Super Rugby

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Kick-off local time : Fri, 21 February 2014 - 19h35
Kick-off : Fri, 21 February 2014 - 08h35
Venue : Christchurch
Referee : Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Crusaders Chiefs
Tries Sam Whitelock (48min) James Lowe (80min)
Penalties Tom Taylor (73min) Aaron Cruden (39min) and Aaron Cruden (45min)
Conversions Tom Taylor (49min) Aaron Cruden (80min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Dominic Bird (36min) Ben Tameifuna (40min)
Red cards
Minute Commentary


The Crusaders surge into the 22 and look dangerous as they spread it wide, but as Tuitavake looks to put away Corey Flynn into a gap out wide James Lowe shoots up to grab an intercept! Dagg chases him but the Chiefs replacement has the pace to go all the way to score the TRY! Cruden lands the conversion and the Crusaders are denied a bonus point as well! FULL TIME! What a start to Round 2 of Super Rugby! The Crusaders had all the chances and almost all of the ball but they missed seven penalty attempts and wasted their opportunities to score. The Chiefs put in a champions performance, took their chances and put their bodies on the line to secure victory. Join us later for more LIVE COMMENTARY when Cheetahs host the Bulls in Bloemfontein.


The Crusaders build a few phases but it squirts out of their ruck and the Chiefs hack it clear. The Crusaders have to build from deep


The scrum collapses. We reset and the clock continues to wind down. The crowd is growing impatient


Shortly after the kick off the Chiefs manage to knock the ball on, giving the Crusaders a scrum just inside the visitors as the time ticks away


Pulu clears but not very far as the Crusaders regather. The home side don't make much of the opportunity but a Chiefs chaser was in front of the kicker and Taylor gets a chance to close the gap. He kicks the PENALTY


The Crusaders launch again from the scrum but Willi Heinz loses the ball forward just over 5 metres from the line. Big defence from Cruden


The Crusader maul it from the lineout, it falls to ground and the Chiefs are penalised just a metre short. They go again but this time the maul collapses and it's a 5m scrum to the Crusaders


The Crusaders attack again, building the phases once more but the visitors stray offside at the ruck. Taylor kicks for the corner and the Chiefs are running out of replacements. Tevita Koloamatangi, who came back on, now has to be helped off the field with severe cramp


Cruden clears and Dagg runs it back and gives the ball to Tuitavake but the Crusaders lose it again and Tikoirotuma clears his lines well


The onslaught continues as the Crusaders batter away in the Chiefs' 22. A good half break from Tuitavake adds momentum but yet again a knock on halts their surge. It's looking ominous for the Chiefs but they are holding on at the moment


Play restarts with a Crusaders scrum. They win a penalty for the Chiefs front row losing their binds. Both Retallick and Afeaki have failed their concussion tests on the sideline. Taylor misses the penalty attempt


Cruden clears after the scrum but it's only as far as Tuitavake who runs it back strongly. The Crusaders build the phases but are stopped just metres out from the line when referee Chris Pollock stops the play because of two head injuries. Brodie Retallick and Ben Afeaki have clashed heads and drawn blood and both look very groggy


Matt Todd is on and makes a strong break as the Crusaders power into the 22. The ball is spread wide but Reynold Lee-Lo loses the ball and the Chiefs can breathe again


The home side make their way up the field and Tim Nanai-Williams stops the momentum by putting his hands into the ruck. Taylor will have another shot at goal from right on the left hand side touchline, but he misses


The Chiefs try to strike back but Augustine Pulu is penalised after holding on. The Crusader can clear from their own half


CONVERSION - The Crusaders finally convert a kick as Taylor lands the conversion from wide out


Taylor kicks for the corner and the Crusaders setup a lineout just 15m out. Sam Whitelock wins the ball and just turns around and sets off! The Chiefs were expecting the Crusaders to form a maul but they never did. No one tackles Whitelock and he goes all the way to score a TRY!


The Chiefs attack inside the Crusaders 22 led by some elusive running from Cruden who looks very sharp. George Whitelock lies all over the ball just meters from the lie and gets penalised and a YELLOW CARD for his professional foul. Cruden adds the PENALTY


The Crusaders look fired up and start strongly, surging into the 22, but they lose it forward and the Chiefs launch a counter. Ngatai makes a good break and feeds Asaeli Tikoirotuma who gives it to Fruean who basketball passes inside to Cruden who charges for the line. But McNicholl makes a try saving tackle and Cruden knocks the ball forward


Tom Taylor has replaced Bleyendaal at half-time and gets us underway for the second forty!


The Crusaders attack from a scrum on halfway and fail to make much of an impression through multiple phases. They win a penalty though when Ben Tameifuna enters a ruck from the side to earn himself a YELLOW CARD. Bleyendall has another shot at goal but he misses once more. That is HALF-TIME. The Crusaders enjoyed more of the ball in the first period but didn't take their chances. The Chiefs did and they enjoy an 8-0 lead at the break.


