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Triple defending champions the Crusaders top the New Zealand conference heading into this game, having won all their matches bar a defeat to the Chiefs. The Reds are third in the Australian conference despite having won only one of five games.
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Reds: 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Isaac Lucas, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (captain), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith. Substitutes: 16 Ed Craig, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Filipo Daugunu
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Crusaders: 15 George Bridge, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Dallas McLeod, 11 Leicester Fainga'anuku, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Ere Enari, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Cullen Grace, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Scott Barrett (captain), 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody. Substitutes: 16 Brodie McAlister, 17 George Bower, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Manasa Mataele
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and the Reds at the Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch.
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The Crusaders get the game underway and get the ball. The Reds briefly win it back, but Speight knocks on.
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The Crusaders pressure continues, but the Reds eventually win the penalty and clear through Stewart.
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The Reds nearly managed to burst through a gap in the defence, but a knock-on stops them dead. The Crusaders pile the pressure on again.
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The Crusaders are camped on the Reds' five-metre line. They have the put-in at the scrum.
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TRY, CRUSADERS, MOODY! 5-0: Moody barges over the line, under the posts for the Crusaders!
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 7-0: Mo'unga was never going to miss from there!
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TRY, REDS, FEAUAI-SAUTIA! 7-5: Good work from Campbell in the build-up as the Reds find themselves with numbers out wide on the right. Reece is drawn in and Feauai-Sautia goes over in the corner!
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The Reds respond well, putting pressure on the Crusaders and setting up and winning an attacking lineout.
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Campbell pushes his conversion attempt wide of the posts and the Crusaders retain the lead.
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PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO''UNGA! 10-5: The Crusaders win a penalty right under the sticks for offside and Mo''unga makes no mistake.
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The Reds have hit back strong again, setting up a lineout on the edge of the 22.
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Campbell misses another conversion, so the scores remain level at 10-10.
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TRY, REDS, WILSON! 10-10: After a sustained build-up, Wilson as gone over. The break from Salakaia-Loto started it all and the Reds have their reward.
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The pressure builds up. Have the Reds got the ball over the line here? Referee Rasta Rasivhenge goes upstairs.
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Campbell goes on a marauding run and then offloads to JP Smith in the tackle right outside the 22. The Reds continue to pile on the pressure.
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Christie is penalised for not rolling away. The Reds have a superb chance to score. They're right in front of the try-line.
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A handling error stops the Reds in their tracks. The Crusaders have a scrum and a chance to escape.
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Crusaders debutant McLeod breaks for the Crusaders and passes to Goodhue. The hosts work the ball out wide to Reece, but he knocks on and the Reds have a scrum.
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It's the Crusaders on the attack now. They're close to the 22 after 16 phases of attack.
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The Reds win the penalty on the edge of the 22 in phase 19. Great work from the Reds defence. They'll go for the clearance into touch here.
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The Reds are playing some good rugby towards the end of the half, putting the pressure on once again.
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Campbell gets the second half up and running for the Reds. Moody picks up for the 14-man Crusaders.
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HALF-TIME: CRUSADERS 10-10 REDS. The teams head into the break level after an exciting half of rugby. The Crusaders are down to 14 men temporarily with Sanders in the sin bin and it remains to be seen what impact this has.
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YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS, SANDERS! This is a big blow for the hosts as their eighthman ignores instructions to leave the ball at the ruck and goes into the sin bin.
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A dangerous tackle from JP Smith sees the Crusaders set up an attacking lineout.
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TRY, CRUSADERS, BRIDGE! 15-10: Brilliant from Bridge as he dances through multiple tackles to go over for the try!
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 17-10: Mo'unga extends the Crusaders' lead to seven points.
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TRY, REDS, TUPOU! 17-15: The Reds hit back straightaway once again as Tupou powers over the line!
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Malolua takes over kicking duties from Campbell, but the outcome is the same as he pulls the kick wide.
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The Reds win their lineout just inside Crusaders territory and look to launch another attack.
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TRY, CRUSADERS, FAINGA'ANUKU! 22-15: The Crusaders win the ball and break. Drummond is involved in initiating it and then a lovely series of passes inside and out leads to Fainga'anuku going over for the try!
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 24-15: No mistake from the conversion yet again. The Crusaders are more than a converted try up now.
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Havili is having a head injury assessment, having seemingly hurt himself while making a tackle.
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The Reds lose possession from an attacking lineout. Shortly thereafter, the Crusaders get the penalty against Mafi and boot the ball upfield.
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The Reds continue to put pressure on the Crusaders and they have the put-in to an attacking scrum.
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Not everything has gone according to plan for the Crusaders in this game, but their defence has been impeccable since a difficult spell in the first half.
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It's the Crusaders piling on the pressure again now. They take the ball through six phases before Reece looks to ground in the corner for the try. It was lost forward though, seemingly by Goodhue.
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Havili has failed his head injury assessment and will sit out the rest of the game.
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TRY, REDS, SPEIGHT! 24-20: The Crusaders are penalised at the scrum and the Reds set up the lineout. From there, they break, with a series of fine passes sending Speight through for the try!
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Hegarty's pass to Speight was instrumental in the creation of that try, but the former has missed the conversion. The score remains 24-20.
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The Reds counter again with Tupou initiating it. However, a tackle from Drummond on McReight saves the Crusaders' skins.
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Zander is penalised at the scrum as the clock continues to tick in Christchurch.
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The hooter has gone and the Reds are trying to get out of their own half. The Crusaders are penalised for offside.
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The Reds fail to make up much ground from the kick into touch, but they win their lineout at least.
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FULL-TIME: CRUSADERS 24-20 REDS: Reece rips the ball from Campbell's grasp and goes over, but it is disallowed for a knock-on. In any case, the Crusaders get the win, while the Reds have to settle for a bonus point.
Crusaders
Reds
3
Tries
4
10' Joe Moody
43' George Bridge
52' Leicester Fai...
14' Chris Feauai-...
25' Harry Wilson
46' Taniela Tupou
71' Henry Speight
3
Conversions
0
11' Richie Mo''unga
44' Richie Mo''unga
54' Richie Mo''unga
1
Penalties
0
19' Richie Mo''unga
0
Drop Goals
0
1
Yellow Cards
0
40' Tom Sanders
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Joe Moody
Codie Taylor
Michael Alaalatoa
Scott Barrett
Mitchell Dunshea
Cullen Grace
Tom Christie
Tom Sanders
Ereatara Enari
Richie Mo'unga
Leicester Fainga'...
Dallas McLeod
Jack Goodhue
Sevu Reece
George Bridge
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Jean-Pierre Smith
Alex Mafi
Taniela Tupou
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
Harry Hockings
Angus Scott-Young
Liam Wright
Harry Wilson
Scott Malolua
Isaac Lucas
Henry Speight
Hamish Stewart
Hunter Paisami
Chris Feauai-Sautia
Jock Campbell
8
Reserves
8
Brodie McAlister
George Bower
Oli Jager
Luke Romano
Sione Havili
Mitchell Drummond
Brett Cameron
Manasa Mataele
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Ed Craig
Dane Zander
Joshua Nasser
Angus Blyth
Fraser McReight
Tate McDermott
Bryce Hegarty
Filipo Daugunu