TRY, CRUSADERS, STRATTON! 31-11: Crotty offloads to Bridge, who sends the debutant Jack Stratton away to score a good try! That was a long time coming.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 33-11: Mitch Hunt who just came on slots the conversion.
FULL-TIME: CRUSADERS 33-11 SUNWOLVES. In the end the Crusaders secure their bonus point win, but they only really shut the Sunwolves out in the last 15 minutes. All credit to both teams in what was not good playing conditions. Thank you for joining us.
The Crusaders attack again and lose the ball three metres from the Sunwolves line. All credit to the Sunwolves defence there.
The Crusaders opt for the corner and secure their line-out. They drive forward and then Pete Samu spills it in the tackle.
The Crusaders put 23 patient phases together before Lappies Labuschagne is penalised for not rolling away from the ruck.
The Sunwolves mess it up with a handling error after nine patient phases. What a pity!
Barrett is penalised for not releasing the ball. The Sunwolves feed a line-out inside the Crusaders 22.
Hosea Saumaki is penalised for not releasing the ball. Delany finds touch near the Sunwolves 10 metre line.
The conversion is pushed wide by Delany.
TRY, CRUSADERS, MATAELE! 26-11: Drummond changes the direction of a Crusaders attack. Crotty sees a gap and finds Bateman. Bateman then frees his hands after being tackled and sends Mataele away for a superb try!
Matt Todd has his hands in the ruck and the Sunwolves earn some more relief.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, DELANY! 21-11: Delany restores some order by stretching the lead to 10 points.
TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 19-11: Bateman finds Strange who offloads to Crotty, following a long patient build up of 13 phases. Crotty gets his 2nd try tonight and just speeds down the middle!
Barrett fails to take the line-ball cleanly and Lappies Labuschagne comes away with it. Relief for the Sunwolves.
Yoshitaka Tokunaga is guilty of bringing the maul down and we have another line-out.
Craig Millar is again penalised at the scrum and now the Crusaders go for the corner.
Grant Hattingh messes up the catch after the restart and the Crusaders feed a scrum inside the Sunwolves 22.
PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, PARKER! 14-11: Owen Franks is penalised at the scrum and again Parker slots a good kick.
The Sunwolves string nine more phases together and they have another five metre scrum. They have done well keeping the ball in hand there.
The Sunwolves recycle the ball and after nine phases the ball is knocked on.
The Sunwolves charge forward after the scrum and Little is stopped short.
Delany spills a ball inside the Crusaders 22. The Sunwolves force another mistake and win a five metre scrum.
PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, PARKER! 14-8: The first second half penalty is awarded to the Sunwolves and Manasa Mataele is penalised. They go for goal and Parker makes no mistake.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
HALF-TIME: CRUSADERS 14-5 SUNWOLVES. The Sunwolves have done well in these conditions to hold the Crusaders at bay. The Crusaders started like a house on fire, but were frustrated in the last 25 minutes.
The ball slips through the fingers of Strange and the Sunwolves feed a scrum in their own 22.
Kenki Fukuoka is guilty of a ruck infringement and the Crusaders have a penalty inside the Sunwolves 22. They opt for the corner.
Crotty sets up Manasa Mataele, who makes good ground. He offloads to Delany and then they run out of space and the Sunwolves survive for now.
Blackadder secures the line-out and then they mess up the move with a handling error. No surprise in these conditions.
Hosea Saumaki is penalised for taking out Mitchell Drummond without the ball. The Crusaders find a good touch.
Tom Sanders is off injured for the Crusaders and has been replaced by Pete Samu.
Ethan Blackadder is penalised for not releasing the ball. The Sunwolves survive two metres from their line.
The Crusaders win a scrum penalty and they take another scrum.
A great chase by Bateman and Blackadder after a kick by Delany. They force a five metre scrum after the Sunwolves carry the ball over the line.
The Sunwolves do well to steal the Crusaders line-out ball. Great work under pressure!
After some resets at the scrum Craig Millar is penalised for standing up under pressure. The Crusaders find a good touch.
The rain has eased a bit now.
Jiwon Koo sees a gap and escapes some poor Crusaders tackling. He is eventually stopped.
We now have a hail storm and some lightning. The conditions are shocking.
Ben Funnell is off injured and has been replaced by Andrew Makalio. The Crusaders have a penalty after a lift tackle from Lappies Labuschagne.
Parker sends the conversion wide. That was not a bad effort in the wind.
TRY, SUNWOLVES, LITTLE! 14-5: Michael Little goes over to score a well deserved Sunwolves try! They used the penalty to gain ground and then put nine phases together before Little scored. Great work!
Ben Funnell joins the ruck incorrectly and the Sunwolves earn some much needed relief.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, DELANY! 14-0: Delany adds the extras.
TRY, CRUSADERS, TODD! 12-0: Matt Todd scores the second try for the Crusaders after the line-out and a good drive! That ball was taken at the line-out by Blackadder.
The Crusaders win another penalty and this time Craig Millar is penalised for a scrum infringement.
Jiwon Koo is offside and the Crusaders have a penalty.
George Bridge offloads to Manasa Mataele who steps into a gap and makes good ground. The Sunwolves will need to improve their tackling.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, DELANY! 7-0: Delany slots his first kick.
Kick-off! We are off here in Christchurch.
TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 5-0: What a start by the home team! Michael Delany creates a break after a poor kick by Parker and offloads to Ryan Crotty, who makes no mistake! Wow!
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and the Sunwolves, from AMI Stadium.
The Crusaders is expected to maintain their impressive 100% home record this season against the Sunwolves tonight.
It has been a struggling season for the Sunwolves having already lost their last seven games in a row. What makes matters worse is that the Crusaders won this fixture by 50-3 her last season.
Israel Dagg and Owen Franks return for the Crusaders after a lengthy injury break. George Bridge will move to full-back with Dagg starting on the right wing. Sam Whitelock is rested for this fixture, while Matt Todd will captain the side. Ethan Blackadder. the son of Todd Blackadder replaces Tom Sanders, who moves to number eight.
The Sunwolves have made a few to their team. William Tupou replaces Kotaro Matsushima at full-back. Semisi Masirewa moves to the bench with Hosea Saumaki replacing him at wing. The new half-back combination is Hayden Parker and Fumiaki Tanaka.
Our referee is Brendon Pickerill and he will be assisted by Jamie Nutbrown and Cam Stone. The TMO is Glenn Newman.
We now have a ceremony to commemorate the service Men and Women of New Zealand and Australia who served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. It is Anzac day on 25 April.
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