Super Rugby 2019 live: Crusaders v Sharks in Christchurch

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Crusaders 21 - 21 Sharks 

Full time! What a finish from the champions - stay tuned for the match wrap. 

81 min: TRY - Crusaders, heroic defence from the Sharks - and outstanding patience from the Saders and Mitch Hunt goes over. Kick to come. It's good. DRAW! 

80 min: Advantage to the Crusaders just metres out - they take the tap. 

77 min: Massive tackle - out wide Braydon Ennor dives over but Sbusiso Nkosi tackles him out. Crusaders had the advantage - they take the scrum. 

74 min: You wouldn't believe it - another Sharks penalty and this time it's over. Crusaders 14 - 21 Sharks. 

71 min: Another penalty for the Sharks. He misses the kick. 

67 min: Another penalty for the Sharks right out in front - kick to come. It's good. Crusaders 14 - 18 Sharks.

62 min: Crusaders are charging here - looking more and more confident as the game goes on. 

56 min: TRY - Crusaders, really good patience from the Saders - Kieran Read gets the ball and sets up Jack Goodhue who scores under the posts. Kick is good. Crusaders 14 -15 Sharks. 

53 min: Perfect kick from Mitch Hunt and it goes out like 1m out, but they lose the ball - knock on, but the Crusaders win a penalty off the scrum - they need points here.

51 min: Another penalty goes against the Crusaders. Kick for touch. 

49 min: Mitch Hunt makes the mistake, he kicks it out on the full - Sharks earn a penalty. Kick to come again. Kick is good. Crusaders 7 -15 Sharks. 

47 min: Very close from the Crusaders - Mitch Hunt puts the grubber through and it looks like Reece is in - but some great work from Sbusiso Nkosi with a diving kick. 

45 min: Better looking from the Crusaders down the left wing - Ennor and Bridge combining - but the Sharks earn a lineout. 

43 min: Another penalty for the Sharks - Joe Moody collapsing, kick to come. It's good Crusaders 7 - 12 Sharks. 

41 min: Back underway here in Christchurch. 

41 min: Big moment on the cusp of half time. The Crusaders knock the ball on and  the Sharks go into the break with a lead. 

40 min: Crusaders win a penalty - and they choose to kick for touch as the hooter goes. 

39 min: Big mistake from the Sharks - the kick didn't go out. George Bridge cuts through the defence, and sets up some great field position. 

37 min: Penalty to the Sharks for some obstruction - and there is some argy bargy but nothing major. 

35 min: The Sharks earn a penalty on halfway and they opt to take the shot. Kick is good. What a kick! Crusaders 7 - 9 Sharks. 

34 min: Fantastic kick from Hunt to Sevu Reece and he gathers it and kicks it to Aphelele Fassi.

32 min: Throw isn't straight and the Crusaders get the ball back. 

30 min: Great attack from the Sharks - they go very close but the Crusaders get the ball down in goal - Sharks penalty. 

26 min: Intercept from the Sharks and they clear - so do the Saders and the Sharks will have a lineout near halfway. 

23 min: Another knock on from the Crusaders - Codie Taylor this time and the Sharks will have the scrum feed. 

21 min: Penalty to the Sharks and they kick for points again - it's good. Crusaders 7 - 6 Sharks. 

19 min: The Crusaders come up with the ball but it's Scott Barrett who knocks the ball on. 

17 min: Sharks attack again but another mistake hands the Crusaders the ball, they clear down field. 

15 min: The Sharks make their way down the pitch but lose the ball in the lineout - Crusaders scrum 5m out from their try line. 

12 min: TRY - Crusaders, Codie Taylor goes over for the hosts, smart play from the hooker who grounds the ball at the base of the post. Kick is good. Crusaders 7 - 3 Sharks. 

11 min: The Crusaders get some field position for the first time with a great attack - just 15m out. 

9 min: Bosch attempts another kick - this time it's good. Crusaders 0 - 3 Sharks.

8 min: The Sharks rip the ball away and have got themselves another penalty. 

6 min: Sharks earn a penalty just 22m out after Michael Alaalatoa collapsed, Curwin Bosch opts for the points. Kick hits the post - Crusaders gather the ball. 

4 min: Two rucks and two headgears on the ground - Jordan Taufua and Matt Todd lose their headgear. 

3 min: But the Sharks come up with their own mistake and it ill be a Crusaders lineout. 

2 min: The Sharks get the ball off a Crusaders turnover and start an attack in the 22. 

1 min: Kick off here in Christchurch - 

Kieran Read leads the team out in his 150th match. 


Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and the Sharks. 

Pre-game chat: Crusaders look to future with midfield combo against Sharks

The Crusaders have rung the changes for their clash with the Sharks in Christchurch on Sunday, with eight new starters to the side that thrashed the Lions last weekend.

Stand-out Jack Goodhue will replace international teammate Ryan Crotty at second-five, after the latter left the field for a concussion check - which he reportedly passed - and never returned on Friday.  

With Crotty, who'll take up a contract in Japan next season, on All Blacks rest this week, coach Scott Robertson is eager to see what the rejigged tandem of Goodhue and Braydon Ennor are capable of.

"It's a great opportunity for Jack to play 12," said Robertson. "Great centres can also play well at 12."

Mitchell Hunt will steer the ship at first-five in place of Richie Mo'unga, another on All Blacks rest. Sam Whitelock also falls into that category, with Matt Todd taking the captain's armband in his absence.

The same is true for David Havili, who makes way for Will Jordan to make another start at fullback.

Jordan Taufua will start in place of Whetukamokamo Douglas at blindside flanker, while Luke Romano will make his first appearance since round six.

"It's his opportunity to play again," said Robertson. "I just think it's a testament to the depth of our squad and the ability to give young guys game time, give them confidence, get them out on the field." 

Crusaders: 1-Joe Moody, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Michael Alaalatoa, 4-Mitchell Dunshea, 5-Scott Barrett, 6-Jordan Taufua, 7-Matt Todd, 8-Kieran Read, 9-Bryn Hall, 10-Mitchell Hunt, 11-George Bridge, 12-Jack Goodhue, 13-Braydon Ennor, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-Will Jordan

Reserves: 16-Ben Funnell, 17-Isi Tu'ungafasi, 18-Oliver Jager, 19-Luke Romano, 20-Ethan Blackadder, 21-Mitchell Drummond, 22-Brett Cameron, 23-Tim Bateman

Sharks: 1-Thomas du Toit, 2-Kerron van Vuuren, 3-Coenie Oosthuizen, 4-Ruben van Heerden, 5-Ruan Botha, 6-Philip van der Walt, 7-Jean-Luc du Preez, 8-Daniel du Preez, 9-Louis Schreuder (C), 10-Curwin Bosch, 11-Makazole Mapimpi, 12-Andre Esterhuizen, 13-Lukhanyo Am, 14-Sbusiso Nkosi, 15-Aphelele Fassi

Reserves: 16-Akker van der Merwe, 17-Mzamo Majola, 18-John-Hubert Meyer, 19-Hyron Andrews, 20-Jacques Vermeulen, 21-Cameron Wright, 22-Robert du Preez, 23-Marius Louw