The Rebels take the ball through the phases midway between the halfway line and the Crusaders' 22. When the hooter sounds the ball goes out to Harris, who boots it into touch! That's a famous win for the Rebels who thoroughly deserve that result. The Crusaders' second half performance was just not good enough and in the end they got what they deserved.
Crusaders 10 Rebels 20
The Crusaders are running the ball from deep inside their half! They make good progress but lose possession when Fruean plays the ball on the ground. Harris kicks for touch and puts the ball out just inside the hosts' half.
The Crusaders attack from a scrum, just inside their half. The ball is spun wide to McNicholl who is stopped in his tracks by a crunching tackle from English!
Higginbotham is pinned on the wrong side of a ruck inside his 22 and is soon penalised. The Crusaders opt to take a scrum.
The Crusaders attack close to the Rebels' try-line and after McCaw and Luke Romano carry strongly Owen Franks goes over the try-line but knocks on in the process!
The Crusaders try to strike back immediately and take the ball out wide with their backs! They are soon inside the Rebels' 22 but Robbie Fruean fails to hang on to a pass from Slade close to the corner flag.
CONVERSION, REBELS, HARRIS. 10-20. Harris maintains his 100 percent record from the kicking tee as he adds another two-pointer!
TRY, REBELS, STIRZAKER! 10-18. Carter stabs a grubber kick through, close to the halfway line, but it bounces off one of the Rebels into Stirzaker's hands! He's in the clear and beats the cover defence before crashing over!
The Rebels are awarded a tap penalty when the Crusasders are blown up for early jumping at a line-out.
YELLOW CARD, REBELS, MCMAHON. Sean McMahon receives his marching orders for a tip tackle on Matt Todd. Slade lines up a kick at posts, from the resulting penalty, but his effort is off target.
The Rebels attack with their backline close to the halfway line and Tom English is in the clear. He makes little headway, however, as Slade halts his progress with a solid hit.
The Rebels are on the attack close to the Crusaders' try-line. Pat Leafa is stopped just short after a bullocking run!
Carter is penalised for a ruck infringement five metres inside the Rebels' half. Harris lines up a shot at goal but his effort doesn't have the distance or the direction.
Tomani takes the ball into contact but is penalised when he fails to release the ball after a text-book tackle from McCaw.
The Rebels are under the cosh close to their try-line but win a turnover! The ball is spun wide and Dom Shipperley brings relief with a kick upfield.
Tomani is pinged for an early tackle on McNicholl and Carter puts the penalty into touch deep inside the Rebels' 22.
Carter takes another shot at goal after McMahon is pinged for entering a ruck from the side. His kick is from a difficult angle and is, once again, just wide of the target.
Carter gets the second half started with a deep kick which Stirzaker gathers. He offloads to Ellison who goes to ground inside his 22.
YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS, DRUMMOND! Drummond will spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin after referee Nick Briant rules that he failed to roll away from a ruck deliberately.
PENALTY, REBELS, HARRIS! 10-13. Harris lands the three-pointer which gives the Rebels the lead at the break. It's been a closely contested half and there's still lots to play for after the break. Both sides are still in with a shot at victory and whoever makes the least mistakes in the second 40 will be victorious.
Crusaders 10 Rebels 13
Luke Whitelock holds onto the ball on the ground and Harris puts the resulting penalty into touch just outside the Crusaders' 22.
Funnell is penalised for offside play at a ruck. Harris kicks for touch and puts the ball out on his 10-metre line.
PENALTY, REBELS, HARRIS! Harris slots a three-pointer from about 45 metres out after Joe Moody is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
The Rebels attack wide, midway between the Crusaders' 22 and the halfway line. Harris whips out a pass to Laurie Weeks who knocks on!
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, CARTER. Carter adds the extras from up against the touchline!
TRY, CRUSADERS, FUNNELL! 8-7. The Crusaders go on the drive from the line-out and Ben Funnell barges over from close quarters when he spots an opening!
The Crusaders launch a drive deep inside the Rebels' 22. The hosts are soon awarded a penalty when Scott Higginbotham drags the maul down illegally. Carter kicks for the corner and puts the ball out near the corner flag.
CONVERSION, REBELS, HARRIS. 3-7. Harris makes no mistake from the kicking tee to extend the visitors' lead.
TRY, REBELS, TOMANI! 3-5. The Rebels take the ball through 18 phases and when Lopeti Tomani spots a gap on the hosts' try-line, he lunges forward and dots down!
The Rebels take the ball through several phases and are soon camped close to the Crusaders' try-line1 Lopeti Tomani, Ellison and Stirzaker are prominent ball carriers.
Tamati Ellison boots a ball upfield and Johnny McNicholl drops back to gather. The Crusaders are awarded a penalty, however, when Harris goes over the top when trying to pin McNicholl to the ground.
Carter takes another shot at goal after Pat Leafa is blown up for not rolling away at a ruck. The kick is from about 40 metres out but although it has the distance, it doesn't have the direction.
The Crusaders are on the attack close to the Rebels' 10-metre line and Kieron Fonotia stabs a grubber kick through which rolls into touch on the 22-metre line.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, CARTER! 3-0. Dan Carter gets the first points of this year's tournament after Sean McMahon is pinged for going off his feet at a ruck.
It's all Crusaders at the moment! There's several waves of attack, close to the Rebels' 22 but the visitors' defence holds firm.
Harris launches a bomb but Slade is equal to the task and gathers despite great pressure from several chasers!
YELLOW CARD, REBELS, STIRZAKER! Stirzaker is sent to the sin bin for stamping on Richie McCaw at a ruck inside the home side's 22.
Nic Stirzaker makes a dart around the fringe of a ruck which catches the Crusaders defenders off guard! He is hauled in close to the 22-metre line by Matt Todd.
Mike Harris gets the 2015 Super Rugby season underway! His kick is deep and Colin Slade gathers inside his 22 before booting the ball in to touch just inside the Rebels' half.
Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this year's opening Super Rugby match coming to you live from the AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Don't go away! we'll return shortly with team news.
Legendary All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will start on the blindside flank for the Crusaders and will not be captaining the seven-time champions. Matt Todd, will wear McCaw's number seven jersey and skipper the hosts. The other changes to the side which lost a friendly to the Reds in Brisbane last weekend are Joe Moody starting at number one and Ben Funnell at hooker. Wyatt Crockett and Ryan Crotty also return to the mix for the first time, looking for a start off the bench.
Up to four players are set to make their debuts for the Rebels today. Rebels coach Tony McGahan named Wallabies Mike Harris and Dom Shipperley in his starting line-up for their first appearance, while Ben Whittaker and Sefanaia Naivalu have been named as reserves. In other selection news, centre Tamati Ellison has returned from his playing stint in Japan?s Top League to resume his fruitful midfield partnership with Mitch Inman, while Nic Stirzaker and Jack Debreczeni will pick up where they left off with the Melbourne Rising in the National Rugby Championship, after being named as the halfback pairing. Sam Jeffries will be hopeful of adding to his one Super Rugby cap, earned in the final round last year, after the second-row was named on the bench.
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