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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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Our referee is Brendon Pickerill and he will be assisted by Jamie Nutbrown and Cam Stone. The TMO is Glenn Newman.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Crusaders is expected to maintain their impressive 100% home record this season against the Sunwolves tonight.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and the Sunwolves, from AMI Stadium.
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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!
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Kick-off! We are off here in Christchurch.
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, DELANY! 7-0: Delany slots his first kick.
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George Bridge offloads to Manasa Mataele who steps into a gap and makes good ground. The Sunwolves will need to improve their tackling.
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Jiwon Koo is offside and the Crusaders have a penalty.
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The Crusaders win another penalty and this time Craig Millar is penalised for a scrum infringement.
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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.
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, DELANY! 14-0: Delany adds the extras.
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Ben Funnell joins the ruck incorrectly and the Sunwolves earn some much needed relief.
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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!
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Parker sends the conversion wide. That was not a bad effort in the wind.
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Ben Funnell is off injured and has been replaced by Andrew Makalio. The Crusaders have a penalty after a lift tackle from Lappies Labuschagne.
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We now have a hail storm and some lightning. The conditions are shocking.
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Jiwon Koo sees a gap and escapes some poor Crusaders tackling. He is eventually stopped.
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The rain has eased a bit now.
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After some resets at the scrum Craig Millar is penalised for standing up under pressure. The Crusaders find a good touch.
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The Sunwolves do well to steal the Crusaders line-out ball. Great work under pressure!
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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.
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The Crusaders win a scrum penalty and they take another scrum.
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Ethan Blackadder is penalised for not releasing the ball. The Sunwolves survive two metres from their line.
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Tom Sanders is off injured for the Crusaders and has been replaced by Pete Samu.
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Hosea Saumaki is penalised for taking out Mitchell Drummond without the ball. The Crusaders find a good touch.
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Blackadder secures the line-out and then they mess up the move with a handling error. No surprise in these conditions.
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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.
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Kenki Fukuoka is guilty of a ruck infringement and the Crusaders have a penalty inside the Sunwolves 22. They opt for the corner.
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The ball slips through the fingers of Strange and the Sunwolves feed a scrum in their own 22.
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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.
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Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
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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.
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Delany spills a ball inside the Crusaders 22. The Sunwolves force another mistake and win a five metre scrum.
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The Sunwolves charge forward after the scrum and Little is stopped short.
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The Sunwolves recycle the ball and after nine phases the ball is knocked on.
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The Sunwolves string nine more phases together and they have another five metre scrum. They have done well keeping the ball in hand there.
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PENALTY, SUNWOLVES, PARKER! 14-11: Owen Franks is penalised at the scrum and again Parker slots a good kick.
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Grant Hattingh messes up the catch after the restart and the Crusaders feed a scrum inside the Sunwolves 22.
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Craig Millar is again penalised at the scrum and now the Crusaders go for the corner.
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Yoshitaka Tokunaga is guilty of bringing the maul down and we have another line-out.
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Barrett fails to take the line-ball cleanly and Lappies Labuschagne comes away with it. Relief for the Sunwolves.
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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!
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, DELANY! 21-11: Delany restores some order by stretching the lead to 10 points.
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Matt Todd has his hands in the ruck and the Sunwolves earn some more relief.
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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!
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The conversion is pushed wide by Delany.
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Hosea Saumaki is penalised for not releasing the ball. Delany finds touch near the Sunwolves 10 metre line.
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Barrett is penalised for not releasing the ball. The Sunwolves feed a line-out inside the Crusaders 22.
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The Sunwolves mess it up with a handling error after nine patient phases. What a pity!
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The Crusaders put 23 patient phases together before Lappies Labuschagne is penalised for not rolling away from the ruck.
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The Crusaders opt for the corner and secure their line-out. They drive forward and then Pete Samu spills it in the tackle.
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The Crusaders attack again and lose the ball three metres from the Sunwolves line. All credit to the Sunwolves defence there.
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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.
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 33-11: Mitch Hunt who just came on slots the conversion.
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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.
Crusaders
Sunwolves
5
Tries
1
0' Ryan Crotty
8' Matt Todd
56' Ryan Crotty
61' Manasa Mataele
79' Jack Stratton
13' Michael Little
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Conversions
0
2' Mike Delany
9' Mike Delany
57' Mike Delany
80' Mitch Hunt
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Penalties
2
42' Hayden Parker
50' Hayden Parker
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Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Tim Perry
Ben Funnell
Owen Franks
Scott Barrett
Quinten Strange
Ethan Blackadder
Matt Todd
Tom Sanders
Mitchell Drummond
Mike Delany
Manasa Mataele
Ryan Crotty
Tim Bateman
Israel Dagg
George Bridge
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Craig Millar
Jaba Bregvadze
Jiwon Koo
James Moore
Grant Hattingh
Yoshitaka Tokunaga
Pieter Labuschagne
Kazuki Himeno
Fumiaki Tanaka
Hayden Parker
Kenki Fukuoka
Michael Little
Timothy Lafaele
Hosea Saumaki
Will Tupou
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Reserves
8
Andrew Makalio
Harrison Allan
Chris King
Luke Romano
Peter Samu
Jack Stratton
Mitch Hunt
Seta Tamanivalu
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17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Yusuke Niwai
Shintaro Ishihara
Takuma Asahara
Sam Wykes
Ed Quirk
Yutaka Nagare
Ryoto Nakamura
Semisi Masirewa