Colin Slade (12)
Colin Slade (73,65,59,47,30,16)
Colin Slade (13)


Kyle Cooper (75), Jacobus Reinach (42), Sibusiso Sithole (8)
Tim Swiel (68), Francois Steyn (51,40)
Tim Swiel (76), Francois Steyn (43,9)

Full Time
Jake White spoke of rewriting history at the start of the game and I guess the message hit home for his players! An incredible feat for the visitors against the current form side in the competition. All Sharks fans watching this match must have had goosebumps throughout! The rugby was fast paced and the Sharks character was tested to the limit. This is a massive statement that the Sharks outfit of 2014 can win the title. The Crusaders will wonder how they couldn't put this one away.

The Sharks give away a penalty and they Saders have to tap and go because time is up! They lose the ball and THE SHARKS HAVE WON!!

They kick it and it goes out on the full! One last chance for the Crusaders!

Incredibly tense times as the Crusaders attack! The Sharks scramble defense is heroic and they manage to prevent any breaks. The ball goes into touch and the Sharks have a line out. They can kill it from here...

CONVERSION, SWIEL, 25-30. Swiel adds an important two points! Crusaders have to score now!

TRY!! SHARKS, COOPER, 25-28. A miracle could be on! They drive strongly before Jordaan crashes it up well. The Beast clears everyone at the ruck and Cooper picks and runs straight through and over!!

Sharks turnover and put the Crusaders under huge pressure! Slade clears poorly and Sharks have a line out inside the 22m!

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 25-23. Slade doesn't miss this simple one! They have the lead once more.

Kyle Cooper attempts a turnover and gives away a penalty! Looks a bit harsh, the replay shows that he was contesting fairly.

Slades kick is wide! Mvovo gathers and dots down under huge pressure from a Crusaders follow up.

Crusaders pressure is too much and they win a penalty! Slade will have a shot to regain the lead.

Crusaders continue to put a 13-man Sharks under all kinds of pressure as they out number the Sharks in all facets of the game. They attack with Nadolo on the wing again. He just can't gather his own grubber through with the try line a begging! Scrum to Sharks inside their own 22m.

PENALTY, SHARKS, SWIEL, 22-23. Swiel takes the penalty as he is on for Steyn now and is immediately successful with the boot!

Sharks win a short arm, take it quickly and then manage a penalty as well! Steyn will have a shot from the corner of the 22m to take back the lead.

A bit of scuffle ensues after a ruck. Hopefully no more players have to leave. Just a bit of handbag stuff after seeing it on the TMO, back to the rugby now. Scrum to the Crusaders on their own 22m.

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 22-20. Slade gets his team in the lead. Thirteen men for the Sharks now.

Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD, ALBERTS. The Sharks needed something magical. Now they need a miracle. Alberts played the man without the ball.

Sharks do well to win a penalty and will be able to clear out of trouble! Steyn doesn't find touch. The Crusaders win back a high kick and are in the Sharks 22m. Simple mistakes costing the Sharks.

Sharks were attacking well before a soft pass is dropped from Steyn and the Crusaders went on the counter attack. Nadolo gets the ball on the wing and puts a good grubber through. Reinach is back and runs into the safety of touch.

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 19-20. Slade nails an important 3 points for the visitors!

Crusaders win a scrum penalty and Slade will have a shot from the corner.

Slade puts in a dangerous grubber which the Sharks again fail to collect smoothly! Jordan Taufua fails to collect as well with the try line straight in front of him!

Reinach puts in a box kick for Mvovo to chase! Mvovo is blown for off side and the Saders will have a chance to attack inside the Sharks half after finding a good touch.

Just short from Steyn!! Obviously slightly more than a nudge required.

Sharks win another penalty! Sharks playing with confidence and the Crusaders with a hint of fear of loss? About 50m out in the corner...nothing more than just a nudge for Francois Steyn.

PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN, 16-20. That's the winning formula from the visitors.

The Sharks put a lot of pressure on the home side but they do well to get it into touch! The Sharks win a penalty! Steyn will have a crack.

The Sharks gather the ball after the Saders miss touch. They attack strongly and eventually Reinach kicks into touch inside the Crusaders 22m. Great play from the Sharks.

Sharks give away a penalty after the reset inside the Crusaders 22m. They can't afford to do that in the visitors territory.

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 16-17. No mistake from Slade who narrows the deficit.

The Sharks tackle well, but they can''t get away with no mistakes. The Crusaders have a penalty straight in front. Slade will reduce the gap to 1 point.

Crusaders win a penalty and kick for touch inside the Sharks 22m. The visitors will need to show the same resilience they did during the first half on defense.

CONVERSION, STEYN, 13-17. Incredible the Sharks have a 4 point lead. Just the start they needed!

TRY! SHARKS, REINACH, 13-15. Unbelievable! A loose line out is kicked through by Reinach who shows incredible pace and skill to control it and win the race to the try line! All previous passes and mistakes are forgiven!

Steyn gets us underway for the second half. A kick battle ensues which the Saders win with a line out inside the Sharks half!

Half Time
The match has definitely been marred due to a second of madness by Jean Deysel but the Sharks have shown real character to remain in contention. It's quite simple for the second half. Sharks have to slow the game down, be extremely accurate and kick for territory. They need to frustrate the home side into making mistakes and let Frans Steyn's boot do the rest. Crusaders on the other hand will try keep ball in hand and run the Sharks flat!

