Our referee is Ben O'Keeffe. He will be assisted by Paul Williams and Richard Kelly. The Television match official is Glenn Newman.
Team Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Fetuli Paea, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Sione Havili, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor (c), 1 George Bower. Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Isileli Tu’ungafasi, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Billy Harmon, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Leicester Fainga’anuku.
Team Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Tupou Vaa’i, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Reuben O’Neill. Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Simon Parker, 21 Lisati Milo-Harris, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Quinn Tupaea.
It has not been the best of starts for the Chiefs since the lockdown and they are still winless in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
The table-topping Crusaders suffered their first defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes by 34-32 last week.
G'Day and welcome to the FMG Stadium in Waikato for our live coverage of this Super Rugby Aotearoa clash between the Chiefs and the Crusaders.
Kick-Off! We are underway here in Hamilton after some well deserved applause for Aaron Cruden, who plays his 100th Super Rugby game this evening.
Goodhue launch the first Crusaders attack and they get early continuity going, as they make their way to the Chiefs 22.
Wainui is into a gap on the short side and the Chiefs secure the first offside penalty. The kick at goal by McKenzie into the breeze is just wide!
TRY, CRUSADERS, SANDERS! 0-5: A flat bullet pass after a line-out to Goodhue. Lovely hands from the Crusaders and it lands for Sanders, who sprints home to score in the cporner! Great Work!
The conversion from Richie Mo'unga is wide!
Great work by Lachlan Boshier, to secure a Chiefs penalty at the breakdown and some relief. They find the touch but then Whitelock spoils the party by stealing the ball.
TRY, CRUSADERS, JORDAN! 0-10: Mo'unga is into a gap and the Crusaders have numbers wide. They are initially stopped short of the line before a recycled ball finds Will Jordan to SCORE! Brilliant!
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 0-12: This time he slots a good kick!
The Crusaders are looking ominous tonight!
We have a stoppage in play and O'Neill has been replaced by Ollie Norris for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs open it up with a quick line-out in their own half. Stevenson sets off on a long run down the right. Five phases later they secure an offside penalty and opt for a 5m scrum.
TRY, CHIEFS, BOSHIER! 5-12: Sowakula collects the ball at the back of the scrum and Lienert-Brown is into a gap. The ball is recycled and then Lachlan Boschier is OVER!
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 7-12: Damian McKenzie slots an easy kick!
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 10-12: Damian McKenzie makes it a two-point game after converting an offside penalty.
McKenzie finds a good touch after a rare error by Jordan.
Nankivell starts an attack for the Chiefs and the short ball finds Laulala but they give away a penalty at the breakdown and Norris is the guilty party. The Crusaders feed a line-out in the Chiefs half.
Great defence from Cruden and relief for the Chiefs by winning a penalty. Cruden fails to find touch.
McKenzie chips the ball into empty territory and the ball rolls out deep inside the Crusaders 22.
The Crusaders earn a scrum penalty. Mo'unga finds touch and the Crusaders drive after the line-out. They are then penalised for holding on after a great tackle by Nankivell.
YELLOW CARD, CHIEFS, STEVENSON! 10-17: Stevenson is into space and is penalised for a deliberate knock-down. Mo'unga finds touch and the Crusaders secure the set-piece. They drive forward and keep going. Great work by Codie TAYLOR to SCORE!
HALF-TIME: CHIEFS 10-17 CRUSADERS. The conversion is wide and the Crusaders enjoy a seven point lead at the break.
Kick-Off! We are back underway in the second half.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 13-17: Boshier is involved again and the Chiefs secure another breakdown penalty. Damian McKenzie goes for goal and makes no mistake!
Bridge is into a gap and comes close before Cruden does well for the Chiefs by turning the ball over on his line. Great work!
Stevenson is back and the Chiefs are at full strength again. He finds a gap and makes good ground before they secure an offside penalty.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 16-17: We have a one-point game after Damian McKenzie goes for goal and makes no mistake!
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 16-20: It's tit for tat and Mo'unga now slots an easy kick.
PENALTY, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 19-20: Mo'unga and Jordan combine well before the Crusaders are penalised near halfway for hands in the ruck. We have a one-point game again after Damian McKenzie slots a good kick.
McKenzie kicks deep and long into space and Mo'unga clears.
The Crusaders steal a Chiefs line-out and make their way into Chiefs territory.
TRY, CRUSADERS, REECE! 19-25: Reece is over to score for the Crusaders after some good work and the TMO rules that the ball did not go forward earlier in the move. However replays indicate that the decision is WRONG!
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 19-27: Again he slots a good kick!
The Crusaders secure yet another scrum penalty after a second shove. They have been brilliant this evening at the scrum. Mo'unga goes for goal and pushes it wide!
TRY, CRUSADERS, FAINGAANUKU! 19-32: Leicester Faingaanuku shows some fancy footwork after the Crusaders secure a line-out and even McKenzie cannot stop him. The conversion is pushed away again.
The Chiefs drive forward after a line-out inside the Crusaders half of the field. They go wide and after 13 phases Ah Kuoi is stopped short. The Chiefs have a penalty and go for the corner.
The Chiefs secure another penalty at the breakdown following a driving maul. Again they go for the corner but this time after seven phases the ball is turned over. Great work Crusaders!
The Chiefs lose it forward via Cruden and the Crusaders feed a scrum on the halfway line.
Once again the Crusaders secure their scrum penalty. Ruthless!
Relief for the Chiefs and they feed a scrum after a knock-on. Cruden leaves the field in his 100th game.
FULL-TIME: CHIEFS 19-32 CRUSADERS. The Crusaders return to their winning ways in a close game and after a few controversial decisions this evening. There is no doubt though that the better team won. Thank you for joining us.