FULL-TIME: CRUSADERS 19-11 BLUES. The Blues have not won here for a long time now and they Crusaders did not let them win today. There were tough conditions because of the dew but the Crusaders played well in the first half. The Blues looked dangerous at times in the second half but could not score enough points.
We are in the final minute of the game and the Crusaders manage to turn the ball over. They were playing under an advantage and they will come back for the penalty.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 19-11: Mo'unga makes no mistake with the difficult kick and the lead is pushed to 8 points. Just a few minutes remaining in the game.
The Blues will get the bonus point if the score stays as it is. But both teams will look to attack and win this game. The Crusaders will look to extend their lead and the Blues will look to score again and win.
The Crusaders win a penalty from the lineout and Mo''unga will look to kick this. An unnecessary mistake from the Blues.
Plummer misses the conversion and it is a five point game with 8 minutes remaining. This could be an intense finish to the game.
TRY, BLUES, R IOANE! 16-11: A strong build up from the Blues. Fast hands from Nanai and the TMO checks the grounding and Ioane scores for the Blues. Ioane was slightly casual with the grounding.
The Blues have the ball and they will look to attack. They go wide on the right to Robinson. The Blues win another penalty.
The score has not changed much in the second half but it has been some intense play. There will be a few tired bodies out there.
The Crusaders feed the scrum and they win a penalty from it. They kick the ball to the corner for a lineout.
Another penalty to the Blues, Clarke concedes it after putting in a good run.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 16-6: A penalty to the Crusaders and they will also look to kick this to restore the 10-point margin. Mo'unga makes no mistake and the Crusaders score in the second half.
PENALTY, BLUES, PLUMMER! 13-6: It is a long kick but Plummer kicks it perfectly and the deficit is brought down to 7 points. The Blues score first in the second half.
A lineout to the Blues from the penalty and they win another penalty. Plummer will kick it into touch further down the field.
NO TRY! The TMO was looking for a potential try from Mo''unga. The TMO says that Mo''unga was not in control of the ball but there was a possible high tackle on him close to the try line. It ends in a 5m scrum but the crowd is not happy with the decision.
The Crusaders are spending a lot of time in the Blues 22 and they have looked strong today. The Blues may be need to take a few more risks now if they want to win from here.
The Blues are caught offside and it is Tuungafasi who is the guilty party there. The Crusaders go for a lineout.
Parsons with the lineout for the Blues. They look to attack but the Crusaders are looking strong.
Mo'unga looks to kick the penalty goal but drags it to the left of the uprights. The score has not changed in the second half.
A couple of kicks back and forth and Bridge with the final kick as the Crusaders win a penalty.
Play resumes with Makalio throwing the lineout so it looks like he will continue.
The Crusaders think they have scored the try but the TMO will check a few things here. The on-field call is a try and they will check for a knock on on the right wing.
NO TRY! There has been a knock on by Reece on the right wing. Good call from the referee and TMO. Score stays on 13-3.
A lively start to the second half as Nanai finds himself alone and looks to attack but has to kick the ball because of a lack of support players.
The Crusaders have a man down and it is Makalio who is getting some medical attention. This could be bad news for the hosts.
HALF-TIME: CRUSADERS 13-3 BLUES. Almost another costly handling mistake from the Blues, but it won't cost them as the referee calls half-time. The Crusaders have dominated the first half and lead by 10 points.
The second half begins.
The closing minutes of the first half remain and the Crusaders have played really well. They have the feed at a scrum.
It is a scrum to the Crusaders and it is in the Blues half. The Blues manage to get the ball and look to attack. The pace of the game has slowed down a bit as we go towards the break.
The Blues win a welcome penalty for the Crusaders coming in from the side. They fail to find touch and then Plummer drops the ball as Crusaders look to attack. Two mistakes in a few seconds from the Blues.
We are into the final 10 minutes of the first half and the Crusaders have dominated play. They lead by 10 points and have controlled the possession really well.
Another penalty conceded by the Blues for going off their feet. The referee has a few words with the players as the Crusaders opt for the scrum.
The Crusaders win the penalty and they are going for a try as they kick the ball to the corner for a lineout.
PENALTY, BLUES, PLUMMER! 13-3: Plummer kicks the penalty perfectly as the Blues look to open their scoring. They get the three points and the Crusaders lead by 10.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 13-0: Mo'unga makes no mistake with the conversion and the Crusaders push their lead to 13 points.
TRY, CRUSADERS, HALL! 11-0: A nice chip kick from Mo'unga and the ball sits up for Crotty who passes it to Hall. Hall powers through the defence and his pace is enough to take him over the line.
A lineout to the Crusaders who are looking very composed in the first quarter of the game. They win the lineout and look to gain some ground.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 6-0: Mo'unga makes no mistake in difficult conditions and the Crusaders push their lead to 6 points.
After the lineout resulting from the penalty, the Crusaders win another penalty. It looks like Mo'unga will kick this too.
Just when they thought they were doing well, the Crusaders put a lot of pressure on them and they concede a penalty for coming in from the side.
A good phase of play for the Blues as they look to control possession and gain some ground. The Crusaders are staunch in their defence.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 3-0: Ruru concedes the penalty for hands in the ruck and the Crusaders will look to kick the penalty. Mo'unga kicks it and makes no mistake and opens the scoring for the hosts.
Good defence from the Blues who win a penalty. The Blues will kick to clear the ball from deep in their half.
An energetic start to the game and we will have the first scrum of the game deep in the Blues half. The Crusaders have the feed.
The Crusaders are on the front foot straightaway as they look to attack but the Blues do well to put in the early tackles.
Kick-off! The first half begins. The fog as cleared from the stadium but the conditions will be slippery because of the dew. It should be an interesting contest as the Blues kick us off.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and the Blues from Christchurch Stadium.
Crusaders: 1.Joe Moody, 2.Andrew Makalio, 3.Michael Alaalatoa, 4.Scott Barrett, 5.Sam Whitelock (captain), 6.Jordan Taufua, 7.Matt Todd, 8.Whetukamokamo Douglas, 9.Bryn Hall, 10.Richie Mo''unga, 11.George Bridge, 12.Ryan Crotty, 13.Jack Goodhue, 14.Sevu Reece, 15.David Havili.
Substitutes: 16.Brodie McAlister, 17.Isi Tuungafasi, 18.George Bower, 19.Luke Romano, 20.Ethan Blackadder, 21.Mitchell Drummond, 22.Mitchell Hunt, 23.Braydon Ennor.
Blues: 1.Alex Hodgman, 2.Leni Apisai, 3.Ofa Tuungafasi, 4.Patrick Tuipulotu, 5.Scott Scrafton, 6.Tom Robinson, 7.Blake Gibson (captain), 8.Akira Ioane, 9.Jonathan Ruru, 10.Harry Plummer, 11.Rieko Ioane, 12.Ma''a Nonu, 13.TJ Faiane, 14.Caleb Clarke, 15.Melani Nanai.
Substitutes: 16 James Parsons, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Lua Li, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Hoskins Sotutu, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Otere Black, 23 Levi Aumua
The last time the Blues won against the Crusaders was back in 2014 in Auckland. The Crusaders have won nine games against the Blues after that.
The Crusaders drew against the Stormers in Cape Town last week, but they have a comfortable nine point advantage over the Hurricanes on the log. They are very close to sealing the top spot.
The Blues won against the Chiefs 23-8 at home last weekend. This was their first win against the Chiefs since 2011.
Mike Fraser is the referee today with Brendon Pickerill and Glen Jackson assisting him. Aaron Paterson is the TMO.
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