Our referee is James Doleman. He will be assisted by Mike Fraser and Paul Williams. The TMO is Chris Hart.
Blues: 15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane (cc), 12 Tanielu Tele’a, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Harry Plummer, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii (cc), 6 Blake Gibson, 5 Sam Darry, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe, Replacements: 16 Soane Vikena, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Taine Plumtree, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Otere Black, 23 AJ Lam
Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Sione Havili, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett (c), 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower,
Replacements: 16 Brodie McAlister, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Dallas McLeod, 23 Manasa Mataele
G'Day and welcome to the Orangetheory Stadium for our live coverage of this Super Rugby Aotearoa clash between the Crusaders and the Blues.
Kick-off! We are on our way here in Christchurch after an Anzac Day rememberance celebration!
The Crusaders kick-off and then win the ball back inside the Blues 22. After some handling errors the Crusaders get it back and Mo'unga's drop goal attempt is WIDE!
The Crusaders come close down the left but great work by Dalton Papalii to turn it over!
TRY, CRUSADERS, JORDAN! 5-0: Great work by the Crusaders and Will Jordan is over within the first five minutes. A skip-pass sends him away and the Blues will not be happy with thier defence!
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 7-0: No mistakes from Mo'unga!
Richie Mo'unga and the Crusaders come again. This time he tries a kick downfield after some fancy footwork but it rolls over the deadball line.
The Blues secure a penalty at the breakdown and set up an attacking line-out. The line-out is secured and they go wide. The TMO is then involved and rules that Havilli tackled a Blues player without the ball. No card! Harry Plummer goes for goal and sends it wide!
The Blues set up another line-out after an offside penalty. This time Scott Barrett steals their set-piece but then it is spilled in the tackle by another player.
After a few resets at the scrum the Blues secure a penalty and find another good touch.
NO TRY, BLUES, SOTUTO! 7-0: Once again they secure the line-out and build nicely. An overlap is created before Sotutu storms into a gap to SCORE! Good work! The TMO is NOT happy with the grounding! NO TRY!!
Plummer serves up a high-kick and the Crusaders come away with it. They launch an attack inside their own 22 before the Blues turn it over.
The Crusaders give away another penalty at the breakdown. This time Black sends it to the corner.
The line-out is secured and they drive forward before the Crusaders win the turn-over five metres out. Good work!
LUCKY! Caleb Clarke decides to run at the Crusaders but spill the ball in the tackle. He is saved some blushes after a Crusaders forward pass en route to a certain try.
The Blues are under pressure now after a forward pass inside their own 22.
TRY, CRUSADERS, REECE! 12-0: After a few resets at the scrum the Crusaders come away with it. They string the phases together before going wide for Sevu Reece to score after a David Havilli offload. Fantastic!
The conversion is wide!
The Blues find touch inside the Crusaders 22 after a penalty following a captains referral for foul play. The line-out is secured but a silly high-pass hands the ball to the Crusaders 10 metres out.
Taylor feeds a line-out on the Blues 22 after a penalty at the breakdown. However good work by Papalii turns it OVER!
After a frantic period of play Telea is penalised at the breakdown and Mo'unga goes for the corner. Will the Crusaders score before the break yet again? NO! Mo'unga goes for goal and sends it WIDE!
HALF-TIME: CRUSADERS 12-0 BLUES. The Crusaders secure another penalty and this time David Havilli just misses with his attempt at goal. That was a near thing and we head into the break with the Crusaders in the lead. The Blues did some good things but also made a lot of mistakes.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
PENALTY, BLUES, BLACK! 12-3: The Blues are on the board after an early penalty after the break. That's what they wanted.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 15-3: Tit for tat! The Crusaders reply quickly to restore their lead after an offside penalty.
PENALTY, BLUES, BLACK! 12-6: Is this the tome for the second half? Black slots another after an offside penalty.
The Blues step inside the Crusaders 22 and string the phases together before the Crusaders secure the penalty at the breakdown nine metres from their own line. Great work!
After a few resets at the scrum the Crusaders secure the scrum penalty and Mo'unga finds touch. The throw is deep and Havilli sends a kick over the top and into touch five metres out.
The Blues now secure a penalty at the breakdown and Black lines it up from 35 metres but drags it WIDE!
TRY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 20-6: The Blues give away a penalty under pressure and Mo'unga sends it to the corner. They line-out is secured and they drive forward before Cody Taylor comes from the back to SCORE!
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 22-6: The conversion is good!
A lull in play with errors from both teams.
Another Crusaders penalty and this time for offside near the halfway line. Mo'unga finds the corner.
Great work by the Blues to secure the turnover after the Crusaders drive forward.
After a few injuries and a few resets at the scrum the Crusaders come away with it. They make their way toward the Blues 22 before it is turned-over! The Blues come oh so close aftter a break down the middle from Akira Ioane before the Crusaders win a penalty.
TRY, CRUSADERS, JORDAN! 27-6: A grubber kick by Havilli after a quick Crusaders move bounces nicely for Jordan, who SCORES! The TMO is happy with the grounding!
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 29-6: It's two more for the Crusaders and Mo'unga.
After some more resets at the scrum the Crusaders come away with the penalty. Mo'unga finds a good touch only for the Blues to steal the set-piece.
FULL-TIME: CRUSADERS 29-6 BLUES. The Crusaders prevail in the end but the Blues certainly had their opportunities and handling errors in particular let them down. Thank you for joining us.