The Crusaders have played the Rebels 7 times in Super rugby since 2012 and the Crusaders have won 5 matches, lost twice and drawn none.
The Crusaders 5 wins out of 7 matches gives them a record of winning 71% of their matches against the Rebels regardless of venue.
- The Crusaders have won five of their last six Super Rugby matches against the Rebels (L1), including their last three on the bounce across which they’ve scored an average of 60 points per game.
- The Rebels have led at half-time in three of their last four games against New Zealand opposition, going on to secure two wins in that span (L2).
- The Crusaders have won 16 of their last 17 Super Rugby games against Australian opposition, with two of those last three wins coming after having trailed at half-time.
- The Rebels have stolen a total of 20 lineouts against the throw this Super Rugby campaign, the most of any team in the competition and seven more than the Crusaders.
- Crusaders’ duo Sevu Reece (27) and George Bridge (22) have made the most and joint third-most clean breaks respectively of all players this Super Rugby campaign.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
Matt Toomua kicks off and the match is underway.
1.00: Reece Hodge chips the ball ahead down the wing and chases. Reece Hodge has to get back and chase the ball but he secures it and prevents a try.
3.00: The Rebels win a scrum and pass the ball down the line flatly – Braydon Ennor reaches for the ball and gets a hand to it to intercept but he loses control of the ball and knocks on.
5.00: Scrum penalty to the Rebels inside the Crusaders half. Reece Hodge will have a shot at the posts.
6.00: Hodge takes the kick but misses to the right.
7.00; The Crusaders get some attacking ball inside their half. As they run it down the wing the ball is chipped ahead but the Rebels race to the ball and secure it preventing a try. 5m scrum to trhe Crusaders though.
8.00: The Crusaders win the scrum and kick across the field to Sevu Reece who is WIDE open and he runs in the TRY!
9.00: Richie Mo’unga adds the conversion.
11.00; The Crusaders get the ball in the middle of the field. Kieran Read gets the ball with an open tryline ahead … he changes hands to go and score but drops the ball!
15.00: The Crusaders have the ball in their 22. From a ruck Jack Goodhue offloads to David Havili who dodges one tackle and cuts back in and runs for the line where he scores under the posts. TRY!
16.00: Mo’unga converts the try.
22.00: Mo’unga chips the ball ahead and into touch from a penalty and finds the 5m line. The Rebels win the line out though and they clear the ball to the half way line.
26.00: The Rebels keep getting pushed back into their 22. The Rebels win a scrum and the ball is chipped into the stands by Matt Toomua. The game is paused however as Jack Goodhue has taken a knock. He carries on.
30.00: The Crusaders chip the ball ahead and pass down the line, they cut back in when they run out of space and move the ball through the hands and Braydon Ennor scores in the corner. TRY!
31.00; Mo’unga takes the conversion kick from the touchline but misses.
33.00: The Rebels have lost Adam Coleman who has had to come off. The Rebels up the pressure and work the ball to the Crusaders 22m line. They get to the line and go through the phases but can’t get any further. The Rebels get the advantage and play on. When the ball goes into touch they are called back for an earlier knock on.
35.00: The Rebels win the scrum and pass the ball down the line but lose it and it goes to ground. The Rebels re-group chip the ball ahead.
36.00: The Rebels win a short kicking contest as the Crusaders put it into touch which gives the Rebels a line out. The throw is not straight so there will be a scrum.
40.00: The siren sounds for half time. The Rebels have the ball inside their half. They kick deep but fail to find touch. The Crusaders kick to the wing … Ennor is there and beats one Rebel defender and cuts back in beating two more and then cuts back in and runs for the line and scores under the posts. TRY!
41.00: Mo’unga converts the try. It’s half time.
The half time score was Crusaders 26 Rebels 0
The Crusaders kick off and the second half is underway.
42.00: The Rebels win a line out in the Crusaders 22. They get an advantage for offside and play on.
43.00: Penalty to the Rebels on the 5m line.
45.00: The Rebels win the line out but Crusaders get up quickly and disrupt the Rebels who knock on giving the hosts a scrum on their 5m line.
47.00: The Rebels turn the ball over and run the ball back into the Crusaders 22, they get slowed and concede a penalty for playing the ball on the ground. The Crusaders kick the ball to the half way line.
48.00: The Crusaders win the line out and move the ball swiftly to the wing where they get an overlap and pass back in to Bryn Hall who runs in the TRY!
49.00: Mo’unga adds the conversion.
51.00: The Crusaders get the ball wide to Sev Reece – he chips the ball ahead and chases. The Rebels get in front of the ball but the bounce is terrible for Reece Hodge and bounces well for Reece who catches it and scores. TRY!
53.00: Mo’unga adds the conversion.
55.00: The Crusaders are not stopping the rout. They drive the ball up to the line from a line out. Matt Todd goes over but they are held up.
56.00: From the scrum, the Crusaders pop the ball to Ennor who runs in score without being touched. TRY!
58.00: Mo’unga takes the conversion and curls it in.
60.00: The Crusaders win a line out. The ball is chipped over the top and Havili grabs the ball and runs in yet another TRY!
61.00: Mo’unga adds the conversion.
65.00: The Rebels get a penalty and kick to the corner.
66.00: The Rebels win the line out but when they get over the 5m line they lose the ball forward.
71.00: The Rebels lose the ball inside the Crusaders 22. The Crusaders run the ball but get slowed through a couple of phases.
74.00: The Rebels turn the ball over when the Crusaders get to their 22. They kick the ball downfield and the Crusaders counter attack – The Crusaders get through the Rebels backs and Ryan Crotty reaches around and passes out to Reece having done all the work and Reece scores the TRY!
75.00: Brett Cameron misses the conversion.
77.00: The Crusaders (Havili) get a boot to a loose ball and chase the ball downfield. Ennor gets to the ball but loses it as he goes over the line trying to pick it up.
79.00: The Rebels concede a penalty in the scrum so the Crusaders have a scrum 5m out. It collapses.
80.00: The Crusaders win the scrum and pass the ball out to Ryan Crotty who catches the ball is tackled but rolls over to score the TRY on his 15th Super rugby cap.
81.00: Crotty slots the conversion. That’s it. Full time.
The full-time score is Crusaders 66(26) Rebels 0(0)
Tries – S.Reece 3, D.Havili 2, B.Ennor 3, B.Hall, R.Crotty
Con – R.Mo’unga 7, R.Crotty
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: James Munro
TMO: Ben Skeen
15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Braydon Ennor, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 George Bower, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Ere Enari, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Ngane Punivai
15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Tom English, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Tetera Faulkner
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Ross Haylett-Petty, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Marika Koroibete