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As it happened: Crusaders v Lions

2015-03-14 00:00
Last Updated at 12:01
14 Mar 07:12


Crusaders win 34-6

14 Mar 07:12
80' - Hooter sounds as the Crusaders are awarded yet another scrum penalty
14 Mar 07:12

80' - Crusaders full value for their win, but not close to the side they should be

Back to the drawing board for the Lions

14 Mar 07:11
80' - Time up on the clock
14 Mar 07:08

76' - Carter adds the conversion and the Crusaders have their bonus point try

Crusaders 34-6

14 Mar 07:08


TRY to the Crusaders a split second after the referee calls "advantage over" following a horrible knock-on in midfield

Cruel luck.

Read the try scorer

14 Mar 07:06
74' - Jantjies gets a breather as Marnitz Boshoff makes an appearance
14 Mar 07:03

72' - Finally we have some play to speak about as the Crusaders rumble upfield

Lions lucky as Nadolo fails to hold on with a massive overlap for the home side

14 Mar 07:01

69' - All sorts of messy at the moment

Crusaders down in their own 22m. A long way from where they need to be for a 4th try

14 Mar 06:55
66' - Crusaders will be searching for the all-important bonus point try in the last 14 minutes of the match
14 Mar 06:55


Crusaders 70%

Clearly the Lions have spent a lot of time in their own half this match

14 Mar 06:50

63' - So close to the 4th try by the Crusaders as Nadolo puts a toe on the touchline before crashing over

Lucky escape for the Lions

14 Mar 06:49
62' - Into the final quarter now and the Crusaders ring the changes
14 Mar 06:48
61' - Lions back to 15 men as Redelinghuys is back on the field
14 Mar 06:47

61' - Carter adds the conversion

Crusaders 27-6

14 Mar 06:46
60' - Oh dear, the man down costing the Lions now as the Crusaders turn over the ball and following a strong run down the left touchline, the home side swing the ball wide and it's a numbers game as Kieron Fonotia evades a last-gasp tackle to score!
14 Mar 06:45
14 Mar 06:44

57' - Carter adds the conversion

Crusaders 20-6

14 Mar 06:43
56' - The Lions had been warned, the Crusaders were moving forward - and sideways it must be said
14 Mar 06:43
14 Mar 06:41

54' - Another penalty to the Crusaders - and another chat with the Lions

Penalty try time soon?

14 Mar 06:40
54' - Penalty to the Crusaders under the posts, but predictably they turn down the 3 points and opt for another scrum
14 Mar 06:39


Jordan Taufua looks certain to score but Jantjies holds him up!

14 Mar 06:37

51' - Carter's penalty HITS THE POST and the Lions fail to secure the ball, knocking it on and it's a scrum

Not ideal for the man-short Lions

14 Mar 06:36


Oooh, not so sure about that one

The Lions scrum had ben far, far better in the second half, but after being warned 30 odd minutes ago, referee shoes Julian Redelinghuys a card

14 Mar 06:34

49' - Crusaders throwing the ball around once again with gay abandon, but eventually cough it up

The current side not a shadow of the side on ages ago when they would've been out of sight by now

14 Mar 06:32


Owen Franks leaves the field, replaced by Nepo Laulala

14 Mar 06:31

46' - OVER!

Tremendous kick by Jantjies as he lands the penalty into the wind

Crusaders 13-6

14 Mar 06:30

45' - Penalty to the Lions as the Crusaders are pinged for a side entry at the ruck

The Lions will indeed have a chance to be the first team to put points on the board in the second half through Elton Jantjies...

14 Mar 06:29
43' - The Crusaders make their NINTH handling error of the match to let the Lions off the hook once again
14 Mar 06:26
41' - Lions not out of the match, but will need to be the next side to score one thinks
14 Mar 06:25
14 Mar 06:12


Crusaders 13-3 as we head for the sheds

Join us in 15 minutes!