PENALTY, SHARKS, STEYN, 13-10. Boy did the Sharks need that! Steyn launches one from way back and has the accuracy. That's half time.

That's more like it from the Sharks. They found some territory, set up a solid driving maul and eventually the Crusaders err and give away a penalty! Steyn will have a shot.

Slade's kick is wide! Sharks need to get hold out to half time and get some word of wisdom from Jake White.

One thing the Sharks are doing are making their tackles! Mvovo gives away a penalty as he tries to turnover the ball. Slade will have a shot at goal.

Sharks looking extremely rushed and edgy. They need to calm down and focus on being accurate and clinical at this stage. Crusaders doing everything to pressurize the visitors and it's working.

Sharks making mistakes left, right and center. A forward pass is thrown as they aim to get some momentum after a line out on the half way.

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 13-7. No mistake from Slade! Sharks doing well to not let the flood gates open.

The Sharks scrum buckles under the Crusaders pressure and the home side win a penalty. Slade should get an easy three pointer here.

Nearly another shocker from the Sharks! Slade puts a grubber through for Crotty to run onto but the Sharks read it and Marais gets back. He fails to dot it down but Crotty just knocks on as he aims to touch down.

Crusaders are completely dominating a 14 man Sharks team! The visitors are not giving up and manage a turnover on their own line! A shocking pass from Reinach is knocked on by Jordaan who was about to clear.

Sharks win another penalty, this time on defense! Steyn has more of an angle to work with puts his team inside the Saders' half.

Sharks win a penalty at the scrum! They'll need all of Steyn's ammo to get them as far away as possible. He finds touch inside his own 22m.

Sharks stay committed and defend well. They manage to prevent a strong attack from the Crusaders and win a scrum on their own line.

SP Marais is caught at a ruck a bit isolated and is penalized. Slade kicks deep into the Sharks half. The visitors are going to need to play out of their skins now.

PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE, 10-7. Slade takes advantage of Deysel's mess and adds three points.

Red Card
RED CARD, SHARKS, DEYSEL. Disgusting really from the Sharks player. You just can't stomp a players face. After an exciting start, this has really put a damper on the match.

Oef! Deysel might get a red here. Slowmo shows him clearly stomping on a players face.

The Crusaders are on attack again as they set up a driving maul in the Sharks 22m. The Sharks defend well and win a penalty as the home side hold onto the ball at the ruck! Great work from Steyn and Jordaan to win that.

CONVERSION, SLADE, 7-7. Slade makes no mistake this time with a far easier attempt.

TRY! CRUSADERS, SLADE, 5-7. Soft try! A kick from the Saders bounces on the Sharks 22m as Reinach fails to gather. It pops up for Crotty who offloads to Slade who goes over!

The Crusaders win a penalty just inside the Sharks half but Slades attempt is short. Mvovo gathers and fails to find touch!

CONVERSION, STEYN, 0-7. Frans adds to his sides tally to give them the full 7 points with a solid kick!

TRY! SHARKS, SITHOLE, 0-5. Incredible try!! After simple loop move Frans Steyn breaks through unmarked! He takes on a few Crusaders players and throws a no-look out the back of the hand to Sithole at pace who crashes over! Steyn is a genius!

The Sharks make an attacking surge but a grubber through by Jordaan comes off a Crusaders player and gives them possession. Mvovo nearly intercepts by kicking a low pass from a Saders player but the ball is marked inside the 22m and the home side clears.

This time the Sharks win a scrum penalty! These scrum penalties seem like a bit of a lottery to me.

The Crusaders make an unforced handling error on attack after some solid defense from the visitors. The Sharks can't make use of the advantage for the counter attack and we come back for the scrum.

Crusaders win the first scrum battle as they are awarded a penalty! Slade finds touch just outside the 22m.

Kick Off
The Crusaders get us underway! A box kick from Reinach is fumbled by the home side and the Sharks get an early set piece in the Saders' half!

The Sharks have NEVER won playing away against the Crusaders. Jake Whites message to the team today was simple; "The nice thing about history is that it is there to be rewritten." The Sharks will most certainly want to do that tonight to keep their top spot and show that they are still real contenders for the 2014 title.

Crusaders news: Tom Taylor starts at full-back and as Israel Dagg is rested. In the second row, Dominic Bird comes in for Luke Romano, who is out with a broken ankle. Scrum-halves Willi Heinz and Andy Ellis have rotated again so that Heinz takes the starting spot for his 50th Crusaders game. Blackadder said Kieran Read was again ruled out of contention early in the week rather than pressuring him to be ready to play with little time to prepare.

Sharks news: There are three personal changes and two positional switches compared to the side that lost to the Brumbies last week. After playing at lock in recent weeks, Willem Alberts reverts back to the loose-forwards, starting at number eight while Tera Mtembu gets a start at flank, meaning Ryan Kankowski and Keegan Daniel drop to the bench. Etienne Oosthuizen comes into the second row, while Jannie du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira will win their 100th caps in an unchanged front row. SP Marais returns to the starting line-up at full-back meaning Lwazi Mvovo moves to the wing ahead of Odwa Ndungane in the only change amongst the backline personnel.

Welcome to AAMI Stadium in Christchurch for this much anticipated Super Rugby Clash! Things are starting to get very interesting on the log standings where the Sharks could be potentially knocked off the top spot for this first time since...well the beginning of the competition! The Crusaders have done their usual mid tournament turnaround and will be looking to continue their crusade to the top spot this evening.

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