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Chiefs beat Crusaders in Hamilton

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Article Published: Friday 24 May 2013

The Chiefs and Crusaders have played each other in Super Rugby 20 times since March 1996 and the Crusaders have won 70% of the matches.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The Chief kicks off and we are underway.
2.00: The Chiefs enjoy some early territory in the Crusaders half but then the Crusaders turn the ball over and kick it downfield. The Chiefs run the ball back and then the Crusaders turn the ball over and this time Carter kicks the ball out.
4.00: The Crusaders win a penalty from the scrum after the Chiefs chose the scrum from a free kick. Oddly Wyatt Crockett seemed to go down first there. 
5.00: Tom Taylor lines up for the penalty kick. He nails it.
7.00: Both teams full off attack with plenty of running. It's fairly even so far. However the Crusaders win another penalty. Carter kicks for touch and sets up a line out in the Chiefs 22.
9.00: The Crusaders win the line out and try to make ground in the Chiefs 22 but the Chiefs turn the ball over and kick the ball upfield.
11.00: Penalty to the Chiefs from the scrum this time. Cruden kicks for touch as the penalty was in the Chiefs half.
12.00: The Crusaders win the line out and Carter kicks deep but Aaron Cruden charges the ball down and he chases it, picks it up and runs for the line and scores. TRY! Cruden converts his try.
13.00: Carter's restart fails to travel 10m so we have a scrum on the half way line.
15.00; The Crusaders look to hit back. Tom Taylor slips through the Chiefs line, he is caught but the Crusaders are on the charge. They keep the ball going forward and then Brodie Retallick concedes a penalty for side entry. Carter kicks for touch inside the Chiefs 22.
17.00: Crusaders win the line out and attack through the backs. They get to about 2m out and the Matt Todd drives over with support and scores. TRY!
18.00: Tom Taylor takes the conversion kick and slots it.
21.00:The Chiefs win a penalty almost on the Crusaders 22m line from a scrum. Cruden will kick for posts.
22.00: Cruden takes the kick and slots it to level the scores.
25.00: There is a bit of a kicking duel as both teams send the ball backwards and forwards. Eventually Robbie Robinson kicks the ball out.
28.00: The Chiefs charge down another kick (from Tom Taylor this time) in the Crusaders 22. Craig Clarke gets to the ball charges it down and catches it and scores. TRY!
29.00: Cruden misses the conversion.
34.00: Chiefs line out is struggling a little but the Crusaders scrum is not as steady as last week. Robbie Robinson knocks on inside the Crusaders half.
35.00: Crusaders win the scrum and Tom Taylor makes a break. The Crusaders get the ball to the Chiefs 22 and then into it. Penalty to the Crusaders for playing the player without the ball.
36.00: Tom Taylor takes the penalty kick and slots it from in front but outside the 22.
39.00: The Chiefs have the ball inside their own half. They get to the half way line and the Robbie Robinson slips straight through. He is eventually caught and the Crusaders turn the ball over.
40.00: Penalty to the Crusaders for not releasing. Cruden takes the kick but misses. It's half time.
The half time score was Chiefs 15 Crusaders 13
The second half is underway.
43.00: Both teams make an intense start to the second half. Ryan Crotty is shoulder charged by Ben Tameifuna  so the Crusaders are awarded a penalty. He is lucky not to have been carded.
44.00: Tom Taylor takes the penalty kick and he slots it. Crusaders lead.
47.00: The Crusaders get the ball into the Chiefs 22. They get the maul rolling but it goes to ground and the Crusaders have a penalty. Tom Taylor kicks for posts and slots it.
51.00: The Chiefs have the ball in the Crusaders 22. They have a 5m line out. They win the line out and drive. The Crusaders however keep them out and even push them backwards. The Chiefs send the ball to the backs. Penalty to the Chiefs in front.  
52.00: Cruden slots the penalty and we have a one point game.
54.00: The Crusaders kick into space and Kieran Read gets to the ball, he is tackled as he goes over the tryline and Bundee Aki just manages to hold the ball up saving a try.
57.00: The Crusaders win a penalty so they take a line out and the Crusaders lose the ball so the Chiefs kick the ball out. The Crusaders are upping the pressure.
60.00: The Crusaders get the ball to the Chiefs line again. Read goes for the ball to score but leaves the ball behind and Sam Cane picks it up and the Chiefs kick the ball out.
62.00: The Chiefs are hanging on in defence. The Crusaders are dominating possession and territory but they just can't get that final break through. As they get over the 5m line Ellis loses the ball forward.
63.00: The crowd is 22,187 at this match. Hika Elliot comes off and Mahonri Schwalger comes on.
64.00: The Chiefs get the ball and they attack. Asaeli Tikoirotuma comes close to scoring but the Crusaders just manage to keep him out. The Chiefs keep the ball alive and continue to attack. The Crusader are now under the pump.
66.00: The Crusaders defend their line and then there is a knock on.
68.00: The Chiefs win a 5m scrum and drive for the line. Steve Walsh's arm goes up for advantage but the Chiefs send the ball to the backs and Charlie Ngatai goes over to score. TRY! Hang on though we go upstairs to check for an obstruction. No Try. The Chiefs have a penalty though.
The Chiefs get the ball, Masaga powers through and passes to Bundee Aki slices through and scores. TRY!
72.00: Cruden converts the try and Chiefs lead.
73.00: The Chiefs are playing the game in the middle of the field trying to ensure that Crusaders have to score from long range if at all. The Crusaders win a line out and Cruden breaks away but he is called back for a knock on.
76.00: There is a brief break in play for an injury - and for the players to catch a breath.
77.00: Cruden keeps the Crusaders pinned back in their half with a monster kick for touch. The Crusaders win a line out but kick it out.
79.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. If they kick the penalty the Crusaders won't get a bonus point.
80.00: Cruden takes the kick and siren sounds. It's over. That's it.
The full time score is Chiefs 28 Crusaders 19


Tries - A.Cruden, C.Clarke, B.Aki
Pen - A.Cruden 3
Con - A.Cruden 2
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - M.Todd.
Pen - T.Taylor 4
Con - T.Taylor
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO : Ben Skeen



1.Pauliasi Manu , 2.Hika Elliot , 3.Ben Tameifuna , 4.Craig Clarke (c) , 5.Brodie Retallick , 6.Liam Messam , 7.Tanerau Latimer , 8.Matt Vant Leven , 9.Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10.Aaron Cruden , 11.Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 12.Bundee Aki , 13.Charlie Ngatai , 14.Patrick Osborne , 15.Robbie Robinson

Replacements : 16.Mahonri Schwalger , 17.Toby Smith , 18.Michael Fitzgerald , 19.Sam Cane , 20.Augustine Pulu , 21.Dan Waenga , 22.Lelia Masaga


1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Codie Taylor ,3. Nepo Laulala , 4. Luke Romano , 5. Sam Whitelock , 6. George Whitelock , 7. Matt Todd ,8. Kieran Read (c) , 9. Andy Ellis , 10. Dan Carter , 11. Zac Guildford , 12. Tom Taylor , 13. Ryan Crotty, 14. Tom Marshall ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacemets : 16. Ben Funnell /Laurence Corlett, 17. Joe Moody ,18. Dominic Bird ,19. Luke Whitelock ,20. Willi Heinz , 21. Robbie Fruean, 22. Telusa Veianu

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