14 Mar 06:11

40' - Crusaders giving the ball tremendous air, but going no where to be honest

Carter's pass to McCaw misses its target and goes into touch - as the half-time siren sounds

14 Mar 06:10

39' - Bad by the Lions as they win a free-kick at the scrum as the hosts push early, but then give away an easy penalty when Sampie Mastriet seals off the ball illegal

Crusaders set up an attacking lineout

14 Mar 06:08
37' - Scrappy play as we near half-time in Christchurch
14 Mar 06:07
35' - Lions go on the attack - their first visit into the Crusaders' 22m area in the match - but concede a penalty
14 Mar 06:04

32' - Lions awarded a penalty thanks to more impressive defence

Hallmarks of last weekend when they defended like trojans for almost the full 80 minutes

Robbie Coetzee the man who effected the penalty

14 Mar 06:01

30' - More trouble for the Lions at the scrum as the Crusaders are awarded a penalty

Referee having a stern word with Lions skipper Warren Whiteley

14 Mar 06:00


The Lions have never beaten the Crusaders in Christchurch, but they have been the seven-time Super Rugby champions in Nelson

14 Mar 05:59


And there's the change

McNicholl off, Kieron Fonotia on

14 Mar 05:58


Not looking good for the Crusaders' wing as McNicholl goes down again

They need to get him off

14 Mar 05:57


Jantjies puts up the first points of the match for the visitors

Crusaders 13-3

14 Mar 05:55


Carter converts a somewhat debatable penalty after McCaw looks to be off his feet when turning over the ball

Crusaders 13-0

  • 80'

    Penalty Crusaders! That sums up the game really, another penalty against the Lions at scrum time and Carter boots the ball out to confirm the win. A bonus-point win then for the home side who ground down their spirited opponents, the yellow card and those two quick tries in three minutes settling the contest.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    Chance of a consolation score for the Lions? Driving their way up in the Crusaders 22 before the home side knocks on, giving the Lions a final scrum. Van der Merwe has impressed from the bench so far.

  • 77'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 34-6: The All Black takes his tally to 14 points.

  • 76'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, READ! 32-6: Loose passing from the Lions in their own 22 and Read pounces for the interception score! Too easy to read that one and the number eight is in for the bonus point try.

  • 73'

    Nadolo still dancing down that touchline as he kicks ahead but the bounce of the ball just evades the chasers, Whitelock knocking on. Lions scrum on their 22.

  • 71'

    Lineout won by the Lions but the ball frustratingly goes forward, Crusaders with a scrum five out from their own posts.

  • 70'

    Jantjies with a grubber that bounces kindly, forcing Taylor to find touch inside his 22. Can the Lions strike back? Havili on for his Crusaders debut.

  • 68'

    Just unable to get the phases going the Lions with this rare bit of territory, but they do win a free-kick at the scrum. Attacking in the 22 but that's turned over by Laulala. Slade hoofs it upfield but the ball is in play, Lions at halfway.

  • 65'

    Laulala penalised for not releasing and the Lions can finally clear to touch and get some breathing room. Van der Merwe on at hooker. Penalty for playing the man in the air, Jantjies looking for more territory.

  • 63'

    Crusaders with the lineout outside the Lions 22. Nadolo charging up the touchline and he thinks he's scored, but his foot touched the whitewash. Lions lineout.

  • 61'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 27-6: Extra two and the Crusaders could rack up a big score now.

  • 60'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, FONOTIA! 25-6: Huge break from Nadolo! Bursting up the left and forcing the Lions into desperate defence. So much space now on the other side and the ball goes through the hands to Fonotia, who busts through two tacklers to score! Game over.

  • 58'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 20-6: Easy two and the Lions have a long way back now.

  • 57'

    PENALTY TRY, CRUSADERS! 18-6: You could have put your house on that one. Crusaders driving forward, ball controlled at the base by Read, too much momentum and the referee runs towards the sticks.

  • 55'

    Another penalty! Lions living dangerously and are given a stern warning by the referee for not driving straight. Fourie off, Van Rooyen on.

