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Crusaders v Reds - Live
Full time Crusaders 38 Reds 9
80 George Whitelock wins a turnover at a ruck and kicks the ball into touch. That's the final act of the half and the home side marches on1 The Crusaders have made a statement with this result and all the other sides left in the competition know the seven-time champions are a real threat if they want to be successful. Unfortunately, the Reds were never in this game. They were on the back-foot from the outset and seldom threatened their opponents.
77 The Reds take the ball through several phases but Richie McCaw, who is on for Todd, wins a turnover at a ruck. The ball comes out to Heinz, who kicks it directly into touch!
75 The Crusaders are turning on the style now and after several players handle the ball, Willie Heinz crashes over the line but loses the ball in the process! That's the first time that the luck has gone the Reds' way in this game!
73 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 38-9. Taylor has taken over the kicking duties from Carter - who has been replaced - but he keeps the momentum going when he adds another three-pointer, after Ed O'Donoghue infringes at a ruck.
70 Dagg launches a chip kick and Beau Robinson tries to gather but knocks on!
68 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 35-9. Carter adds to the Reds' woes when he lands another two-pointer!
67 TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 33-9. Crotty rounds off after Read and Carter combine brilliantly, in the build-up! Carter offloads to Crotty who barges over!
64 The Reds forwards are on the attack, with pick-up-and-goes, inside the Crusaders' 22 but George Whitelock wins a crucial turnover! The ball comes out to Willie Heinz, who boots it upfield.
61 This time it's Owen Franks who is pinned for a scrum infringement. This time the Reds put the ball out close to the Crusaders' try-line and launch an attack from a line-out. The Reds go over the line and Jake Schatz is in control of the ball. However, the TMO rules that no try was scored.
59 Crockett is pinned for illegal scrummaging. Cooper kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres from the halfway mark.
57 The Crusaders are running the Reds ragged! They are soon inside the Queenslanders' 22 and the ball goes through several pairs of hands until Kieran Read knocks on!
55 Cooper gathers a clearance kick in touch and plays quickly! He throws a long pass to Genia but after being alerted by his assistant, the referee rules that the pass was forward.
53 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 28-9. Carter succeeds with another two-pointer to push the home side further in front!
52 TRY, CRUSADERS, MARSHALL! 26-9. Wyatt Crockett makes a break upfield before offloading to Matt Todd. The flanker passes to Tom Marshall who scores his side's third try!
50 Crotty and Dagg combine close to the Reds' 22! Dagg kicks ahead but it's too long and the ball rolls over the dead-ball line.
47 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 21-9. Cooper narrows the gap, with his third penalty, after several Crusaders are pinned for being offside.
45 The Reds take the ball through several phases inside the Crusaders' 22! The home side are not panicking though and defend resiliently.
43 Cooper gets a chance to narrow the gap, after several Crusaders players are pinned for being in front of an Israel Dagg clearance kick. His effort is a poor one and well wide of the uprights!
40 Cooper gets the second half started! Sam Whitelock gathers his kick and sets up a ruck just outside his 22.
Half Time Crusaders 21 Reds 6
40 The Crusaders launch an attack from just outside their 22 and take the ball through several phases! Marshall, Flynn, Carter, Marshall and Guildford are all prominent until George Whitelock piles over the line under a mass of bodies! Referee Peyper checks with the TMO, who once again rules that it's inconclusive whether a try has been scored. That's also the final act of the half and the players head into the sheds for a deserved break. It's been one-way traffic with the Crusaders dominant in all facets of the game. They've controlled the set-pieces, breakdowns, and been far superior on attack and defence. The Reds have been outmuscled and are not playing intelligently. They will have to show greater improvement if they still want to stay in the competition.
39 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 21-6. Ed Quirk is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground and Carter adds to the home side's lead!
36 The Reds attack close to the Crusaders' 22 but George Whitelock does brilliantly when he pounces on Schatz as he goes to the ground. The Reds number eight is eventually penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground and the Crusaders gain a reprieve.
34 The Reds are on the attack, just outside the Crusaders' 22 but lose possession when James Horwill is tackled into touch by Crockett after going on the drive at a line-out.
