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As it happened Crusaders 33-24 Blues

2017-03-17 10:20
Last Updated at 03:45
17 Mar 10:27

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17 Mar 10:25
17 Mar 10:18

Yet another stunning comeback from the Crusaders!

Two weeks ago they came back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Highlanders 30-27 in Dunedin.

Last week, they overturned a 17-0 deficit to beat the Reds 22-20 in Brisbane.

This week, they rebound from a 24-5 deficit to beat the Blues 33-24!

17 Mar 10:16
FULL-TIME: Crusaders 33-24 Blues
17 Mar 10:16

80'- Hunt slots the CONVERSION which also takes the bonus point away from the Blues!

17 Mar 10:14
A great dummy from reserve scrumhalf Mitchell Drummond sees him dive over to seal the win!
17 Mar 10:13
79'- TRY to the Crusaders!
17 Mar 10:13
78'- Another scrum penalty to the 'Saders, who decide they will pack down again...
17 Mar 10:12


Crusaders 6:02

Blues 3:17

17 Mar 10:11
77' - The Crusaders have a five-metre scrum next to the Blues uprights. They should be able to close the game out from here...
17 Mar 10:10
76'- The Blues win a turnover right under their own posts but are put under more pressure when Francis drops the ball inside his own in-goal area...
17 Mar 10:09
75'- The hosts however opt for an attacking lineout.
17 Mar 10:08
74'- A kickable penalty for the Crusaders after the Blues are pinged for obstruction, after failing to handle a high ball... Akira Ioane the culprit.
17 Mar 10:07
73'- The Crusaders have overturned a 24-5 deficit to lead heading into the final minutes of the game.
17 Mar 10:06

73'- Hunt slots the easy CONVERSION to put the Crusaders into the lead for the first time in the game.

Crusaders 26-24

17 Mar 10:05
Flyhalf Mitchell Hunt rounds off after several phases of attack from the home side.
17 Mar 10:04
71'- TRY to the Crusaders!
17 Mar 10:03
70'- Crusaders probing inside the red zone...
17 Mar 10:03


Crusaders 14

Blues 10

17 Mar 10:01
67'- Blues flank Jimmy Tupou steals a Crusaders lineout just outside the men from Auckland's 22m area. That could be vital in the outcome of the match!
17 Mar 09:57


Crusaders 39%

Blues 61%

17 Mar 09:56


Crusaders 50%

Blues 50%

17 Mar 09:55
63'- Relief for the Crusaders as Francis pulls his penalty attempt away to the left...
17 Mar 09:53
62'- Crusaders pinged at ruck time to give the Blues a kickable penalty. Francis will line up a shot from close to the touchline...
17 Mar 09:52
60'- Blues subs: Both Blues props are off, with Manu and Tu'ungafasi making way for Prattley and Mafileo.
17 Mar 09:48

58'- Hunt succeeds with the CONVERSION attempt.

Crusaders 19-24 Blues

17 Mar 09:47
Reserve hooker Ben Funnell is over after another powerful driving maul.
17 Mar 09:47
56'- TRY to the Crusaders!
17 Mar 09:46
56'- The Blues have now conceded the last 5 penalties in this game.
17 Mar 09:46
55'- Crusaders sub: Mitchell Drummond on for Bryn Hall at scrumhalf.
17 Mar 09:44
54'- Crusaders with another powerful drive inside the red zone. They win a penalty to set up another lienout five metres out.
17 Mar 09:43
53'- Subs: Luke Romano comes on for Scott Barrett for the Crusaders, while Akira Ioane is on for Cowley-Tuioti for the Blues
17 Mar 09:43
52'- Little bit of a debate about the grounding of that try... the referee opted not to go upstairs to the TMO...
17 Mar 09:42

52'- Hunt slots the CONVERSION from out wide.

Crusaders 12-24 Blues

17 Mar 09:41
Replacement Peter Samu is over near the corner after a powerful driving maul by the home side.
17 Mar 09:40

50'- TRY to the Crusaders!

17 Mar 09:40
50'- Crusaders with an attacking lineout. They have to cash in here if they are to mount a comeback.
17 Mar 09:39
49'- Crusaders subs: Michael Alaalatoa is on for Owen Franks, Wyatt Crockett on for Joe Moody.
17 Mar 09:37

47' - PENALTY slotted by Francis.

Crusaders 5-24 Crusaders

17 Mar 09:36

45'- After another powerful Crusaders scrum, Blues scrunhalf Pulu does well to intercept and surges up-field, where the Blues win a kickable penalty.

This time sanity prevails and they opt for the three points.

17 Mar 09:33
43'- Another remarkable break from Blues centre George Moala brings play back into the red zone. However, he is hauled in just short, before the the Blues subsequently lose possession...
17 Mar 09:31
42'- After 12 phases of attack, the Blues lose possession.
  • 80'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 33-24: Hunt has the final say as he adds two more.

