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Crusaders beat Blues in Timaru

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Article Published: Friday 10 June 2011|

The Crusaders and the Blues have already met once this season and the Blues surged in the second half and managed to just beat the Crusaders 24-22 in Auckland.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
Stephen Brett kicks off and we are underway.
1.00:The Blues make a strong start and then Brett kicks for territory and the ball rolls out.
3.00: The Crusaders get caught using obstruction so the Blues get a penalty in their half. Brett kicks for touch.
4.00: Sonny Bill Williams does not release the ball in a tackle so the Blues get another penalty. McAlister takes the kick and nails it. The Blues lead.
8.00: Crusaders get a scrum on the half way line. Charlie Faumuina goes down in the scrum so the Crusaders get a penalty. Carter kicks for the corner.
11.00:Blues defence is strong as they press the Crusaders back. Guildford gets blown up for not releasing in the tackle.
12.00: The Blues kick for touch, Ali Williams wins the line out and the Blues roll the attack forward. They swing the ball to the wing and Rene Ranger breaks, he kicks and chases then regathers and scores TRY!!
13.00: Luke McAlister takes the conversion from the touchline but missies.
15.00: Lots of penalties from referee Joubert for not releasing in the tackle. This time its a penalty to the Crusaders. Dan Carter kicks for posts. He nails it and the Crusaders are on the board.
17.00: Andy Ellis steals a ball at the back of a Blues scrum and kicks ahead. The Crusaders chase and then drive over the line and Matt Todd scores TRY!!
 18.00: Carter adds the conversion. Crusaders lead.
19.00: Sonny Bill Williams is strruggling with a hip injury. He may come off.
20.00: The Crusaders are looking dangerous.Guildford breaks and almost gets away, he passes to Marshall but his foot goes into touch. Payne saved the try with a big tackle there. SBW getting some medial attention.  
22.00: Crusaders starting to open up the blues now. They stretch the Blues by moving the ball from side to side and then strike down the middle. Each time they gain about 10m. Then penalty to the Blues.
24.00: Ryan Crotty comes on to replace Sonny Bill Williams.
25.00: Tough game this one. Carter kicks ahead and chases - he sees he is racing Joe Rokocoko but the ball rolls out anyway. Rene Ranger comes off as he has just pulled his hamstring.
28.00: Crusaders set up a line out on the Blues 5m line. They Blues win the line out and kick deep. The Crusaders attack from deep and Guildford slips a pass to Whitelock and he is open for the try - the pass is forward so we go back.
29.00: The Crusaders win a penalty from the scrum which was from their forward pass. Carter takes the kick and nails it from in front.
32.00:The Blues hit back by pressuring the crusaders back into their half. They keep the momentum and it wins a penalty. Luke McAlister will kick for posts.
33.00: McAlister nails the penalty.
34.00: The Crusaders snipe from the restart as Guildford (he is on fire) snipes for the corner. He sucks in a defender and passes to Marshall who scores, But no wait. A Crusaders player obstructed a Blues player so no try. That's two missed tries.
35.00: Crusaders territory 61 % Blues 39%.
37.00: Crusaders attacking in the Blues 25. It's relentless and at a frantic pace. They send wave after wave at the Blues.
38.00: Eventually the Blues turn the ball over and they run the ball to just inside the Crusaders half. They concede a penalty. This has been sublime rugby. Carter kicks for touch.
40.00: After some frenetic play the siren sounds and it's half time. Everyone takes a big breath of air.It's half time.
The half time score was Crusaders 13 Blues 11
The second half is underway.
41.00: Dan Carter kicks off and the Blues set up a ruck. There is no one there at half back and Kieran Read takes the ball passes to Zac Guildford who races away and scores! TRY Easy easy one. Blues were asleep.
42.00:Dan Carter misses the conversion.
46.00: The Blues hold on to the ball and work it to the Crusaders line. Charlie Faumuina drives over the line but is held up. No try.
47.00: The Blues are in control at the moment. They win a penalty 5m out. They win the line out and drive for the line.
48.00: The Blues can't get over but Charlie Faumuina gets the ball again and this time he bashes over and scores !!
49.00: McAlister misses the conversion.
51.00: After the restart Charlie Faumuina concedes a penalty so Carter will kick for posts.
52.00: Carter's kick is away to the right. Miss.
53.00: Robbie Fruean runs around Stephen Brett and finds a huge hole. Fruean has Ward on his right and Ellis on his left. He passes to Ellis with an open try line in front and Ellis drops the ball.
59.00: The Blues manage to get into the Crusaders 25 and they go for the corner - McAlister loses the ball as he goes over. No try. That's a missed try from each now.
63.00: Blues getting stronger now. They are presssing the Crusaders back and playing the game in the Crusaders half.
66.00: Alby Mathewson has been subbed by Chris Smylie. The Crusaders almost immediately win a penalty from the scrum. Carter kicks downfield.
68.00: Wow. The Blues split the Crusaders and Payne makes lots of space. He passes to Lachie Munro but Guildford comes from nowhere and bashes him into touch saving a try.
71.00: The Crusaders are actually hanging on here. They get the ball and kick deep to get out of their 25.
74.00: Carter saves the day. The Crusaders who have been under the cosh for a bit now work the ball into the Blues 25, Carter kicks for the corner and Guildford chases and gathers the ball and scores in ther corner. That's two for Guildford but that was Carter's class - accuracy, timing , weight everything.
75.00: Carter then misses the conversion.
76.00: Andy Ellis comes off and Willi Heinz comes on.
78.00: The Blues get a little break but handling lets them down. Crusaders will wind the clock down now.
80.00: The siren sounds. That's it. Crusaders win.
The full time score is Crusaders 23 Blues 16


Tries - M Todd, Z Guildford 2
Pen - D Carter 2
Con - D Carter
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - R Ranger, C. Faumuina
Pen - L McAlister 2
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Vinny Munro, Kane McBride
Television match official: Keith Brown


Crusaders :1. Ben Franks , 2. Corey Flynn , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brad Thorn , 5. Sam Whitelock , 6. George Whitelock , 7. Matt Todd , 8. Kieran Read (c) , 9. Andy Ellis , 10. Dan Carter , 11. Zac Guildford , 12. Sonny Bill Williams , 13. Robbie Fruean , 14. Brent 4Ward , 15. Tom Marshall

16. Quentin MacDonald , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Luke Romano , 19. Jonathan Poff , 20. Willi Heinz , 21. Matt Berquist , 22. Ryan Crotty

Blues: Jared Payne, Joe Rokocoko, Benson Stanley, Luke McAlister, Rene Ranger, Stephen Brett, Alby Mathewson, Peter Saili, Luke Braid, Jerome Kaino, Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu (capt), John Afoa.

Reserves: Tom McCartney, Tevita Mailau, Chris Lowery, Sean Polwart, Chris Smylie, Lachie Munro, Sherwin Stowers.

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