Chiefs end Crusaders run

This was a live score update – 




This is the big one for the Chiefs. They are coming off the bye and they face the tournament leaders the Crusaders. Luckily the Chiefs are at home – and there are still tickets available.


Friday April 18
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges: Steve Walsh (New Zealand), Brent Murray (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Assessor: Kim Eichmann (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Crusaders 9, Chiefs 3
In Hamilton: Played 5, Crusaders 5, Chiefs 0
Last season: Round 14, May 4 2007: Chiefs 30-24 Crusaders at Jade Stadium, Christchurch


Match Detail



0.00: We are waiting for the kick off.


2.00: The Chiefs got the perfect start when the Crusaders gave away an early penalty so Stephen Donald took the kick and slotted it to put the Chiefs in front.


7.00: The Crusaders were given a penalty as Tim Bateman is tackled late. Stephen Brett took the kick but sliced it.


13.00: The Chiefs scored the first try of the match as Sitiveni Sivivatu scored in the corner.


14.00: Stephen Donald took the conversion but it hit the posts.


17.00: The Crusaders looked to be on their way to scoring a try but Sean Maitland lost the ball in the try-saving tackle by Sitiveni Sivivatu.


20.00: Ref Craig Joubert gives Mils Muliaina a team warning for infringements telling him that the next time an infringement happens it will be a card. The Crusaders go for the scrum.


24.00: The Chiefs work the ball the length of the field but as the go for the try the ball is knocked on.


26.00: Toby Lynn of the Chiefs is sent to the bin for playing the ball on the ground.


29.00: The Chiefs (down to 14) score their second try as Simms Davison dives over the line.


30.00: Stephen Donald slots the conversion.


35.00: The Chiefs (still down to 14) get the overlap but the ball goes to ground.


36.00: Callum Bruce’s replacement Dwayne Sweeney is having a great game.


38. 00: The Chiefs are awarded a penalty for an intentional knock down. Stephen Donald slots it perfectly.


39.57: The siren goes.


The half time score is Chiefs 18 Crusaders 0


The second half is underway.


46.00: The Crusaders finally got on the board as the Chiefs fumbled the ball only for Stephen Brett to break free and pass to Andrew Ellis who scored the try.


47.00: Stephen Brett failed to convert the try.


66.00: The Crusaders come extremely close to scoring another try but the ball is lost as it is dotted down. The Crusader need two converted tries to win this match.


70..00: The Crusaders are making loads of mistakes – throwing away opportunities. Their performance has been most un-Crusaders-like.


73.00: The Crusaders seem to be trying too hard which is forcing mistakes. The Chiefs defence has also been outstanding.


78.00: Dwayne Sweeney puts in a huge tackle

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