  • 80'

    FULL TIME: The Crusaders have done it again. The comeback kids manages to come from behind yet again, to steal victory here against the Blues, as the visitors go away with nothing.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, DRUMMOND! 31-24: They win the scrum and continued pressure, ensures that Drummond finds a gap and seals the win for the Crusaders.

  • 78'

    The Crusaders win a penalty as the scrum pressure tells. They opt for another scrum.

  • 77'

    They win the line out and maul forward yet again as they look to close this one out. The Blues however does well to turn it over, only to knock it on inside their in goal area. We have a five yard scrum to the Crusaders.

  • 75'

    The Crusaders drive forward again and Ioane gives away a penalty in a kickable position. The Crusaders go for the line out though.

  • 73'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 26-24: Hunt puts the home team in the lead.

  • 72'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 24-24: Francis hoists a deep kick. The Crusaders then launch a massive counter attack and after ten phases and a lot of pressure, Hunt becomes the hero of Cristchurch and SCORES! Great recycling of the ball by the Crusaders.

  • 70'

    The Blues does well and steal the line out. What was that? We have a Blues scrum just inside their half.

  • 68'

    They maul forward after the scrum, but the Crusaders pinch the ball and also win a penalty, as Whitelock does well. The line out is deep inside the Blues half. The Crusaders have been strong in the line out this evening and will back themselves again.

  • 66'

    The Blues win a scrum just inside their opponents half. The scrum collapse twice.

  • 64'

    A huge moment, as Francis misses the penalty and the Crusaders are still within reach.

  • 63'

    Quick hands for the Blues as they drive deeper into Crusaders territory. Pulu almost breaks the line and then the Blues win a penalty, as the Crusaders go off their feet. They go for goal.

  • 61'

    Ioane clears and breaks for the Blues. They win a penalty just inside their half and kick for touch inside their opponents half.

  • 58'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 19-24: It is game on , as Hunt converts.

  • 57'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, FUNNELL! 17-24: They win the line out and maul forward. Great pressure as the Blues give up and Funnell goes over and scores!

  • 56'

    They secure the line out, but the Blues are penalised again for an obstruction in the line out. We have another line out.

  • 55'

    The Crusaders now have the momentum and they win a penalty for offside. They opt for touch again.

  • 53'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 12-24: Hunt narrows the gap.

  • 52'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, SAMU! 10-24: They win the line out and drive forward and the pressure leads to a Samu try. Great work but a strange call by the referee. There may have been grounding issues.

  • 51'

    They secure the line out and maul forward, Gibson is penalised again. They opt for another line out.

  • 50'

    Havili launches a rare Crusaders attack. Whitelock then drives forward. They win a penalty as Gibson goes off his feet.They kick for touch.

  • 48'

    PENALTY, BLUES, FRANCIS! 5-24: Francis makes no mistake extending the lead.

  • 46'

    The Crusaders apply pressure to the scrum but they lose their ball. Pulu then fights his way over the Crusaders 22. The Blues win a penalty for offside and they go for goal.

  • 45'

    Moala finds another gap and breaks the line, but then the try scoring pass is messed up, as they lose a golden opportunity. Where was the Crusaders defense?

  • 43'

    The Blues gets first possession in the second half. Parsons carry it forward, as Kaino also gets involved. It ends up as a Crusaders line out inside their half.

  • 41'

    Francis gets us going for the second half.

  • 40'

    HALF TIME: The Blues did well to take control of this game. We had lots of handling errors and again the Crusaders go into a break with a substantial deficit, Can they pull this one out of the fire?

  • 40'


  • 39'

    The Crusaders win a penalty after a scrum infringement and they go for touch. They win the line out on the Blues 22. Ioane defends well as the Crusaders win a penalty after a high tackle. They knock it on and we are halfway.

  • 37'

    CONVERSION, BLUES, FRANCIS! 5-21: Francis maintains his 100% record.

  • 36'

    TRY, BLUES, MOALA! 5-19: The Referee played advantage for a penalty. Duffie then cuts back and breaks away and sends Moala away for a try!

  • 33'

    CONVERSION, BLUES, FRANCIS! 5-14: The lead is extended.

  • 32'

    TRY, BLUES, PULU! 5-12: Gibson breaks the first line of defence. They continue to go forward and good determination from Pulu, ensures that he goes over and SCORES!

  • 30'

    The Crusaders twist the scrum around and the Blues gets some reprieve with a penalty. They kick for a line out just inside the Crusaders half.

  • 28'

    Brown breaks away for the Crusaders. Franks then joins the attack and knocks it on for a Blues scrum inside their half.

