Crusaders beat Blues

This was a live score update. – Full report to follow.

 

 

Preview

 

Who would have thought that with the Blues topping the table in Round 3 that in Rd. 11 they would be almost out of contention for a Semi. While they are still in with a shout they need to win this weekend to stay in the hunt for a play off place.

 

 

Friday April 25
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Referee: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Brent Murray(New Zealand), Kane McBride  (New Zealand)
Television match official: Bryce Lawrence  (New Zealand)
Assessor: Stuart Beissel (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 14, Blues 8, Crusaders 6
In Christchurch: Played 8, Blues 5, Crusaders 3
Last season: Round 1, February 2 2007: Blues 34-25 Crusaders at Eden Park, Auckland

 

Match Detail

 

0.00: We are waiting for the kick off.

 

After a minute’s silence for ANZAC day the match gets underway.

 

1.00: The Crusaders go immediately on the attack and work the ball up into the Blues 22.

 

12.00: Richie McCaw was the first to score points in the first match of the weekend as he dived under the posts scoring a try.

 

12.00: Stephen Brett converted the try.

 

16.00: Nasi Manu comes on for Mose Tuialii who limps off.

 

25.00: Corey Flynn gets a relatively soft try for the Crusaders. Brett misses the conversion.

 

27.00 The Blues swing it wide & Rudi Wulf scores the Blues first try. Nick Evans converts the try.

 

33.00: Corey Flynn gives away a silly penalty for tackling synical play. Nick Evans clears.

 

34.00: The Crusaders stretch the Blues defence but they come up just short. They go again and the Blues give another penalty away. Again they go but the ball goes forward.

 

36.00: Nasi Manu gives away a penalty. Evans clears.

 

38.00: The Crusaders give another penalty away this time on the half way line so they opt for the scrum as the Blues scrum is dominating.

 

39.00: Isa Nacewa twice kicks the ball up wasting precious ball.

 

40.03: The siren goes for half time.  

 

The half time Score was Crusaders 12 Blues 7

 

The second half is underway.

 

42.00: The Blues come out firing and Nick Williams looks to have scored a try. Referee Lyndon Bray goes upstairs and the try is confirmed.

 

42.00: Nick Evans converts the try.

 

44.00: The Crusaders fire straight back as they normally do and spread the Blues wide and run it from their own 22 as Corey Flynn scores his second try, this time under the posts.

 

The Crusaders are now in the hunt for the bonus point try.

 

45.00: Brett converts the try.

 

51.00: The Crusaders are awarded a penalty so Stephen Brett has a shot at goal but the ball just hits the post and bounces out.

 

53.00: The Blues give away a penalty for taking a player out in the air while in the line out so Stephen Brett has another shot at goal from well out but the ball just drifts wide.

 

63.00: Corey Flynn who had been given a warning ea

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