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  • Fonotia,
    Penalty goals: Taylor (3),
14 - 13

Stormers

  • de Allende,
    Penalty goals: Catrakilis (2),
    Conversions: Catrakilis,
  • Super Rugby
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  • 8th Mar 2014
  • KO 06:35
  • Ground: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Crusaders v Stormers - Live

Last updated: 8th March 2014  

Full Time80 Full-time: Crusaders 14-13 Stormers

79 Breakdown penalty won by the Crusaders at the ideal time. The hooter goes after they kick to touch so the line-out must be won, which they do, and then the ball is unplayable. Game over in Christchurch.

78 It's all the Stormers right now though as they set up camp on the 22. Nizaam Carr was almost over but for a superb tackle and then McNicholl saved his side, ripping the ball off the flank. Breathless.

Penalty75 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR. 14-13. The hosts are back in front after Rhodes was seen to be offside. Burger exits the field, joining Kitshoff, Malherbe and Catrakilis in taking their leave from the game.

74 Has the momentum now swung at a crucial time? Good defensive work against the Stormers maul sees the home side win a penalty so up they go into South African territory once again. Key moments here.

71 Taylor's conversion from wide out is missed. Vital.

TRY70 TRY, CRUSADERS, FONOTIA. 11-13. The pressure pays off and it's the replacement who goes over. Simple hands after the damage was done led to the score.

68 A scrum penalty helps the home side's cause though as the ball is sent to within 30 metres. Here they come down the blindside of the resulting line-out.

66 So a converted try would draw things level but the Crusaders have 50 plus metres to find before that happens. And against this defence, can you see it?

Penalty62 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR. 6-13. The gap is cut.

61 What a break from Heinz as the match suddenly comes to life. The scrum-half slices through into the 22 but good scrambling defence sees the Stormers get back but also cough up a penalty. Tee is called.

58 Nepo Laulala and Kieron Fonotia are also on for the Crusaders but they don't have the ball right now as a handling error means play is set to restart with a Stormers scrum.

55 Oh dear. Catrakilis has overcooked a touch-finder so we will come back to halfway as the Crusaders send on fresh legs in Tim Perry and Ben Funnell.

Conversion52 CONVERSION, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS. 3-13. Two more.

TRY51 TRY, STORMERS, DE ALLENDE. 3-11. Wow. Burger it was returning the ball to halfway before an inside pass put De Villiers through a hole. His chip kick over the top led to De Allende collecting to dive over.

49 It is very quiet at AMI Stadium right now as the Crusaders struggle for ball and territory. Surely changes are coming up from head coach Blackadder.

PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS. 3-6. The Crusaders had offended so we come back anyway. Stormers lead.

45 Oh the Stormers have butchered a try there. Taute had to draw the last man and then feed Kobus van Wyk on the right wing but instead kept hold. It gets worse for the full-back as he suffered an injury in contact and is replaced by Tagicakibau.

43 No, as Fourie wins a penalty that results in the Crusaders knocking on via Slade on his ten-metre. This is un-Crusader like and the fans are worried.

41 Welcome back to this Super Rugby clash that is try-less thus far. A poor start from the Stormers sees Taute kick down the throat of Read as play comes back to the visiting 22. Early chance coming maybe.

Half Time40 Half-time: Crusaders 3-3 Stormers

39 Mistakes still prominent here though as first the Crusaders line-out is stolen before Catrakilis is guilty of kicking the ball out on the full. Final chance for the Crusaders now then, 20 metres out.

38 The tide has turned here then as the Stormers look to have weathered that early storm and seem to be the fresher looking side, enjoying ball on the 22.

Penalty35 PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS. 3-3. So close for De Villiers as he comes up just short when attempting to ground the ball against the upright from close range. We come back for an earlier offence though.

34 Stormers fly-half Catrakilis decides to take more territory and grubbers into the 22. Odd call? But then again, the line-out has not been going well for either side thus far.

32 Malherbe is the man now doing the ugly work for his team-mates as he wins a breakdown penalty close to the halfway line. Finally, the Stormers can get out of their own half, setting up camp 30 metres out.

28 They are not out of their half just yet though as back come the Crusaders on the ten-metre. Will the hosts regret snubbing the available points? Maybe.

26 The men from Cape Town survive thanks to Franks holding Burger in a ruck. Catrakilis can clear after a superb defensive shift from his team.

23 Another penalty coming for the Crusaders and this time the home side opt for the line-out, five out.

21 The Crusaders turn down the three though. Scrum is coming up in what you sense is a pivotal spell in this first-half. Will the Stormers defence break?

19 Unbelievable stuff. Matt Todd capitalised on some loose ball, kicking downfield before the Crusaders threw everything at the visitors' line. The South Africans survived but at the expense of a penalty.

17 Now we are gifted to some expansive action as the Crusaders and then Stormers enjoy periods of good rugby. The Stormers are in the home 22 right now.

14 But now prop Franks offends at scrum time so the Stormers can escape their 22 with ease. Well, if the teams can get their line-outs sorted we might have some rugby, this time Scarra Ntubeni misfires.

11 A few errors early on from both teams as the away side now miss touch from a penalty before Taylor loses the ball after being hit hard by Steenkamp. Result, a Stormers scrum on the home ten-metre but unfortunately for them Franks wins another penalty.

8 Owen Franks now gets the better of Steven Kitshoff at scrum time, handing easy metres for the hosting team. But, again, Corey Flynn's throw isn't taken.

Penalty5 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR. 3-0. Not rolling away against Schalk Burger so easy points for Taylor.

3 Good defence at ruck time from the Crusaders though forces a penalty so they survive that early attack. Play is now on the Stormers ten-metre, home throw.

1 Here we go then as Demetri Catrakilis kicks us off before an early mistake from Tom Taylor sees him kick out on the full. Blackadder won't be happy.

The Stormers have made four changes as De Kock Steenkamp, Schalk Burger, Nic Groom and Michael Rhodes start. New signing Sailosi Tagicakibau is handed a place on the bench after switching from London Irish while fly-half Peter Grant joins the Samoan wing among the replacements for this game.

The Crusaders are without Richie McCaw this week due to injury while Andy Ellis is on bench duty so Matt Todd and Willi Heinz start. Johnny McNicholl, Israel Dagg, Luke Whitelock, Wyatt Crockett and Luke Romano also come into Todd Blackadder's side for the team's third fixture of the new campaign.

Hello from AMI Stadium where the Crusaders are looking to claim their first win of the 2014 season. The Stormers are no pushovers though as last week's gritty victory over the Hurricanes proved and we subsequently expect a low scoring game today. Allister Coetzee's side do prefer the direct route and with the Crusaders struggling to break the line recently, against the Chiefs and Blues, it should be tight. Team news coming up.

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