PENALTY - The Crusaders concede another penalty as Tim Perry tackles Cruden by the collar in a very dangerous tackle. The Chiefs captain makes him pay and adds three points


YELLOW CARD - Dominic Bird sticks his hands in a ruck and as the team's were on a warning he will spend 10 minutes in the sin bin


Bleyendaal misses his fourth penalty attempt and he hooks this one


Jamie Mackintosh is in a bit or trouble here. He smashes Richie McCaw off the ball with a shoulder to the face. The TMO is called into play but the big prop is lucky, as just a penalty is the result. Bleyendaal has another shot at goal


The Crusaders go from side to side trying to breach the Chiefs' defence, but they can't. The defending champions are holding firm, and eventually Luke Whitelock knocks the ball forward


A bit of frantic end-to-end action ensues with the Chiefs having their fare share of possession and it ends with Mils Muliaina chipping down field and Bleyendaal putting it out for a lineout. Which the Chiefs lose once more as Marshall's throw is not straight


Bleyendaal misses again. The Crusaders will be starting to worry. They do have the reliable boot of All Black Tom Taylor on the bench


Charlie Ngatai now gets pinged for side entry at a ruck. Referee Chris Pollock has a word to the captains, warning that yellow cards are on the way soon if the penalties don't stop. Bleyendaal has another shot at goal from 45m


The Chiefs build the phases inside the 22 but are eventually penalised for holding on. McCaw wins the penalty this time. Bleyendaal clears


The penalties continue as Bird and McCaw stray offside at a ruck. Cruden kicks for the corner and finds touch inside the 22


The home side try to spread the ball wide again but the Chiefs defence is standing firm as they force another turnover. McCaw penalised


The Chiefs lose another line-out. It's not straight this time from Rhys Marshall


The Crusaders attack inside the Chiefs' 22 once more as Dagg runs strongly, but the fullback is penalised for holding on.


Bleyendaal pushes his attempt to the right this time. Not the best start for the young flyhalf


The Chiefs are in front of the kicker from the 22 drop out. Scrum to the Crusaders. They make nothing of it though as the home side knocks on but a few phases later Koloamatangi is penalised for not rolling away. Bleyendaal will have another attempt at goal


From the kickoff the Crusaders win a penalty. It's against Mike Fitzgerald for obstruction. Tyler Bleyendaal hooks the penalty attempt badly.


TRY - The Crusaders steal the Chiefs line-out but nothing comes of it as Johnny McNicholl kicks the ball away. The Chiefs counter attack and Robbie Fruean scores! Liam Messam feeds Fruean on the leftt hand side and the big former Crusaders centre beats two or three defenders to charge over. The conversion is missed from the touchline


The Crusaders dominate the Chiefs put in at scrumtime but Richie McCaw strays offside from the following ruck and the Chiefs can clear


The Crusaders surge into the Chiefs' 22 once more. The Chiefs hold firm on defence though and force a turnover just 5 metres out from the line


The first scrum of the game goes well for the Chiefs. Cruden kicks ahead but Robbie Fruean can't gather. Liam Messam doesn't roll away after making a tackle and it's another penalty to the Crusaders


The home side kick out down field and win their own line-out. They build the phases inside the Chiefs' half. Ryan Crotty slips a good pass away but Nafi Tuitavake knocks on


The Crusaders set-up a maul from the kick-off but Andy Ellis' pass goes straight into touch. Tevita Koloamatangi is penalised from the resultant line-out


Aaron Cruden kicks off and we're underway!


The players are making their way out onto the field. The Chiefs led by Aaron Cruden and the Crusaders led by Richie McCaw and it's almost time for kick-off!


The Chiefs went on to win the title last year though and the back-to-back defending champions will be looking to strike an early blow to the seven-times champion Crusaders in their own back yard


The last time the sides met in Christchurch was in the group stages in 2013 and the Crusaders overwhelmed the Chiefs 43-15


The intense rivalry between these two team has grown over the last two years. They met at the Super Rugby semifinal stage in 2012 and 2013 and the Chiefs won on both occasions. 20-17 in 2012 and 20-19 in 2013


The Chiefs have enjoyed dominance in this fixture over the last few years. The men from Waikato have won 4 out of the last 6 battles with the Crusaders


There is some cloud cover, but it is dry in Christchurch the moment. Hopefully the weather stays fair throughout the game


This weekend sees the first full round of fixtures with the teams from New Zealand and Australia featuring for the first time


Welcome to the AMI Stadium, in Christchurch, for this mouthwatering clash to open Round 2 of Super Rugby!
15 Israel Dagg
14 Kieron Fonotia
13 Ryan Crotty
12 Dan Carter
11 Colin Slade
10 Nemani Nadolo
9 Andy Ellis
8 Kieran Read
7 Matt Todd
6 Richie McCaw
5 Sam Whitelock
4 Dominic Bird
3 Owen Franks
2 Corey Flynn
1 Wyatt Crockett

23 Johnny McNicholl
22 Tom Taylor
21 Willi Heinz
20 Jordan Taufua
19 Jimmy Tupou
18 Nepo Laulala
17 Joe Moody
16 Ben Funnell
15 Dwayne Sweeney
14 Asaeli Tikoirotuma
13 Tim Nanai-Williams
12 Bundee Aki
11 James Lowe
10 Aaron Cruden
9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
8 Liam Squire
7 Tanerau Latimer
6 Liam Messam
5 Brodie Retallick
4 Michael Fitzgerald
3 Ben Tameifuna
2 Mahonri Schwalger
1 Jamie Mackintosh

23 Tom Marshall
22 Gareth Anscombe
21 Augustine Pulu
20 Tevita Koloamatangi
19 Matt Symons
18 Nick Barrett
17 Pauliasi Manu
16 Nathan Harris