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  • Super Rugby
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  • 30th May 2014
  • KO 08:35
  • Ground: AMI Stadium, Christchurch

Crusaders v Western Force - Live

Last updated: 30th May 2014  

Full Time Crusaders 30 Western Force 7

Conversion80 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, SLADE! 30-7. Slade adds the easy two-pointer and the final whistle goes to bring proceedings to a close. The Crusaders have dominated from the outset and are deserved winners! The Force were battling from the beginning and never looked like they would win this one.

80 TRY, CRUSADERS, PENALTY TRY! 28-7. The Force are penalised for illegal scrummaging and the Crusaders opt to take another scrum. The hooter has sounded and the hosts go for a push-over try. Ebersohn thinks the ball is out, but it is not, and he's blown up for being offside. The Crusaders take another scrum and this time the visitors' front row capitulate under the pressure! The set-piece collapses and the referee has no option but to award another penalty try!

80 The Crusaders attack from a scrum inside the Force's 22! They are soon close to the visitors' try-line but Luke Whitelock knocks on a Willie Heinz pass with the try-line at his mercy.

78 Kieran Read intercepts a wayward Ebersohn pass, inside his 22, and sets off towards the visitors' try-line! The cover defence closes in but he gets the ball out to McNicholl, who is tackled into touch close to the corner flag by Cummins!

75 Luke Whitelock carries well but is penalised when he holds onto the ball on the ground, just outside his 22. Ebersohn kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Crusaders' five-metre line.

Conversion73 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 23-7. Slade adds another two-pointer to extend the home side's lead!

72 TRY, CRUSADERS, PENALTY TRY! 21-7. Referee Mike Fraser awards the hosts a penalty try after the visitors' forwards pull a maul down close to their try-line.

Yellow Card71 YELLOW CARD, WESTERN FORCE, WYKES! Sam Wykes will spend the rest of the game in the sin bin after illegally collapsing a Crusaders maul close to his try-line.

69 Taylor takes the ball into contact, just outside his 22 but Wykes does well to win a crucial turnover and the force gain a reprieve.

66 The Force take the ball into contact and are soon camped on the edge of the Crusaders 22. They've taken the ball through 30 phases but can't breach thr home side's defence.

66 The Force take the ball into contact and are soon camped on the edge of the Crusaders 22. They've taken the ball through 30 phases but can't breach thr home side's defence.

63 The Force attack with Haylett-Petty but he loses the ball in contact and Dagg gathers before booting the ball upfield.

60 The ball is spun wide to Cummins, who kicks ahead but Slade deals with it easily. He passes to Dagg, who sets up a ruck despite the attentions of several defenders.

57 The Force are back on the attack inside the Crusaders' 22. Sam Wykes takes the ball into contack but is pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground.

54 Jayden Hayward takes the ball into contact, just outside the home side's 22 but Sam Whitelock does well to win a turnover! The ball goes out wide to Dagg who hoofs it into touch close to the Force's 22-metre line.

52 The Force take the ball wide close to their 10-metre line but Hodgson knocks on after taking a huge hit from Jordan Taufua!

Conversion50 CONVERSION, WESTERN FORCE, EBERSOHN. 16-7. Ebersohn adds the extras to narrow the gap to nine points!

TRY49 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, HAYLETT-PETTY! 16-5. Haylett-Petty runs onto a pass from Prior,deep inside the Crusaders' 22, and spins out of three tackles before scoring under the uprights!

48 Cummins gathers a pass from Dane Haylett-Petty inside the hosts' 22 and sets off towards the try-line. He gets over the line but Dagg and McNicholl do well to hold him up.

46 The visitors take the ball through a couple of phases, outside their 22. Ben Funnell is penalised for being offside and Ebersohn kicks for touch, putting the ball inside the Crusaders' 22.

44 The Force are under the cosh, just outside their 22. Prior throws a poor pass to Ebersohn, who tries to clear his line but his effort is charged down by Bird again! Thankfully, for the visitors, the ball goes into touch.

41 Ebersohn gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Ellis. He offloads to Nadolo, who hits the deck five metres outside his 22.

Half Time Crusaders 16 - 0 Force

Penalty40 PENALTY, CRUSADER,SLADE! 16-0. Slade adds another three-pointer, after several Force defenders stray offside at a ruck. That's the final act of the half as the referee blows his whistle shortly afterwards. It's been all Crusaders and they hold a deserved lead. The Force have been struggling and will have to up the ante, after the break, if they want something from this game.

