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The location of the Super 14 final will be decided in this match. If the Crusaders win this match they will have a home Semi-final. If they lose The Hurricanes will host the Semi-final.


The Crusaders have led the table all year and the Bulls snuck in last week thanks to their hammering of the Stormers.


It would take a brave man to put his money down on a Bulls win today. The Crusaders won 5 out of 10 Super 12 tournaments and other than a brief period towards the end of this season they have looked like they are going to continue with their dominance.


The Bulls have had moments where they have looked like the best team in the tournament BUT it has only lasted for one half of the game. The Bulls will need to put in two top halves to come away with what would be termed the biggest upset in Super rugby history.



















Saturday 20 May


7:35pm local, Jade Stadium, Christchurch


Crusaders v Bulls


Referee: Stuart Dickinson


Touch Judge 1 & Res Referee: Matt Goddard

Touch Judge 2: Brett Bowden
TV Match Official: Paul Marks

Almost Live match summary


Referee: Stuart Dickinson (not good for Bulls fans)


Conditions – Good but a little cold.


The teams are coming on to the field.

Time: 0.00
Morne Steyn kicks off.
2.00
It’s a high paced game already as the Bulls try to play the game in the Crusaders 25.
4.00
Bulls get good position in the Crusaders 25 but the Crusaders forward steal the ball and clear.
6.00
McCaw gives away a penalty and its in front of the posts. Steyn takes it and misses!
8.00
Both teams are kicking deep to gain territory. Bulls set peices are working well.
11.00
Andrew Ellis gives away a penalty. The Bulls go for the lineout. Good line-out but the ball goes to ground in the pass.
14.39
Bulls give away a penalty now and it’s in front of the posts. Carter will take it.
He gets it.
Crusaders 3 Bulls 0
17.00
Crusaders are starting to send the ball wide and its starting to work for them.
18.00
Bulls lose a line-out on their throw
20.00
Bulls again kick for touch and dont find it.
21.00
MacDonald chips up and over the line. Gear gets through to score the 1st try.
Carter misses the conversion.
Crusaders 8 Bulls 0
25.00
Bulls are trying to play to their strengths keeping the ball in the forwards. The ball goes to ground and again the Crusaders turn it over.

28.00
Bulls forwards again win ball but Morne Steyn doesnt find touch
29.00
Steyn makes a great break dodging several tackles. He goes to ground but the Crusaders give away a penalty.
Steyn takes the shot at goal. Its over.
Crusaders 8 Bulls 3
30.00
Laulala passes to Gear who goes over for his 2nd try. We go upstairs. Ref says its a try.
Carter goes for the posts and misses.
Crusaders 13 Bulls 3
34.00
Short break in the game for an injury – JP Nel.
35.00
Carter goes for the drop. Its over.
Crusaders 16 Bulls 3
38.00
Bakkies Botha comes off for injury. The Bulls however get a line-out 5m out from the Crusaders line.
They drive for the line but pop the ball out to Habana at pace who flies over the line for the Bulls try. Steyn misses the conversion.
Crusaders 16 Bulls 8
40.00
The hooter goes.

Its half time.


Crusaders 16 Bulls 8


40.01
2nd half is uderway.
42.00
The Crusaders put together 17 phases and its Chris Jack who goes over for the try. Carter converts.
Crusaders 23 Bulls 8
47.00
Habana is limping.
50.00
The Bulls are not giving up here. Territory is fairly even now.
53.00
The last 5 minutes has been all the Bulls. Crusaders defence is very good. Mc Caw is being attended to and Wessel Roux is covered with blood. He must go off.
54.00
After a bit of confusion due to a lot of blood bins, Carter has moved to 9 and McIntyre is at 10.
58.00
The Bulls have completely changed their game plan. In the 1st half they were kicking for the line and now they are keeping the ball in hand.
60.00
20 minutes to go. The Bulls keep using Rossouw at the lineout. Its working but for how long.
63.00
The Bulls are caught napping as Mauger takes a quick line-out. He throws the ball to Corey Flynn who dives over for a try that must surely seal the match.
Carter misses the conversion.
Crusaders 28 Bulls 8
67.00
The Bulls are still battling away as Richie McCaw comes off.
69.00
Aaron Mauger makes a break from the half way line and and as he gets to the tryline Ndungane tackles him but its too late, momentum carries him over for the try.
Carter converts.
70.00
Crusaders 35 Bulls 8
71.00
The Bulls get quick ball and from it comes a consolation try as Pierre Spies dives over the line.
Morne Steyn coverts.
Crusaders 35 Bulls 15
76.00
The Bulls don’t give up but as they swing the ball wide, the ball goes to the Crusaders line. Steyn gets back to defend and kill the movement.
78.00
The end can’t come quick enough for both teams as they both look exhausted.
80.00
The hooter goes and the Crusaders chip through to chase for the try but a Bulls player gets back and dots the ball down. Dickinson blows and it’s all over.

Crusaders win and will host the Final next week.


Final score – Crusaders 35 Bulls 15


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Scorers


Crusaders


Tries
Gear 2
Jack
Flynn
Mauger



Conversions
Carter 2

Penalties
Carter

Drop goals
Carter



Bulls


Tries
Habana
Spies

Conversions
Steyn

Penalties
Steyn

Drop goals


Teams


Crusaders


1 Wyatt Crockett, 2 Corey Flynn ,3 Greg Somerville ,4 Chris Jack ,5 Reuben Thorne ,6 Johnny Leo’o ,7 Richard McCaw (Capt) ,8 Mose Tuiali’i ,9 Andrew Ellis ,10 Daniel Carter ,11 Scott Hamilton ,12 Aaron Mauger ,13 Casey Laulala,14 Rico Gear ,15 Leon MacDonald


Reserves -,16 Tone Kopelani,17 Campbell Johnstone ,18 Ross Filipo ,19 Tanerau Latimer ,20 Kevin Senio ,21 Cameron McIntyre ,22 Caleb Ralph.


Bulls


15 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14 Bryan Habana,13 JP Nel,12 Wynand Olivier,11 Frikkie Welsh ,10 Morn’ Steyn,9 Fourie du Preez,8 Pedrie Wannenburg,7 Tim Dlulane,6 Jacques Cronje ,7 Victor Matfield ,4 Bakkies Botha,3 Danie Thiart,2 Gary Botha,1 Wessel Roux


Reserves -16 Adriaan Strauss,17 Jaco Engels,18 Danie Rossouw ,19 Pierre Spies ,20 Francois van Schouwenburg ,21 Heini Adams,22 Akona Ndungane.

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