The Crusaders have played the Reds nineteen times in Super Rugby since March 1996 and the Crusaders have won almost 70% of the matches.
We are waiting for the kick off. The Reds are taking a slow walk on to the field. Jake Schatz leads them as it's his 50th Super Rugby cap. The Crusaders come on and join them on the field.
0.01: Jaco Peyper blows his whistle and Dan Carter kicks off.
1.00: The Crusaders enjoy some good continuity and test the Reds defence.
2.00: Peyper blows for the first penalty. Dan Carter will kick for posts. Reds were offside.
3.00: Dan Carter takes the kick from 40 metres out and nail it. The Crusaders lead.
4.00: Dom Shipperley connects with Israel Dagg and goes straight down after the kick off. He looks to have been Ko'd so we have a pause in the game. He carries on and so does the match.
5.00: The Crusaders win a line out in their 22 and try to run the ball out. The Reds turn the ball over near the half way line and start their attack. It's the first real opportunity for the Reds so far.
6.00: As the Reds attack Corey Flynn steals the ball and Dagg kicks downfield. Every time Quade Cooper gets the ball the home crowd give him a loud collective "Boo".
7.00: The Crusaders (K.Read) win their line out and attack. They chip ahead and Cooper gets the ball and saves a try by recycling the ball back to Ben Tapuai who kicks for touch.
8.00: The Crusaders win another line out and attack. Carter gets them through and the Reds are in big trouble. Dagg almost gets over the tryline but is short. The Crusaders recycle and Romano goes for the line. Read goes for the line and is brought to ground. We go to the TMO to see if the try was scored. Great defence by the Reds. The TV footage is inconclusive so Crusaders 5m scrum.
10.00: After a couple of scrum resets the Crusaders get the ball out from the scrum and Crotty slices through the Reds and scores under the posts. TRY!
11.00: Dan Carter adds the conversion.
13.00: The Crusaders concede a penalty (Crotty) so Quade Cooper will kick for posts.
14.00: There is a deafening racket from the home crowd but Cooper slots the penalty. The Reds are on the board.
17.00: The game is changing a little and the Reds are getting more into the game. They win another penalty. Ben Lucas will take a shot at the posts as it's a way out.
18.00: He gets the same noise treatment and misses. Just glanced the outside of the posts.
19.00: The Reds are keeping the Crusaders back in their half but the home side are enjoying more ball.
20.00: Penalty for early engage for the Reds. Schatz takes it quickly but he only makes about 10m. The Reds recycle and then Slipper loses the ball forward, the Crusaders attack and win a penalty after a run by Crotty.
22.00: Dan Carter kicks will kick for posts. It's 51 metres out but his kick is just short. Direction was fine.
23.00:Missed tackles so far : Reds 5 Crusaders 0.
24.00: The Crusaders win a penalty from the scrum. Carter will kick for posts again.
25.00: Carter takes the kick as it is in front. He nails it and the Crusaders lead by 10 again.
26.00: Another penalty as Andy Ellis is caught offside. Cooper will kick for posts but it won't be easy as it's on the angle.
27.00: Carter takes the kick and it's high and sails through the posts. Massive kick.
28.00: The Reds look to clear the ball with a kick out of their 22 but it is charged down. The Reds get a 22 drop out.
29.00: The Crusaders are on attack and then Whitelock slips through the middle and shows a bit of toe but is brought down. The Crusaders recycle and spin the ball out wide and Dan Carter goes in for the second TRY!
30.00: Carter takes the conversion and misses. Saders lead by 12.
33.00: The Reds are still fighting for this. However they get pushed out wide and into touch.
36.00: The Reds have the ball and are attacking in the Crusaders 22. They go through 11 phases and get to the 22m line but concede a penalty.
37.00: Carters kicks for touch. The Crusaders then win the line out and with a chip ahead they get to the Reds 22m line.
38.00: The Reds kick the ball back but the Crusaders work the ball straight back to the Reds 22m line and they win a penalty after some brutal work but the Crusaders forwards. Carter will kick for posts. Will Genia has taken a knock after connecting with Crotty.
39.00: Carter slots the penalty.
40.00: The half time siren sounds but we have time for a scrum. The Crusaders win the scrum and run at the Reds. They get the ball over the half way line and then with a break by Tom Marshall they are in the Reds 22.