40 The Crusaders are on the attack inside the Force's half and Dagg puts a grubber kick through for McNicholl to chase! The flyer gathers but puts a foot into touch just outside the visitors' 22.

37 Ebersohn kicks for touch but Nadolo gathers in field and sets off on a run and beats three defenders! He is eventually brought to ground by Matt Hodgson inside the visitors' 22.

35 Longbottom is penalised for illegal scrummaging and Slade puts the resulting penalty into touch just inside the Force's 22.

32 Jordan Taufua sets off on a run and is stopped just short of the force's line! The ball is recycled quickly and Dagg and Taylor take the ball through the hands and the ball comes out to McNicholl, who dots down in the corner again! His effort is disallowed, however, as the TMO rules that Tim Perry has taken out Ebersohn off the ball in the build-up!

29 For the first time, the Force string together multiple phases and they are soon close to the Crusaders' 22. Dellit then stabs a grubber kick through which Dagg gathers and he sends the visitors back with a kick which sails into touch just outside the Force's 22.

Conversion26 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, SLADE! 13-0. Slade lands the difficult two-pointer, from close to the touchline to extend the home side's lead!

TRY25 TRY, CRUSADERS, MCHNICHOLL! 11-0. Israel Dagg sets off on an attacking run, inside the Force's 22, and beats a couple of defenders before passing to Johnny McNicholl who gets in at the left-hand corner!

Penalty23 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 6-0. Slade doubles his team;s lead after Ollie Hoskins, who is on temporarily for Kieran Longbottom, is penalised for illegal scrummaging.

21 The Crusaders are hammering away at the Force's try-line! Richie McCaw and Bird are both stopped just short as the visitors' defence holds firm.

19 Brynard Stander is penalised for playing the ball from an offside position, after Jayden Haward knocks on. Slade kicks for touch and puts the ball out deep inside the Force's 22.

16 Ebersohn tries to clear with a kick into touch but his effort is charged down by Dominic Bird! The big lock chases the ball but is just too late as it rolls over the dead-ball line!

14 Andy Ellis makes a break and throws a long pass to Nadolo, who is tackled into touch, inside the Force's 22, by Nathan Charles!

Penalty12 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 3-0. Colin Slade gets the game''s first points, from the kicking tee, after Angus Cottrell is pinged for offside play at a ruck.

9 Andy Ellis kicks for touch but his effort isn't out and Nic Cummins gathers. He takes on the home side's defence and goes to ground close to the halfway mark.

6 Nadolo gathers a kick from Sias Ebersohn, on the halfway line. He sets off on a run and beats a couple of defenders before throwing a shocking pass into touch on the Force's 22-metre line!

4 The Crusaders are on the attack inside the Force;s half. Kieran Read, Tom Taylor and Israel Dagg are prominent ball carriers and they are soon inside their opponents' 22! The ball goes wide to Ben Funnell, who tries to offload to Nemani Nadolo, but his pass goes into touch close to the corner flag!

1 We're all set! Colin Slade gets us underway with a deep kick which Pat Dellit gathers deep inside his 22. He sets off on a run but is stopped just outside his 22, by the Crusaders forwards, where he sets up a ruck.

Western Force boss Michael Foley has made two changes to his starting XV for this encounter. Back row Brynard Stander and utility back Patrick Dellit are the new faces in the run-on side after last weekend's victory over the Lions in Perth. Stander will start at blindside flanker, while Angus Cottrell shifts to number eight, replacing Wallaby Ben McCalman, who will miss the match due to a groin strain. Dellit returns to the starting line-up at outside centre to form a new-look centre pairing with Chris Tuatara-Morrison. Tuatara-Morrison shifts to inside centre to cover the absence of Luke Burton, who is currently on duty with the Australian U20 squad ahead of next month's IRB Junior World Championship in Auckland.

The Crusaders have made just one change to their starting XV after last weekend's 32-30 victory over the Highlanders in Dunedin. Regular skipper Kieran Read makes his first appearance since the Round 10 clash with the Chiefs. He comes into the run-on side for Luke Whitelock.

Good day and welcome to the AMI Stadium in Christchurch for our live coverage of this Super Rugby hit out between our hosts, the Crusaders, and the Western Force. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.

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