  • 54'

    Penalty, Crusaders look to set again. This could get ugly. Well, uglier.

  • 53'

    Huge carries from Read and Taufua but Jantjies makes another vital tackle right on the line. Crusaders with a five-metre scrum...

  • 51'

    Carter hits the post with the penalty! It drops to Tecklenburg who knocks on - now this is really dangerous for the Lions with the Crusaders in good position.

  • 50'

    YELLOW CARD, LIONS, REDLINGHUYS! The first bad one of the half as Lions tighthead angles in and goes to the bin! Big blow for the visitors.

  • 48'

    Long old multi-phase attack from the Crusaders but this Lions defence is tenacious, eventually forcing the error. Pinched back though by Whitelock but then Taufua knocks on, plenty of errors in this one. Lions scrum.

  • 46'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 13-6: Great work from the Lions, chasing the kick ahead and getting a penalty as the Crusaders come in at the side. Chance for Jantjies... over! Fine strike and the Lions are within seven.

  • 44'

    Grubber kick from Cronje sits up nicely for Taylor, so back come the Crusaders. Dropped! Funnell unable to take a bad pass Slade and conceding a scrum.

  • 42'

    Romano gets in there to steal the ball from Mostert. Brilliant up-and-under from Taylor sets the Crusaders up outside the Lions 22, but that's a collapsed maul so the visitors get a scrum.

  • 40'

    Short catch and drive from the Crusaders before Kriel gets in there for the steal. Back come the hosts, flinging it wide before Fonotia's pass flies straight out into touch. Won by the Lions who kick to the stands and that'll be half-time - the Lions down by ten but not out of this one yet as the Crusaders struggle to find top gear.

  • 40'


  • 40'

    Second half underway through Carter but Franks is immediately penalised to give the Lions some territory - Jantjies now with the wind behind him.

  • 38'

    First scrum collapses, then the Crusaders are overeager and concede a free-kick. Off goes Mastriet looking for space but he just runs into trouble, getting isolated to concede the penalty. Carter thumps it into the corner.

  • 36'

    Both sides trading kicks before Fonotia finds touch in the Lions half. Knocked on by the home side, handing the Lions a scrum on the edge of their 22.

  • 34'

    Very promising attack for the Lions this, Mapoe running hard again. Ten metres out from the Crusaders' line. Slower ball now as they got over ten phases but they get isolated, Whitelock winning the penalty. Carter to clear.

  • 32'

    Possession turned over by the Lions who clear thanks to Cronje, their defence working very well at the moment as Coetzee stops the next wave by winning a breakdown penalty. Resilient stuff.

  • 30'

    Lions with a scrum 40 metres out but it's more bad news for Redlinghuys, this time penalised for coming in on the angle. Crusaders kick up to the 22.

  • 28'

    McNicholl makes way, replaced by Fonotia.

  • 27'

    Clever low restart from Carter wins the ball back for the Crusaders, McNicholl down again. Over into the Lions 22 but that's good work from the visitors isolating the attacker and winning the penalty.

  • 25'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 13-3: Whitelock penalised immediately from the restart to give Jantjies his first chance of some points. Tricky kick with this wind for a left footer but he curls it in beautifully. Some justice for the visitors after that lucky penalty beforehand. Still behind by ten.

  • 23'

    PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 13-0: Big lead now for the home side as the Lions look to get into the game.

  • 22'

    Worrying signs for McNicholl, who is down with a possible knee injury. He's up and about now trying to run it off.

  • 21'

    Horrible lineout from the Lions and the Crusaders are on the charge, McNicholl nearly through with one man to beat! He tried to offload inside but it goes to a Lion and they manage to clear. Back though come the hosts, winning a lucky penalty as the Lions are pinged for hands in the ruck trying to latch onto McCaw's handling error. Carter looking at the posts.

  • 19'

    Jantjies in clearance mode for the Lions as he struggles with the sun in his eyes. Crusaders and lineout and they go side-to-side trying to get Nadolo into the game. Great carry and offload from Taufua before Carter is bundled into touch.