41.00: The Crusaders drive over the line but get held up. The TMO will check. "Try or no Try". It's George Whitelock who will be looked at. No try. It's half time. Two tries scored and two disallowed for the Crusaders.
The half time score was Crusaders 21 Reds 6
40.01: Quade Cooper kicks off and we are underway with the second half.
41.00: The Crusaders are caught advancing in front of the kicker so the Reds have the first penalty of the half.
42.00: Quade Cooper takes the kick and misses.
44.00: The Reds are playing much better this half. They get the ball into the Crusaders 22.
45.00: The Reds get the ball to the 5m line and win a penalty. Quade Cooper will kick for posts.
46.00: Cooper slots the kick in front of the posts.
48.00: The Crusaders coming back into the game. They win a scrum and run the ball in the Reds half. Dagg chips ahead but it goes too far.
49.00: The Reds get 22 drop out which allows the Crusaders to attack in the Reds half.
50.00: The Crusaders are going through the phases and Crockett breaks through the Reds in the middle, he passes to Matt Todd, he passes and Tom Marshall scores. TRY!
52.00: Dan Carter slots the conversion as Radike Samo comes on for the Reds.
54.00: The Reds take a quick throw in and they are called back for it as it was not straight. The Reds can't do a lot right in this. It's just not working for them.
56.00: The Crusaders attack is becoming relentless. They are going through the phases but this time Kieran Read can't take the pass and the ball is lost forward. Andy Ellis comes off. No sign of McCaw yet.
58.00: Radike Samo has a break and makes some ground, he passes to Will Genia but the Crusaders turn the ball over. McCaw has been seen warming up folks.
60.00: James Horwill comes off and Ed O'Donoghue comes on. The Reds win a line out 10m out. Samo drives straight through and the Reds are over the line. We go to the TMO. There is no clear grounding so no Try.
61.00: Saia Faingaa comes off and Wellington born Albert Anae comes on. The Reds continue to drive for the Crusaders line. They get to the 5m line and can't get through so they send the ball out wide.
63.00: The Reds keep the attack on but the Crusaders turn the ball over and they kick up field and Dom Shipperley knocks on.
65.00: Huge pressure from the Crusaders pushing the Reds well back into their half. Richie McCaw is on the field. The crowd goes WILD!
66.00: The Crusaders win a line out and move the ball to the backs, Dan Carter gets through and passes to Ryan Crotty who slices further through and scores. TRY!
67.00; Dan Carter slots the conversion. Tyler Bleyendaal comes on for Carter.
70.00: Israel Dagg has come off for the Crusaders. The Crusaders continue to attack and dominate. The Reds are caught offside (Ed O'Donoghue) so the Crusaders will take the kick for posts.
71.00: Tom Taylor takes the shot and nails it.
74.00: The Crusaders break through the Reds defence again and this time Willi Heinz goes over. However as he goes to dot the ball down he loses it in the tackle.
77.00: The Crusaders drive the Reds back into their 22 with a kick and chase. The Crusaders infringe and concede a penalty for going over the ball. The Reds kick for touch.
80.00: The siren sounds and the Reds play on.
81.00: The Crusaders turn the ball over and kick it out. The Crusaders are in the Semi-finals. Ewen McKenzie's time with the Reds is over.
The full time score is Crusaders 38 (21) Reds 9 (6)
Tries - R.Crotty 2, D. Carter, T.Marshall.
Pen - D.Carter 3, T.Taylor
Con - D.Carter 3
Pen - Q.Cooper 3
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand),
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO : Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Owen Franks 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
Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell 17. Joe Moody 18. Luke Whitelock 19. Richie McCaw 20. Willi Heinz 21. Tyler Bleyendaal 22. Adam Whitelock
1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper,4. Rob Simmons,5. James Horwill (c),6. Eddie Quirk,7. Liam Gill,8. Jake Schatz,9. Will Genia (vc),10. Quade Cooper,11. Chris Feauai-Sautia,12. Jono Lance,13. Ben Tapuai,14. Dom Shipperley,15. Ben Lucas
Replacements : 16. Albert Anae,17. Jono Owen,18. Ed O'Donoghue,19. Radike Samo,20. Beau Robinson,21. Nick Frisby,22. Luke Morahan