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As it happened: Crusaders v Sharks

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Jake White (Gallo)
LIVE scoring and interactive commentary from the Super Rugby semi-final between the Crusaders and Sharks in Christchurch!
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26 Jul 2014

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26 Jul 2014

DON'T BLAME THE REFEREE

Nick Mallett quick to state that the referee, if anything, favoured the Sharks today

Can't blame Kiwi Glen Jackson

26 Jul 2014

Cue the excuses for the Sharks!

26 Jul 2014

Hats off to the Crusaders for a first-class performance

They will take extra interest in the second semi-final between the Waratahs and Brumbies in Sydney at 11:40 SA time

If the Waratahs win, the final will be in Sydney.

If the Brumbies win, the final will be in Christchurch

26 Jul 2014

***CRUSADERS WIN 38-6***

26 Jul 2014

80' - Sharks begging for the final whistle and the siren sounds and it's FULL-TIME in Christchurch

26 Jul 2014

79' - Carter's kick wide to the left as the Crusaders open their lead up to 38-6

26 Jul 2014

78' - Oh dear, the Crusaders set up a rolling maul - ala Sharks style - and MATT TODD barges over to score the home side's FIFTH try!

It's an embarrassment and massacre in Christchurch

Sharks taught a lesson

26 Jul 2014

77' - ***TRY TO THE CRUSADERS!***

26 Jul 2014

77' - Crusaders win a penalty and elect to kick for touch, going in search of their FIFTH try...

26 Jul 2014

75' - Worst Sharks performance all season just gets worse as wing Lwazi Mvovo fails to pick up the ball hardly moving

Shocking!

Jake White can't be happy

26 Jul 2014

72' - Carter's conversion goes astray

Crusaders now lead 33-6

26 Jul 2014

71' - Meanwhile back on the field the massacre continues as the Crusaders capitalise on a shocking kick into no-man's land by Chavhanga is fielded excellently by Colin Slade who dummies, weaves, bobs and sends Israel Dagg away who offloads to JOHNNY McNICHOLL who scores the Crusaders' fourth try!

26 Jul 2014

71' - ***TRY TO THE CRUSADERS!***

26 Jul 2014

70' - And just like that Twitter goes crazy - crying foul (from SA tweeters it must be said...)

26 Jul 2014

69' - Assistant referee report for a punch

Ref Jackson consults the TMO...

Crusaders replacement prop Jimmy Tupou "punches" his own man - just a penalty says the referee

26 Jul 2014

67' - SHARKS CLEAR THE BENCH

More changes by the Sharks - more in desperation than hope

OFF go Bismarck du Plessis, JP Pietersen and Marcell Coetzee, ON come Kyle Cooper, Lubabalo Mtembu and Tonderai Chavhanga

26 Jul 2014

66' - Carter's conversion is GOOD!

Crusaders lead 28-6 after 66 minutes

26 Jul 2014

65' - Game over for the Sharks as their scrum - so impressive last weekend - stutters as WILLI HEINZ swoops on the ball as it emerges from the scrum and darts over to score!

26 Jul 2014

65' - ***TRY TO THE CRUSADERS***

26 Jul 2014

CRUSADERS CHANGE

Kieran Read leaves the field to a massive round of applause, replaced by youngster Jordan Taufua

26 Jul 2014

YOU KNOW THAT SAYING...

You know that saying 'Don't kick a dog when it's down'?

The Sharks would miss...

26 Jul 2014

62' - The Crusaders camped deep inside the Sharks 22, area as their experience shows

26 Jul 2014

AND A FOURTH CHANGE...

OFF goes scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, ON comes Charl McLeod

26 Jul 2014

MORE CHANGES

OFF go the Sharks's props Thomas du Toit and Jannie du Plessis, ON come Dale Chadwick and Lourens Adriaanse

Also, SP Marias off after a forgettable night, on comes S'bu Sitole

26 Jul 2014

60' - Lambie - with his hair still looking picture-perfect - pushes the kick wide

Oh dear. Not the Sharks' night

26 Jul 2014

59' - Crusaders caught "inside the 10" and the Sharks are awarded a penalty

Bismarck elects to take the points - hopefully - through Lambie

Not too late to chase tries it appears...

26 Jul 2014

56' - Relentless from the Crusaders as they charge back into the Sharks' half from the kick-off

26 Jul 2014

CHANGES APLENTY

OFF goes Andy Ellis and Corey Flynn, ON comes Willi Heinz and Ben Funnell

26 Jul 2014

55' - Let-off for the Sharks as Carter pushes his kick wide

26 Jul 2014

55' - Carter will take aim at goal from near the half-way line as the home side eat up a few more minutes

26 Jul 2014

54' - The Sharks learning the hard way that one can't defend all match

Thankfully rugby's laws favour the team prepared to attack

26 Jul 2014

53' - Crusaders showing off their full array of skills now as the Sharks are caught offsides (Frans Steyn)

26 Jul 2014

49' - Carter's conversion attempt is away to the left as the Crusaders now lead 21-6 after 49 minutes

26 Jul 2014

49' - Too easy for the seven-time champion Crusaders who are building nicely this season as they now look like certain finalists

26 Jul 2014

48' - The Crusaders doing all the attacking, the Sharks doing all the defending

Attack wins as giant Fijian wing NEMANI NADOLO scores his 11th try of the season

26 Jul 2014

48' - ***TRY TO THE CRUSADERS***
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