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Cheetahs
Cheetahs
31
Tries
Willie Le Roux (58), Teboho Mohoje (53), Sarel Pretorius (50), Cornall Hendricks (16)
Penalties
Elgar Watts (32)
Drops
none
Cons
Elgar Watts (59,53,51,17)

52
Crusaders
Crusaders

Tries
Nemani Nadolo (80,67,40), Colin Slade (77), Tom Taylor (63), Israel Dagg (28)
Penalties
Colin Slade (37,35,22,10)
Drops
none
Cons
Tyler Bleyendaal (81), Colin Slade (78,64,41,29)


80'
Full Time
Full-time: Cheetahs 31-52 Crusaders

80'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL. 31-52. Two more.

80'
Try
TRY, CRUSADERS, NADOLO. 31-50. A mistake from the Cheetahs leads to Nadolo running in from distance for his hat-trick. 50 points for the Crusaders!

79'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 31-45. Easy points.

78'
Try
TRY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 31-43. It's all over now as the Crusaders turn over possession and it's Slade with a free run down the right wing for the try!

77'
Definitely not as Ellis fumbles the ball in contact so the Cheetahs have it back on halfway. Can they create something via the likes of Pretorius or Le Roux? Not much ground made as yet from the hosts.

75'
Referee Jackson penalises Wyatt Crockett at scrum time so a big chance for the Cheetahs now as they look to implement their running game. But it's a frustrating passage for the hosts as crossing is called by the New Zealand official. Is that that?

72'
Risky from Le Roux as he forces a speculator out to Hendricks and he spills the ball. Crusaders scrum now then about 40 metres from the home side's line.

69'
He's missed the tough attempt so just a seven-point lead for the visitors. Still hope for the Cheetahs.

68'
Try
TRY, CRUSADERS, NADOLO. 31-38. Brilliant from Slade as he taps quickly inside his own half, catching the Cheetahs out before firing a ball wide to his wing who finishes well. This upcoming kick is massive.

67'
How costly could this penalty miss be from Watts as he pushes one to the right of the uprights. Still plenty of time left in this game for more scores.

65'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 31-33. Back in front.

64'
Try
TRY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR. 31-31. We are level here as Bird powers through a gap to within fifteen metres before the recycled ball finds Taylor with the try.

63'
So how will the Crusaders respond to this? They have a scrum 30 metres from the home line but their pack is heading backwards. Here's Tom Taylor soon after.

60'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, WATTS. 31-26. He's on form.

59'
Try
TRY, CHEETAHS, LE ROUX. 29-26. The comeback is now complete. A cross kick from Watts led to Le Roux strolling over on the left wing. What a game here.

58'
Scrum penalty going the way of the Cheetahs so fly-half Watts puts the ball into the Crusaders 22 with a superb kick. Massive chance for the home side now.

55'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, WATTS. 24-26. Two point game.

54'
Try
TRY, CHEETAHS, MOHOJO. 22-26. The Cheetahs are on a roll now. Replacement Teboho Mohoje powers over for a score under the uprights with the extras to come.

52'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, WATTS. 17-26. Excellent kick.

50'
Try
TRY, CHEETAHS, PRETORIUS. 15-26. What a try from the home side as Sadie's chip over the top leads to the busy Pretorius getting an offload off Uys before he raced over in the left-hand corner. Fantastic try.

48'
Pretorius now shows his worth in midfield as he goes in between two props 35 metres out before spilling possession soon after. Crusaders scrum on their 22.

46'
The Cheetahs know they must hit back pretty soon if they are to get the Crusaders on the ropes. Decent tempo to their game but little change given so far.

44'
A decent response from the Cheetahs as they use the hands, going across from right to left before the ball goes into touch off Nadolo. Line-out 30 out.

42'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 10-26. No mistake.

41'
Try
TRY, CRUSADERS, NADOLO. 10-24. Welcome back to the action where the Cheetahs have knocked on from the kick-off, handing the Crusaders a try for the big wing. What a costly error that could prove to be.

40'
Half Time
Half-time: Cheetahs 10-19 Crusaders

38'
Penalty
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 10-19. And now another three points following a good break from Dagg and Crotty sees Slade step up and slot the simple kick.

36'
Penalty
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 10-16. The lead is back up to six points after Lappies Labuschagne is the man penalised for not rolling away. Easy points.

33'
Penalty
PENALTY, CHEETAHS, WATTS. 10-13. The home side cut the lead down to three points after four Crusaders forwards are clearly in front of Slade's clearance.

30'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 7-13. Great strike.

29'
Try
TRY, CRUSADERS, DAGG. 7-11. Talk about a double blow for the Cheetahs as Todd grubbers through into the open space where Dagg races onto it before scoring.

27'
So close for the Cheetahs as they are denied a try from Pretorius, with the TMO replays showing that Strauss had a hand in the tackle that knocked the ball forward. The Crusaders survive that one then.

25'
The Crusaders are racking up the phases on halfway as Read pops up on a number of occasions in the outside channels. Nothing comes of it all though.

23'
Penalty
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 7-6. Another scrum blown against the Cheetahs so up steps Slade from about 40 metres out. It's in off the post to cut the arrears.

21'
Lovely skills from Le Roux now as he shifts the ball away from contact on a couple of occasions, with the Crusaders struggling to deal with his quick hands. He's just gone down though but fortunately for the hosts he gets back up soon after and should be OK.

18'
Conversion
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, WATTS. 7-3. Touchline effort!

17'
Try
TRY, CHEETAHS, HENDRICKS. 5-3. Too easy. Sadie hits a nice line in midfield before finding Daniller who had Cornal Hendricks on his right for the finish!

16'
Goosen's now leaving the field permanently as Elgar Watts comes on to replace him. A big blow for the hosts who kick up to halfway with the throw coming.

14'
Little joy for the Cheetahs at the moment and that sees Pretorius put boot to ball, finding a decent touch in the Crusaders 22. They reply to halfway.

12'
Penalty
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 0-3. The scrum creates points for the visitors and this time Slade makes the most of his opportunity. Much better strike.

10'
So still scoreless here but there's a boost for the Cheetahs coming as Goosen seems to have passed the concussion test and returns. Crusaders scrum 40 out.

8'
Matt Todd now shows his worth on the ground as he wins a penalty within kicking distance. Up steps Slade...but he's wide of the uprights. Bad miss.

6'
Good work from Prinsloo now as he pounces at ruck time to win the penalty that goes to the Crusaders 22. Big chance now coming up for the home outfit.

4'
Nothing comes of that though as Slade's pass goes into touch on the Cheetahs 22. Positive start here from both sides but the Cheetahs won't like seeing Goosen stagger off the field. Maybe a concussion.

3'
The Crusaders survive that early scare before some kicking leads to Flynn throwing in on halfway. Now Ryan Crotty crashes it up before Nemani Nadolo is motoring down the left sideline. Promising attack.

1'
Kick Off
Here we go then with New Zealand's Glen Jackson in the middle today. Johan Goosen kicks us off up to Sam Whitelock before Pretorius charges down Colin Slade and almost scores. Wow, frantic start here.

0'
Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a starting XV featuring four changes as Kieran Read, Corey Flynn, Nepo Laulala and Willi Heinz come in.

0'
Cheetahs boss Naka Drotske has named an unchanged matchday 23 for this clash and will be hoping for Sarel Pretorius to lead an early charge once again. Also look out for Willie le Roux and Boom Prinsloo.

0'
Welcome
Hello from Bloemfontein for the penultimate game of the Super Rugby round. It's the Cheetahs versus the Crusaders coming up in what promises to be another open game at Free State Stadium. Team news is next.


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