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Crusaders beat Chiefs in Hamilton

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Article Published: Friday 18 April 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the current champions the Chiefs and the Crusaders the Chiefs have won four and the Crusaders have won one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Chiefs kick off and we are underway. Anscombe kicks out on the full so we have a scrum on the half way line.

1.00: The Crusaders win the scrum and chip ahead. It hits a Chiefs player and the Crusaders get the ball back.

2.00: The Crusaders mount a short attack but the Chiefs turn the ball over and attack the Crusaders on the half way line. Anscombe boots the ball upfield.

3.00: A long phase of play which sees the ball changing sides several times briefly ends with a penalty to the Crusaders. Read takes it quickly but then the Chiefs concede another penalty. They will kick for posts.

4.00: Colin Slade takes the kick for posts and nails it. The Crusaders lead.

6.00: The Crusaders win their scrum but its scrappy. They manage to kick the ball upfield, and a short kicking contest follows which the Chiefs win.  

8.00: The Crusaders win the line out and start their attack but then we are called back for a knock on from Kerr Barlow.

9.00: Penalty to the Crusaders from the scrum. . Ben Tameifuna. Slade will kick for posts again.

10.00; Slade takes the kick from almost 39m out. He nails it.

11.00: A bit of push and shove breaks out which shows how much these teams want this. It dies down and the Chiefs have a penalty. It started with Retalick pushing Crockett.  Anscombe kicks for touch.

12.00: The Chiefs win their line out and then they win a penalty so Anscombe will have a kick for posts.

13.00: Anscombe takes the penalty kick and slots it. The Chiefs are on the board.

15.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. Colin Slade takes the kick and slots it.

18.00: Rain starts pouring down. It's thick and heavy rain. The Chiefs win a line out but then they are caught offside so the Crusaders have a penalty. They kick for touch.

20.00: The rain seems to have slowed a little now. The Crusaders have the ball in the Chiefs 22. They go through 8 phases edging forward.

21.00: The Chiefs turn the ball over and kick upfield. Dagg chases - he does not look comfortable - but the ball finds the touch line. Tee Crusaders win the line out and they kick out upfield.

24.00: The Crusaders work the ball into the Chiefs 22 but then the Crusaders go off their feet so the Chiefs have a penalty. They kick for touch and Anscombe sends it to the Crusaders 22.

27.00:The Chiefs attack in the Crusaders 22. Liam Squire is flattened by Dominic Bird who is shown a yellow card for a no arms tackle.  Squire goes for a concussion test as Anscombe takes a penalty kick. He nails it.

30.00: The attrition rate in this is high. Read is down injured. Play continues and the Chiefs catch the Crusaders in their 22 and the Crusaders concede a penalty. Read comes off for concussion and so does Kerr Barlow - could also be a test.

31.00: Anscombe takes the penalty kick and levels the scores.  

33.00; Squire has failed the concussion test. The Chiefs move the ball down the line but Tom Marshall loses it forward. Kerr Barlow passed his concussion test.

35.00; The Crusaders win a scrum - with a man down - and kick for touch. The ball rolls out in the Chiefs 22.

35.00: The Chiefs line out is a mess but the Crusaders go offside. Penalty to the Chiefs. Anscombe kicks for touch. Kieran Read is staying off - failed the concussion test.

37.00: The Chiefs win a penalty in front of the posts. Anscombe takes the kick from 37m out. He nails it. The Chiefs lead for the first time. Bird is back on from the bin.

39.00: The Crusaders move the ball down the line but they lose it. They get back to gather the ball but the Chiefs have the advantage, they continue to attack and Tom Marshall slips through and scores in the corner. TRY!

40.00:  Anscombe takes the conversion kick and misses from the touchline.

It's half time.

The half time score was Chiefs 17 Crusaders 9  

The Crusaders kick off and we are underway.

42.00:The Chiefs make a strong start. They work the ball into the Crusaders 22. They put the line under huge pressure but somehow the Crusaders hold them out through 23 phases.

43.00: On the 26th phase the Chiefs spill the ball a metre out.

45.00: The first scrum under the posts collapses so it has to be reset. The Chiefs engage early so the Crusaders get a free kick. They kick for touch.

