taylor.
65 Plenty of changes coming on either side here as the likes of Gareth Delve and Dom Bird come on.
64 TAYLOR PENALTY! 24-26! The gap is down to two points with under a quarter of this match remaining.
61 At last some good ball for the Crusaders as they set up camp just outside the Rebels 22. They have a penalty advantage in their pocket and it's eventually blown by Nick Briant. A chance for Taylor then.
59 Funnell is penalised for obstruction so it's an opportunity for Woodward from distance off the tee. That is short from the Rebels back as the sun sets at AMI Stadium. Can the visitors hold on here?
57 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 21-26! Great kick from the touchline as Carter emerges for fly-half Bleyendaal.
56 ROBINSON TRY! 21-24! Well well. The Rebels are ahead after a well-worked short line-out five metres out saw the hooker burrow over. What a result this would be if they can hold on here in Christchurch
54 Woodward misses the conversion as Andy Ellis comes on for Heinz. Still no sign of Carter just yet.
53 O'CONNOR TRY! 21-19! What a try from the Rebels. O'Connor it was who powered over from the left side after a nice offload from Higginbotham. So the conversion will lock things up at 21-21. Amazing stuff.
52 Carter looks to be set to come in the near future as he chats with Aaron Mauger on the sideline. But first the Rebels could be over here if they can shift the ball to the right after O'Connor's initial line bust. Here it comes but...bang...big hit from the onrushing Crotty saves the day for the moment.
50 TAYLOR PENALTY! 21-14! Great low kick from the centre after the Rebels are penalised at scrum time.
48 Nothing comes of that passage though as centre Inman hits Marshall hard, forcing the fumble forward.
46 The Crusaders look to bounce back and are up to the away ten-metre before Scott Fuglistaller doesn't roll away. The home side will look for touch here due to the strong wind blowing into their faces.
44 O'CONNOR PENALTY! 18-14! No mistake from the Wallaby back.
43 The Rebels are in the ascendancy early on here as Dagg's clearance sees a group of Crusaders offside. So that leads to the visitors getting a shot to make it 18-14. The wind is with the Rebels this half.
41 Welcome back to the action with Bleyndaal getting us back underway before the Rebels look to attack wide on the ride through that man Woodward. Seven points is the difference so it is anyone's game.
CRUSADERS 18 - 11 REBELS
40 TAYLOR PENALTY! 18-11! The half ends after Romano makes an excellent break up the middle which leads to Phipps being penalised at the resulting breakdown. Taylor makes the Australians pay on the hooter.
39 O'CONNOR PENALTY! 15-11! Scrum penalty against Franks so that Taylor shot is immediately chalked off.
37 TAYLOR PENALTY! 15-8! The Rebels are penalised in the tackle area so up steps Taylor from wide out.
34 A change for the Crusaders as hooker Flynn is off for Ben Funnell with what seems a permanent move.
32 What a breakout from the Rebels. It was sparked by O'Connor before Pyle and Phipps got their hands on it. However, Inman is hit hard in the end on the visitors ten-metre by Crotty who is feeling that one.
30 Outstanding box kick from Heinz as he puts one right into the corner so it's a pressure throw for Ged Robinson. He passes the test though before O'Connor clears his lines, taking his side 35 metres clear.
28 This is great stuff from the Rebels as they have the Crusaders on the back foot. Woodward involved again before Vuna made metres up to the 22. However, Pyle rolls onto the wrong side so that's that.
26 The conversion was missed by O'Connor.
24 HIGGINBOTHAM TRY! 12-8! The Crusaders are made to pay as recycled ball saw the number eight pick up from the base of a ruck to score on the right wing. So, we have a game on our hands in Christchurch.
23 Big mistake from O'Connor as he punts the ball out on the full after it had been taken back into his 22. He's lucky though as the Crusaders fail to take their own line-out and Vuna breaks with interest.
22 O'CONNOR PENALTY! 12-3! Easy kick for the Wallaby.
21 The Rebels work the phases but the basics are letting them down at the moment. Nonetheless they are inside the 22, eager to get on the board and might do that as G Whitelock rolls onto the wrong side.
18 Good defence from Hugh Pyle and Mitch Inman as George Whitelock is hit hard 25 out. Penalty turnover.
16 Play is on halfway with the Rebels about to throw-in as the late afternoon sunshine comes out in NZ.
14 TAYLOR CONVERSION! 12-0! Simple enough for the inside centre.
13 BLEYENDAAL TRY! 10-0! Too easy. From Willi Heinz's pass, the fly-half dummied and powered over
12 Now a five metre scrum for the Crusaders as the ball is unplayable at the breakdown. Ominous signs.
11 Great from Guildford again as the Crusaders go left off a scrum on halfway before the wing grubbers down the line. Woodward got back to collect but was forced to run out just five metres from his line.
9 That is a superb touch-finder from Tyler Bleyendaal as he puts a ball behind the blindside wing that bounces and rolls into touch just outside the Rebels 22. Carter looks on with a smile from the bench.
6 The Rebels are looking to bounce back here following the missed conversion from wide out, again going through the phases in the Crusaders' half with Woodward looking lethal early on. Entertaining start.
4 GUILDFORD TRY! 5-0! There is a score, but it goes the way of the Crusaders. A breakout from Matt Todd led to quick ball and the Rebels being caught on the back foot. The ball came wide to Israel Dagg who drew two men before finding Zac Guildford. Great finish from the wing for the game's first try.
2 Good start from the Rebels who work the phases up to the 22. How they would love an early score here.
Kick off Here we go then with Jason Woodward kicking off for the Rebels to his right. They reclaim possession.
Team news Robbie Fruean is left out of the 22 this week as Tom Taylor joins Ryan Crotty in the 'Saders midfield. Dan Carter should come off the bench later in the game for the home side so we look forward to that. Meanwhile, the Rebels promote Jarrod Saffy and Tom English to their run-on side for this tough game.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the final game of the Super Rugby weekend. We're in Christchurch for this one as the Crusaders host the Rebels in a game they will want to take five points from. Team news coming up.
|Friday 20th December|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs London Irish|
|Saturday 21st December|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th December|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th December|
|15:00||Northampton vs Bath|
|15:00||Worcester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Sale Sharks|
|Friday 3rd January|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 4th January|
|15:00||London Irish vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|Sunday 5th January|
|15:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 7th February|
|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 8th February|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|Sunday 9th February|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|Friday 14th February|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
|Saturday 15th February|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Worcester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
|Saturday 30th November|
|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
|Sunday 24th November|
|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
|Saturday 23rd November|
|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
|Friday 22nd November|
|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
|Sunday 3rd November|
|Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle|
|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
|Saturday 2nd November|
|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
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