Crusaders 35 Bulls 15

The location of the Super 14 final will be decided in this match. If the Crusaders win this match they will have a home Semi-final. If they lose The Hurricanes will host the Semi-final.

The Crusaders have led the table all year and the Bulls snuck in last week thanks to their hammering of the Stormers.

It would take a brave man to put his money down on a Bulls win today. The Crusaders won 5 out of 10 Super 12 tournaments and other than a brief period towards the end of this season they have looked like they are going to continue with their dominance.

The Bulls have had moments where they have looked like the best team in the tournament BUT it has only lasted for one half of the game. The Bulls will need to put in two top halves to come away with what would be termed the biggest upset in Super rugby history.

Saturday 20 May

7:35pm local, Jade Stadium, Christchurch

Crusaders v Bulls

Referee: Stuart Dickinson

Touch Judge 1 & Res Referee: Matt Goddard

Touch Judge 2: Brett Bowden
TV Match Official: Paul Marks

Almost Live match summary

Referee: Stuart Dickinson (not good for Bulls fans)

Conditions – Good but a little cold.

The teams are coming on to the field.

Time: 0.00
Morne Steyn kicks off.
It’s a high paced game already as the Bulls try to play the game in the Crusaders 25.
Bulls get good position in the Crusaders 25 but the Crusaders forward steal the ball and clear.
McCaw gives away a penalty and its in front of the posts. Steyn takes it and misses!
Both teams are kicking deep to gain territory. Bulls set peices are working well.
Andrew Ellis gives away a penalty. The Bulls go for the lineout. Good line-out but the ball goes to ground in the pass.
Bulls give away a penalty now and it’s in front of the posts. Carter will take it.
He gets it.
Crusaders 3 Bulls 0
Crusaders are starting to send the ball wide and its starting to work for them.
Bulls lose a line-out on their throw
Bulls again kick for touch and dont find it.
MacDonald chips up and over the line. Gear gets through to score the 1st try.
Carter misses the conversion.
Crusaders 8 Bulls 0
Bulls are trying to play to their strengths keeping the ball in the forwards. The ball goes to ground and again the Crusaders turn it over.

Bulls forwards again win ball but Morne Steyn doesnt find touch
Steyn makes a great break dodging several tackles. He goes to ground but the Crusaders give away a penalty.
Steyn takes the shot at goal. Its over.
Crusaders 8 Bulls 3
Laulala passes to Gear who goes over for his 2nd try. We go upstairs. Ref says its a try.
Carter goes for the posts and misses.
Crusaders 13 Bulls 3
Short break in the game for an injury – JP Nel.
Carter goes for the drop. Its over.
Crusaders 16 Bulls 3
Bakkies Botha comes off for injury. The Bulls however get a line-out 5m out from the Crusaders line.
They drive for the line but pop the ball out to Habana at pace who flies over the line for the Bulls try. Steyn misses the conversion.
Crusaders 16 Bulls 8
The hooter

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