FULL-TIME: WARATAHS 22-41 CRUSADERS. Crusaders win the game with the bonus point and they Crusaders remain unbeaten after the first six weeks of SuperRugby. Waratahs put in an inspired performance, but some handling errors and missed tackles took the game away from them.
The siren goes off and the Waratahs are trying to play it out and get something out of this. Crusaders will look to kick it out.
The referee is not happy with the scrum and he is having a chat with the players.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MCKENZIE! 22-41: Crusaders add on the extras and they lead by 19 points. This should be the game for them.
TRY, CRUSADERS, FUNNELL! 22-39: The TMO is consulted and the referee think it is a try. The Crusaders look confident. The TMO is happy with the try and the Crusaders have their bonus point. Funnell scoring the try after the lineout.
Mason tries the chip kick but the Crusaders win the ball and then the Waratahs concede a penalty through Michael Hooper for going off their feet in the ruck.
The Crusaders kick the ball to the corner for a lineout. They are searching for a bonus point try.
The conversion is missed and the Crusaders are putting some distance between them and the Waratahs. The score had not changed since the 59th minute before that try.
TRY, CRUSADERS, HALL! 22-34: Good long ball from the Crusaders and there are a couple of missed tackles. Mataele's strong run creates the chance and Hall takes it over the line for the Crusaders.
Into the final 10 minutes of the game and the Waratahs have a lineout. Samu comes on for Taufua for the Crusaders.
The lineout is not straight, says the referee and it will be a scrum.
Todd goes off for an injury assessment after a collision.
A short maul after the lineout for the Waratahs and they pass the ball wide to look for a gap.
Good defence from the Crusaders but the Waratahs are working the ball through 11 phases now.
Waratahs are stringing together a few passes. The Crusaders concede a penalty through David Havili for a deliberate knock down of the ball.
The Waratahs kick it to the corner for a lineout, just inside the Crusaders half.
Crusaders are putting a lot of pressure on the Waratahs but they concede a penalty through Michael Alaalatoa for not releasing the ball.
A stoppage in play as a few players get some treatment.
Waratahs with the lineout and the referee is not happy with it. The lineout is taken again and the Waratahs.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 22-29: Good kick from Hunt and that takes the Crusaders a converted try ahead of the Waratahs.
The Waratahs concede a penalty through Michael Wells for being caught offside. Crusaders are playing well in the Waratahs half and they are creating a few chances.
It is a long penalty and it comes off the uprights so the score remains 22-26. Waratahs bring the ball back and Mason kicks it away into touch.
The Waratahs concede a penalty through Ned Hanigan for going off their feet in the ruck.
TRY, WARATAHS, NAIYARAVORO! 22-26: Naiyaravoro gets a lovely ball from Clark and he just keeps going for the Waratahs. Strong try from him and Waratahs come back strongly. The conversion is missed.
Waratahs win a penalty as Crusaders concede it through Bridge for not releasing the ball. They kick the penalty to the corner.
CONVERSION, WARATAHS, ROBINSON! 17-26: Good conversion from Robinson and the deficit is brought down to 9 points. Good work from the Waratahs.
TRY, WARATAHS, GORDON! 15-26: The TMO is quickly consulted and it is a try to the Waratahs. It was a beautiful try from the hosts after the lineout, Gordon finds the gap and just keeps going through the defence. Good try!
Ryan with a nice pass as they win the ball after the lineout and now the Waratahs are going through a few phases. Good linebreak for the Waratahs, but Bridge does really well to kick the ball to safety for the Crusaders.
The Waratahs concede a penalty through Michael Hooper for not rolling away from the ruck. Good play from both sides, but Crusaders have managed to score.
Crusaders are probing away, 4 phases with the ball and they are putting pressure on the Waratahs.
The Waratahs concede a penalty for being caught offside. Crusaders are playing really well now.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 10-26: Hunt makes no mistake with the conversion and adds the two points on to the score to push the lead to 16 points.
Good start from the Waratahs, they are stringing together a few passes and working through 6 to 7 phases.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BATEMAN! 10-24: Brilliant team try, Havili makes the initial break but the ball is kicked back for Bridge to collect and run. Good run from him and then after a few accurate passes, Bateman runs under the uprights to score the first try of the second half.
Second half begins as the Waratahs kick us off!
PENALTY, WARATAHS, ROBINSON! 10-19: Robinson makes no mistake with the kick and the deficit is reduced to 9 points.
HALF-TIME: WARATAHS 10-19 CRUSADERS. It has been an intense game so far and Crusaders have scored three tries whereas Waratahs have scored one. Crusaders hold the 9 point lead after the first half.
Crusaders concede a penalty through Joe Moody for a shoulder charge and Waratahs will look to kick this for 3 points.
Good play from the Crusaders who are defending well and then they bring the ball back and kick it into touch to clear the danger. Waratahs have a lineout, Crotty is seen limping off again.
