Tom Marshall (39)
Gareth Anscombe (38,31,28,13)


Colin Slade (71,68,49,15,9,4)

Full Time
An absolutely energy sapping match with a thrilling finish! At half time it looked like the Crusaders were down and out for all money! They fought back bravely and grounded out this win tonight! Hugely inspirational stuff and I'm sure Captain courageous, Kieran Read will be proud of his boys tonight! You have to feel for the home side who did deserve to possibly walk away with a win tonight!

The kick is just short and wide! What an epic turn around from the crusaders! Huge victory for them!

Huge drama! Chiefs have won a penalty after running it out from their own 22m! The penalty is on the half way line. He's going for goal! It's really wet mind you, it's gonna require a huge kick to have the yardage! Thrilling finish!

Pressure times here for the Crusaders! Chiefs test the Crusaders with multiple kicks into space, but they manage to do well to clear! Crusaders win a penalty as Anton Lienert-Brown high tackles Ellis as he passes to Dagg to clear. Saders just need to hold onto it for a minute now!

A kicking battle ensues between the two sides which is eventually won by the Chiefs after Nanai-Williams finds touch just outside the Crusaders 22m.

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 18-17. Unbelievable stuff here! Crusaders are back in the lead!

The Crusaders win another penalty! Slade will have a chance to put his side in the lead!

The Crusaders playing a lot more confidently now! They win an aerial ball and then put a great kick into the corner off the Chiefs 22m! Marshall is back to collect but is bundled into touch! Great play from the visitors!

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 15-17. Slade makes no mistake this time and we now have a game on our hands!

Slade hits the post again! This time the Crusaders collect it and attack inside the Chiefs 22m! They win another penalty straight out in front and this time Slade should surely pop it over.

The Chiefs clear from their own try line but don't find touch. Crusaders win a penalty at the breakdown! Slade will have a shot to make it a 2 point game!

Crusaders come agonizingly close! Nandolo makes a huge run up the left and puts a kick through which Slade fumbles as he tries to collect. A clean gather would have been a try! Nandolo may have actually knocked the ball on instead of it being a kick.

Rhys Marshall again throws skew and takes the pressure off the visitors! The Crusaders doing well just to stay in the game at the moment.

The Crusaders set up an effective driving maul and begin to attack up the midfield! The Chiefs defend well and win a penalty! Anscombe finds a big touch kick!

Crusaders finally find some space and have an opportunity as the ball goes through the hands! An inside ball to Matt Todd goes loose and the Chiefs get the ball to end the Saders' move! The Chiefs clearance kick is charged down into touch.

The Chiefs looking dangerous again as Marshall makes a great run down the right side as he beats Nandolo! Retallick has a Jean Deysel moment as he plays a passage without a shirt on... The Crusaders defense is inspirational as they win a penalty!

Slade misses his first kick of the night and now the Chiefs are on attack! They eventually put ball to boot and find touch inside the Crusaders 22m! Huge miss from Slade!

An exciting passage of play as Nandolo makes a good run down the left, he manged to keep the ball alive but they eventually lost the ball to the Chiefs. A quick line out throw by the Chiefs is pounced on by the Saders' and they win a penalty!

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 12-17. Slade curves it in beautifully from the right to reduce the deficit!

The Crusaders win a penalty at the scrum and Slade will attempt to bag the first points of the half!

Crusaders looking a bit more lively now as they attack in the Chiefs half. Some poor hands ends up with a Chiefs line out. Another skew throw in from Rhys Marshall and the Crusaders have the ball again.

The Crusaders win a free kick! That relieves a bit of pressure for the visitors who desperately need to score first this half!

Tremendous defense from the Crusaders! The Chiefs carried the ball strongly right up to the try line! They attacked through about 10 phases right on the try line but found no way through, eventually knocking the ball on. Big effort from the visitors!

Colin Slade gets us underway for the second half! And the Chiefs are immediately on attack!

Half Time
The Crusaders started off looking very strong as they looked to continue their form from South Africa. The Dominic Bird incident was definitely the turning point in the match as the momentum shifted the Chiefs way with the extra man as well as the Crusaders losing the in-form Kieran Read. Crusaders now back to 15 men will have a huge task ahead of them if they are to win this wet weather contest tonight.

Anscombes kick falls up just short! Wet weather obviously having an impact on the distance. And that's the end of the first half!

TRY! CHIEFS, MARSHALL, 17-9. The Chiefs attack after some sloppy play by the Crusaders and Marshall finishes it off with a sniping run down the right wing!

PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 12-9. Anscombe gets his side in front for the first time tonight!

Chiefs win a penalty as the Crusaders interfere with the man in the air at the line out. Anscombe will have a shot to take his side in the lead. Just confirmed that Read is out for the rest of the match!

Will Heinz gets the ball of the back of the scrum and puts in the tactical grubber through deep into the Chiefs territory. Safe play with the man down!

Tom Marshall does his old team a favour as he loses the ball whilst spotting a gap up the midfield! First time the wet weather has actually impacted the handling of either side!

PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 9-9. The scores are now level! Can the Crusaders recover with a man down and their captain off the field?

The yellow card has completely changed the momentum of the game! Chiefs all over the Sader's and they win a penalty within Anscombe's range. Read is in a bit of trouble and has gone off for a concussion test.

PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 6-9. Anscombe makes no mistake!

Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS, BIRD. Birds been found guilty of not using arms in the tackle and will spend the next 10 min in the bin!

The Chiefs use the short side and get the ball to Nanai-Williams but he can't find space! They work the ball to the otherside but the Crusaders' defense is resilient! Squire takes a massive hit as he runs into both Bird and Whitelock at the same time! Bird might be in trouble here.

Bundee Aki leads the attack with a big run up the midfield! The Saders' are on it and turnover but knock on as they try to clear it and the Chiefs have an attacking scrum on the 22m.

The Crusaders' attack is met with ferocious defense by the Chiefs who put the visitors under pressure and win a penalty. Anscombe finds good distance with his clearance kick!

Some exciting kicking play as Dagg puts a kick-pass across field to Nandolo who puts a grubber through. Then Nanai-Williams collects and puts a chip and chase up but knocks on in the air as Slade makes a challenge for it as well.

The Crusader's set piece is looking good as they set up a driving maul into the Chiefs 22m. They use their ball carriers effectively and patiently after the maul. They lose the ball eventually and Nanai-Williams puts in a big kick which rolls out in the Crusaders 22m! big turnaround!

Rain starting to get heavy now as the teams start to kick for possession. Crowd's getting absolutely soaked!

Nanai-Williams retains the ball after the kick off with a great take! The Chiefs attack strongly but eventually lose possession when Squire has a run!

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 3-9. Slade makes it 3 from 3.

Kieran Read finds some space on the wing and unleashes Nandolo on the wing who makes a lot of ground! The Crusaders have an opportunity but they throw a few sloppy passes and can't make use of an overlap. Chiefs have been pinged for offside and Slade will have another shot at goal.

PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE, 3-6. Great strike from Anscombe to get the home side on the board!

Chiefs win a penalty within kicking range as Slade is penalized for losing his feet while trying to steal the ball at the breakdown. Anscombe is about 40m out, not too much of an angle.

Chiefs win a penalty and then the tempers start flaring! Bit of a scuffle ensues between the two teams. Ref has a chat to some of the players to keep it together. Anscombe kicks for touch into the Crusaders half.

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 0-6. Another great strike from Slade to extend the lead!

Chiefs lose the ball again off a set piece. A high ball is not dealt with well by Tom Marshall and the Crusaders get a scrum. Tameifuna is penalized at the scrum and Slade will have another shot, straight out in front this time.

Nanai-Williams takes a great a high ball under pressure and makes some ground up the midfield. Anscombe puts ball to boot and kicks it out on the full! Fortunately the ball just touched a Saders player and Chiefs have the throw in.

The Chiefs first throw in to a line out is skew. Set pieces will be crucial tonight!

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 0-3. Slade knocks it over from the corner to give the visitors the lead!

A long passage of play comes to an end! The ball changed possession about 5 times as we eventually stop due to the Chiefs being penalized for playing the ball on the ground. Slade will have a shot!

The Crusaders first attack is a bit sloppy as they eventually resort to the boot. The Chiefs now attack with a bit more intent but also lose possession!

Kick Off
Anscombe gets us underway! And it's a shocker start, as he kicks out on the full! Scrum to the Crusaders on the half way.

Chiefs news: All Black lock Brodie Retallick has been cleared to play. Retallick was initially in doubt this week with suspected concussion but has passed all of the required tests. Liam Messam returns on the flank and will be joined in the back row by Tanerau Latimer and Liam Squire, who wears the number eight jersey. Pauliasi Manu starts at prop, Tawera Kerr-Barlow is at scrum-half and winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma will take the field after two weeks out with a knee injury. Four changes have been made to the bench with Jamie Mackintosh, Sam Cane, Matt Symons and Augustine Pulu all added to the reserves.

Crusaders news: In the forwards, Owen Franks and Nepo Laulala have switched places again so that Franks starts at tighhead prop this week and Laulala takes a place on the bench. Jordan Taufua will make his first start this season, having been promoted from the reserves to the blindside flank as George Whitelock is dropped. Luke Whitelock will provide cover from the bench. Tom Taylor also moves into the starting XV playing at outside centre after Kieron Fonotia was ruled out by a hamstring injury in the only change in the backline. Willi Heinz will start at scrum-half for a second successive game after he pushed former All Black Andy Ellis to the bench for last weekend's 52-31 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Luke Romano (calf) and Richie McCaw (thumb) are still unavailable for selection due to injury. The All Blacks duo are targeting a return in two weeks against the Brumbies.

Welcome to Waikato Stadium in Hamilton for our coverage of this New Zealand derby Super Rugby clash! The Chiefs must still be the favourites as they are the current leaders of the NZ log and are at home. The Crusaders are experiencing their typical mid-season comeback and may just upset the hosts tonight! We should be in for a cracker!

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