31 TRY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 18-6. Sam Whitelock makes a devastating break up the middle of the field! He is stopped just outside the Reds' 22 by Feauai-Sautia but the the ball is spun wide and Carter rounds off in the left-hand corner!
29 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 13-6. Ellis and Wyatt Crockett stray offside at a ruck and Cooper makes them pay when he adds another three-pointer!
26 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 13-3. Carter makes up for that earlier miss with another three-pointer for the hosts after James Slipper is pinned for illegal scrummaging!
23 Chris Feauai-Sautia is penalised for not rolling away at the bottom of the ruck and Carter indicates he'll have a crack at goal, from about 48 metres out. His effort is on target but falls just short of the cross-bar.
21 The Reds play quickly when the Crusaders pack is blown up for early engagement at a scrum. Jake Schatz and Greg Holmes carry strongly but the hosts' defence keep them in check with some telling tackles.
19 Ben Lucas takes a shot at goal, after the Crusaders' forwards are penalised for a ruck infringement, but his effort is just wide of the uprights.
17 The Crusaders are on the attack, just outside the Reds' 22 but lose possession when Guildford knocks on a pass from Andy Ellis.
15 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 10-3. Cooper gets the Reds first points, from the kicking tee, after Crotty is penalised for not releasing Ben Lucas in the tackle.
12 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 10-0. Carter adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!
11 TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 8-0. Ryan Crotty takes a crash-ball from Carter and slips past a tackle from Jono Lance before scoring under the posts!
9 The Crusaders take the ball through the backs and the Dagg joins the line at pace! He makes a dash for the try-line but is stopped just short! Luke Romano also has a crack at the line but after consulting his TMO, referee Jaco Peyper rules that no try has been scored.
7 Carter spots a gap behind the Reds' defence and launches a kick which doesn't find touch. Chris Feauai-Sautia gathers and passes to Will Genia, who puts the ball into touch midway between his 22 and the halfway mark.
5 There's a break in play as Dom Shipperley receives medical attention. He stays down after clattering into Israel Dagg. He gets up, however, and is ready to soldier on.
4 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 3-0. Dan Carter gets the game's opening points after the Reds' backs are pinned for straying offside on defence.
2 The Crusaders have a good extended period of play as they take the ball through several phases. Owen Franks, Matt Todd, Zac Guildford and Tom Marshall are prominent ball carriers.
Kick off Dan Carter gets underway! His kick is gathered by Rob Simmons, who goes barging into the opposition.
Team news The return of All Blacks lock Luke Romano is the only change to the Crusaders starting XV for this encounter. Romano has recovered from a high ankle sprain and starts alongside Sam Whitelock in place of Tom Donnelly. Donnelly drops out of the matchday squad as Luke Whitelock provides both lock and loose forward cover on the bench. All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will be on the bench as he makes his first Super Rugby appearance this season after his six-month sabbatical. There is one other change amongst the replacements as the versatile Adam Whitelock, who can cover wing and midfield, replaces Telusa Veainu. Flanker Matt Todd will earn his 50th cap for the Crusaders.
Team news The Reds have been boosted by the return of James Horwill and Will Genia ahead of this play-off. The pair missed out on the Reds' final round match last week due to injuries suffered while on international duty, but make a timely return to fitness. The men from Queensland will however be without key backs Rod Davies (knee) and Mike Harris (hamstring). Harris is replaced in the midfield by Jono Lance while Davies' spot out wide is taken by Chris Feauai-Sautia as part of an all-new wing division that sees Dom Shipperley come in for Luke Morahan. Genia takes over the number nine jersey from Nick Frisby. Centre Anthony Faingaa has not recovered sufficiently from a hamstring strain to take up his place among the replacements. Horwill's injection into the second row is the only change in the pack, with Ed O'Donoghue dropping to the bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to AMI Stadium in Christchurch for our coverage of the first Super Rugby play-off of 2013. The 2011 winners face the seven-time champs for a place in the semi-finals with plenty of sub-plots to keep us intrigued. Don't go away, kick-off is approaching!
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