The Waratahs come back for a scrum because of a knock on. Under 5 minutes remaining in the first half.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 7-19: Hunt kicks the ball perfectly to add on the extras and the lead is pushed to 12 points. Crotty is seen limping.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BATEMAN! 7-17: Strong play from the Crusaders, Waratahs defending well. The Crusaders are allowed to offload and Douglas with the final break for Bateman to take it over the line for the visitors. Good team try.
Nice pass from Crotty and Bateman runs through the defence to make some good ground for the Crusaders.
The Waratahs win another penalty, Crusaders not releasing the ball. It is taken quickly and Waratahs look to work the ball through a few phases.
Waratahs have another lineout, this time on their 22. They take the ball back and kick it deep. Crusaders run with it.
Waratahs win the ball after the lineout and they pass the ball wide under pressure. They are working the ball through a few phases and then they kick it.
Waratahs kick for a lineout. The Crusaders concede a penalty through Codie Taylor for not releasing the ball carrier.
The Crusaders concede a penalty through Joe Moody for collapsing the scrum.
Waratahs win another scrum and it has been a good few minutes for them. Dean Mumm concedes the penalty and Waratahs have another scrum.
CONVERSION, WARATAHS, ROBINSON! 7-12: Robinson makes no mistake with the conversion and they bring the deficit down to 5 points.
TRY, WARATAHS, HOOPER! 5-12: Good play from the Waratahs as they take the ball strongly after the scrum and Hooper takes the ball over the line, but it was a good team try. Waratahs open their scoring.
A scrum, 5m out for the Waratahs and this is their best chance to score a try here.
Crusaders concede a penalty for not rolling away after the scrum. The referee has a word with the players to just slow things down a bit.
Good play from the Waratahs who steal the ball and kick it deep. Folau chases it, kicks it as Crusaders scramble to defend. Waratahs have a scrum deep in the Crusaders territory.
Crusaders have a lineout after they kick the penalty to the corner. Crotty is coming back on.
Waratahs take the ball after Crusaders kick it deep and then Waratahs kick it. A penalty won by the Crusaders, Waratahs concede it through Dean Mumm for a dangerous tackle.
The scrum collapses and the referee has a word with the players. Crusaders have the feed.
Waratahs win the lineout and Folau tries to push through the defence but Crusaders are strong in their defence.
Early change in the front row for the Waratahs, Robertson goes off the field. He is replaced by Ryan.
TRY, CRUSADERS, HAVILI! 0-10: Hooper and Tolu Latu fail to communicate and Havili just runs through the defence after the lineout to score an easy try. The lead is pushed to 10.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 0-12: Hunt makes no mistake with this easy conversion and the lead is pushed to 12 points.
The Waratahs concede a penalty through Tolu Latu for not releasing the ball.
The Crusaders kick the ball into touch for a lineout.
The conversion is missed as Mitch Hunt fails to kick it correctly. Ryan Crotty is injured and has gone off, Mataele replaces him. That will be a big blow for the Crusaders.
Waratahs are under pressure but they pass the ball back to Mason who kicks it for a Crusaders lineout.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BRIDGE! 0-5: The lineout is won by the Crusaders and they pass the ball wide from Crotty to Havili to Bridge on the edge and he runs through to score the first try.
The lineout ends with a poor pass and the ball is won by the Waratahs and passed to Folau but Crusaders win the ball back and try to score. The last pass is a forward pass and the move breaks down.
A penalty to the Crusaders and Tolu Latu concedes it for going off his feet. The visitors will kick it for a lineout.
Another lineout throw for th Waratahs, they fail to get the throw right and the Crusaders have the ball.
Crusaders steal the ball and kick it into touch for a Waratahs lineout. The Waratahs win a penalty from the lineout. Barrett concedes it for incorrectly joining the maul.
Waratahs win the ball after the box kick from the Crusaders and they are working the ball through a few phases.
Waratahs are controlling the possession in the opening minutes and looking to put pressure on the Crusaders, but the visitors are playing well too.
Kick-off! Crusaders start us off as first half begins.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the SuperRugby clash between the Waratahs and the Crusaders from the Allianz Stadium.
Waratahs: 15 Cam Clark, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Mack Mason, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Marius van der Westhuizen is the referee today with Will Houston and Ed Martintt assiting him. George Ayoub is the TMO.
Waratahs boss Daryl Gibson has named his side with Mack Mason set to make his Super Rugby debut when he steps into the number ten jersey with Bernard Foley ruled out. Mason was one of the stand out players part of the Australian U20 side in 2016 that went on to claim victory against New Zealand.
Further changes will see Rio Olympian Cam Clark starting at full-back with Israel Folau moving back into the centres, as Rob Horne has been ruled out due to a low grade hamstring injury.
Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made four changes, including two positional switches. Joe Moody returns to the starting line-up to start at loosehead prop, with Wyatt Crockett covering on the bench.
Scott Barrett, who had a successful outing on the blindside flank in last weekend?s win over the Western Force in Christchurch, moves back into his more familiar position of lock alongside Sam Whitelock, with Luke Romano in the reserves. Jordan Taufua shifts to six and Whetu Douglas returns at number eight. The backline is unchanged.
The teams are walking out through the tunnel. The game will start soon.
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