  • 16'

    PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 10-0: More great power from Crockett, all over Redlinghuys and winning another penalty. It's a gimme for Carter and he delivers for a ten-point lead.

  • 13'

    Slade crashes the ball up and offloads to McNicholl, but the winger can't control the ball and knocks on. Lions scrum in their 22.

  • 12'

    Great work at that scrum from Crockett on Redlinghuys, winning a penalty. Crusaders find touch by halfway and they win a free-kick, opting for the scrum. Lots of space to attack out wide.

  • 11'

    Penalties against both teams ends with Carter missing touch going for a long-range kick, the Crusaders returning the Lions clearance through Taylor who knocks on. Scrum to the Lions just inside the Crusaders half.

  • 8'

    Chance for the Lions to hit back, nice running from Vorster and Mapoe as they get up to the 22. Trying to go wide but just running out of space, a promising passage though. Crusaders win the lineout in their 22 and clear.

  • 6'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 7-0: Easy two for Carter on his return as the hosts take the lead.

  • 5'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, ELLIS! 5-0: Great defence from the Lions, holding out Nadolo before the hosts get another scrum. Ellis is over! The scrum-half darts over by the sticks running onto to Read''s pass for the first try.

  • 3'

    Muller makes a crucial lineout steal for the Lions but they're in real trouble here, a pass back from Jantjies to Coetzee hitting the post and the full-back is hounded in his in-goal area! What a chance for the Crusaders with this scrum five metres out...

  • 2'

    Crusaders go wide but Crotty is thumped in the tackle, the ball going to ground. Play on and the Lions concede a penalty for not rolling away. Carter kicks deep to touch.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this weekend's Super Rugby clash from Christchurch, as the Crusaders host the Lions.

  • 0'

    Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Nemani Nadolo all make their 2015 Super Rugby return when the Crusaders. Read's return sees Jordan Taufua move in on the blindside flank and Richie McCaw will wear the number seven jersey.

  • 0'

    Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday's clash. The bench sees just two changes, with new Lions recruit Andries Ferreira providing lock cover and Springbok fly-half Marnitz Boshoff returning to the matchday 23.

  • 0'

    Sunny skies over AMI Stadium with a decent wind from right to the left which the Crusaders will play into during the first half. Nearly time for kickoff.

  • 0'

    Jantjies puts boot to ball and we're off! Momentarily anyway, as his kick catches the wind and goes out on the full. Crusaders scrum on halfway.

Jump to

Crusaders Lions
  • 4 Tries 0
    • 5' Andrew Ellis
    • 55' Penalty Try
    • 57' Kieron Fonotia
    • 76' Kieran Read
  • 4 Conversions 0
    • 6' Daniel Carter
    • 56' Daniel Carter
    • 58' Daniel Carter
    • 76' Daniel Carter
  • 2 Penalties 2
    • 16' Daniel Carter
    • 23' Daniel Carter
    • 25' Elton Jantjies
    • 46' Elton Jantjies
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 50' Julian Redelinghuys
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Wyatt Crockett
  • Ben Funnell
  • Owen Franks
  • Luke Romano
  • Sam Whitelock
  • Jordan Taufua
  • Richie McCaw
  • Kieran Read
  • Andrew Ellis
  • Colin Slade
  • Nemani Nadolo
  • Daniel Carter
  • Ryan Crotty
  • Johnny McNicholl
  • Tom Taylor
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Corne Fourie
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Franco Mostert
  • Martin Muller
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Ross Cronje
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Sampie Mastriet
  • Harold Vorster
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Andries Coetzee
  • Codie Taylor
  • Joe Moody
  • Nepo Laulala
  • Scott Barrett
  • Luke Whitelock
  • Mitchell Drummond
  • Kieron Fonotia
  • David Kaetau Havili
  • 16
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  • 19
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  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Andries Ferreira
  • Derick Minnie
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Howard Mnisi

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