  • 25'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, MATAELE! 5-7: Hunt side steps and Havili then finds a gap. They continue to go forward and then Mataele manages to go over in the corner and SCORES! Hunt misses the conversion.

  • 24'

    Whitelock secures the line out. After five phases the Blues manages to turn it over. We then have a Crusaders line out, just outside the Blues 22.

  • 23'

    Havili launches another attack for the Crusaders and they win a penalty, as Moala is penalised for a high tackle. They opt for touch.

  • 21'

    The Crusaders maul forward and desperate defence, just manages to keep them at bay, as Crotty is pushed into touch. The Blues got away with that.

  • 19'

    The Crusaders win a penalty as Pulu, fails to roll away. Hunt goes for touch.

  • 17'

    Hall feeds another scrum and Hunt sends the backs away. Yet another error, as the Blues turn over possession only to then knock it on.

  • 14'

    The Blues feed a line out, just inside the Crusaders half and the Crusaders steal possession.

  • 12'

    CONVERSION, BLUES, FRANCIS! 0-7: Francis stretches the lead.

  • 11'

    TRY, BLUES, MOALA! 0-5: Hall feeds the first scrum of the game and the front rows go down. The Blues counter attack as Duffie finds a gap and gets involved again, as good handling ensures that Moala goes over and SCORES!

  • 9'

    Tu?ungafasi secures another Blues line out, but again it is lost forward for a Crusaders scrum.

  • 7'

    They maul forward and again lose it, as the Crusaders turn it over.

  • 5'

    The Blues win their line out and maul forward. Tuipulotu makes good ground, as the Crusaders defence hold up. They lose it forward, as the Blues secure another penalty and go for touch again.

  • 3'

    The Crusaders have first use of the ball, but then they give away a penalty. The Blues then win another penalty in a kickable position, as the Crusaders go offside. They go for touch.

  • 1'

    Our Referee for today is Brendon Pickerill, from New Zealand. Hunt starts proceedings in this New Zealand derby.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby game between the Crusaders and the Blues, from the AMI Stadium, in Christchurch.

  • 0'

    The Blues will hope for an upset in Christchurch today, after the injuries suffered by the Crusaders last week. The Crusaders will have to cope without the likes of Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu and Richie Mo?unga, which will be tough. The Crusaders will however still be confident after winning their last five games against the Blues.

  • 0'

    The Crusaders have made seven changes to their team. Owen Franks returns, while Jordan Taufua and Jed Brown join Whetu Douglas in the loose forwards. Bryn Hall will start at scrum-half, with Mitchell Drummond on the bench. Mataele will also make his Super Rugby debut. George Bridge takes over at wing, with Digby Ioane also ruled out. David Havili will play at full-back

  • 0'

    The Blues have made three changes. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti comes back in at lock after starting in the first two games, and will partner All Black Patrick Tuipulotu. Jimmy Tupou will move from lock to loose forward, while Jerome Kaino will move to number eight. In the backs, Piers Francis comes in at fly-half and Melani Nanai returns on the left wing.

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Crusaders Blues
  • 5 Tries 3
    • 24' Manasa Mataele
    • 50' Peter Samu
    • 56' Ben Funnell
    • 71' Mitch Hunt
    • 79' Mitchell Drummond
    • 10' George Moala
    • 30' Augustine Pulu
    • 35' George Moala
  • 4 Conversions 3
    • 51' Mitch Hunt
    • 58' Mitch Hunt
    • 73' Mitch Hunt
    • 80' Mitch Hunt
    • 11' Piers Francis
    • 31' Piers Francis
    • 36' Piers Francis
  • 0 Penalties 1
    • 47' Piers Francis
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Joe Moody
  • Codie Taylor
  • Owen Franks
  • Scott Barrett
  • Sam Whitelock
  • Jordan Taufua
  • Jed Brown
  • Whetu Douglas
  • Bryn Hall
  • Mitch Hunt
  • George Bridge
  • Ryan Crotty
  • Sean Wainui
  • Manasa Mataele
  • David Kaetau Havili
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Pauliasi Manu
  • James Parsons
  • Ofa Tu'ungafasi
  • Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
  • Patrick Tuipulotu
  • Jimmy Tupou
  • Blake Gibson
  • Jerome Kaino
  • Augustine Pulu
  • Piers Francis
  • Melani Nanai
  • George Moala
  • Rieko Ioane
  • Matt Duffie
  • Michael Collins
  • Ben Funnell
  • Wyatt Crockett
  • Michael Alaalatoa
  • Luke Romano
  • Peter Samu
  • Mitchell Drummond
  • Marty McKenzie
  • Tim Bateman
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Matt Moulds
  • Sam Prattley
  • Sione Mafileo
  • Akira Ioane
  • Murphy Taramai
  • Billy Guyton
  • Ihaia West
  • Tinoai Faiane

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