48.00: Andy Ellis comes on for Willi Heinz of the Crusaders.  Immediately the Crusaders win a penalty from a scrum. Slade will kick for posts.

49.00; Slade takes the shot and nails it.

50.00: Nadolo breaks free on the wing, he passes to Ellis who loses the ball and the Chiefs attack. They lose the ball but the Crusaders throw the ball out. The Chiefs take it quickly and then concede a penalty. Slade will kick again.

52.00: Slade's kick hits the post and bounces out. The Chiefs get the ball and run it. They have to kick and the ball goes out juts outside the Crusaders 22.

55.00: The Chiefs attack and Marshall looks threatening but the Crusaders win a penalty. They kick for touch. The Crusaders win the line out and attack on the half way line.

57.00: The Crusaders are starting to control the game in the Chiefs half more and more.

58.00: Matt Symonds comes on for the Chiefs. The Crusaders win a line out and use the maul. That breaks up so the Crusaders start using the pick and go and they concede a penalty.

61.00: The teams are battling to complete a scrum in the middle of the field. Lots of resets.

63.00: The Crusaders win the scrum, they kick high and chase and Tom Marshall gets to the ball and knocks on.

64.00: Nemani Nadalo breaks down the wing, he gets through a couple of tackles and knocks on. Play continues and the Chiefs have a 5m scrum.

65.00: Early shove so the Chiefs have a penalty. Anscombe kicks for touch, doesn't find it so the Crusaders attack. They win a penalty and Slade will kick for posts.

66.00: Slade's kick hits the post again but this time the Crusaders are ready for it and they attack. Penalty to the Crusaders in front for offside.

69.00: Slade bangs over the penalty to cut the gap a little.

70.00: The Chiefs (Ben Tameifuna) go offside so the Crusaders and Slade have a penalty.

71.00: Colin Slade takes the kick and this one he nails. The Crusaders lead.

72.00: Penalty in their half to the Crusaders. They kick for touch.

75.00: The Chiefs win the ball from a line out , they chip ahead but Dagg is there and he boots it back which starts a kicking contest. Eventually the Chiefs kick for the Crusaders 22 and find the line.

78.00: Anton Lienert-Brown tackles Andy Ellis around the neck in the Crusaders 22 so we go to the TMO. The Crusaders win a penalty and they kick for touch.

79.00: The Crusaders lose the ball so the Chiefs get it and attack. The Chiefs then lose the ball and Andy Ellis kicks it upfield.

80.00: The siren sounds and the Chiefs try to run the ball from their half.

81.00: The Chiefs work the ball up to the half way line. The Chiefs have the advantage. The get a penalty. Anscombe will kick for posts to win the match.

82.00: Anscombe lines up. Its a huge kick. He misses.

The Crusaders win.

The full time score is Chiefs 17 (17) Crusaders 18 (9)


Tries - T.Marshall
Pen - G.Anscombe 4
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -
Pen - C.Slade 6
Con -
Drop -
Cards - D.Bird (27th min yellow)

Match Officials
: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2: Kane McBride
TMO: Glenn Newman



1. Pauliasi Manu , 2. Rhys Marshall , 3. Ben Tameifuna , 4. Michael Fitzgerald , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam © , 7. Tanerau Latimer 100th Chiefs Match , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Gareth Anscombe , 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 12. Bundee Aki , 13. Andrew Horrell , 14. Tim Nanai-Williams , 15. Tom Marshall

Replacements : 16. Nathan Harris , 17. Jamie Mackintosh , 18. Josh Hohneck , 19. Matt Symons , 20. Sam Cane , 21. Augustine Pulu , 22. Anton Lienert-Brown , 23. Jordan Payne


1. Wyatt Crockett,2. Corey Flynn,3. Owen Franks,4. Dominic Bird,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. Jordan Taufua,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (C),9. Willi Heinz,10.Colin Slade,11.Nemani Nadolo,12.Ryan Crotty (VC),13.Tom Taylor,14.Johnny McNicholl,15.Israel Dagg

Replacements :16. Ben Funnell,17. Tim Perry,18. Nepo Laulala,19. Jimmy Tupou,20. Luke Whitelock,21. Andy Ellis,22. Tyler Bleyendaal,23. Adam Whitelock

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