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Crusaders 43 - 25 Waratahs
79min - TRY - Waratahs, this time it's the Crusaders defence that switches off and Alex Newsome just slices through to score the third of the night for the visitors.
75min - TRY - Crusaders, that will do it for this match, Luke Romano powers over from close range to score the hosts sixth try. Kick is good. Crusaders 43 - 18 Waratahs.
69min - Another handling error from the Tahs, this has been very sloppy, lots of errors.
66min - TRY - Crusaders. Just like that, they are over again, Codie Taylor takes a quick droppy to himself, they work the ball left and keep it alive and it's simple to the right - Jordan has his second.
64min - Once again the Waratahs win a penalty and kick for touch.
60min - TRY - Crusaders. They hit straight back, tpp easy from the set peice, and it's Ennor who scores his second out wide. Kick is wide.
58min - TRY - Waratahs, a lovely intercept and he is in again! This is now a game! Nawaqanitawase scors his second. Kick hits the post.
54min - TRY - Waratahs, they cross again, this time it counts, they work the ball left and it's a great finish from Mark Nawaqanitawase who dives and scores. Kick is good.
50min - The Tahs win another penalty at the breakdown, an area they're doing really well at.
48min - The Tahs get the ball back and keep working it forward, but they can't get a break, the Saders defence is relentless.
46min - Waratahs work the ball forward before coming up with a knock on.
41min - Back underway for the second half.
40min - A missed penalty from the Saders ends the first half.
38min - Another penalty and the Saders kick for touch.
35min - TRY - Crusaders, lovely kick, it's a crossfield bomb from Mo'unga and Faingaanuku catches and bounces through three defenders to score a great try! Kick is good. Crusaders 22 - 6 Waratahs.
34min - Sloppy from the Crusaders, a knock on from them and the Tahs clear.
33min - A forward pass from the Crusaders, but they are playing under advantage and will kick for touch.
29min - The Waratahs score, but the ref comes back and judges the pass in the build-up to have gone forward, horrible call, but the Saders will have a scrum.
26min - TRY - Crusaders, in the blink of an eye, the Saders go the length of the park to score. Leicester Faingaanuku finds Drummond who hands it off to Ennor and he scores. It's converted. Crusaders 17 - 6 Waratahs.
25min - Penalty and a double blow of the whistle from the ref, it's agains the Crusaders, multiple offsides.
22min - The Waratahs look good here, throwing the ball all around the park, a knock on comes but they look good with ball in hand.
20min - Another penalty for the Waratahs and they hit another three points.
16min - TRY - Crusaders, from the lineout the Crusaders work the ball to the right and Will Jordan is there waiting for the ball and falls over the line. Kick is good. Crusaders 10 - 3 Waratahs.
13min - The Waratahs work their way downfield and they win a penalty and go for the three - it's good. Crusaders 3 - 3 Waratahs.
10min - Penalty to the Saders, they take the three, it's good. Crusaders 3 - 0 Waratahs.
6min - Lovely from the Crusaders, from their own tryline, they put in a chip kick regather and nearly break it open, the Tahs tackle well and Goodhue puts in a grubber to ut some pressure on the Waratahs.
5min - Really good intent from the visitors and they go close to scoring but it's a knock on, Crusaders scrum.
3min - Penalty won at the breakdown by the Waratahs, great work, they kick for touch.
2min - Will Jordan gets free and creates a half chance but his chip kick goes out.
1min - Richie Mo'unga gathers the ball off the kickoff and clears.
7:05pm - We are underway here in Nelson.
7pm - Just moments away from kick off here in Nelson, Trafalgar Park, the home of the Mako.
Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and Waratahs from Trafalgar Park in Nelson.
TAB Odds: Crusaders $1.07 Waratahs $8.80
Pre-match chat: New-look Crusaders unleashed by coach Scott Robertson
The Crusaders will begin their Super Rugby title defence with a few fresh faces, as they move on from the loss of several All Blacks stars.
The three-time defending champions have seen the last of Ryan Crotty, Matt Todd, Owen Franks and Kieran Read, while skipper Sam Whitelock is on a season-long sabbatical.
But coach Scott Robertson has still been able to name a strong side for their opener against the Waratahs in Christchurch on Saturday.
All Blacks Scott Barrett, Richie Mo'unga, Jack Goodhue and Braydon Ennor all feature in the starting line-up, while Robertson can also call on internationals Codie Taylor, Luke Romano, Brett Cameron and Sevu Reece from the bench.
Three-test All Black David Havili will wear the No.15 jersey, with two exciting prospects filling the wing spots.
Tasman flyer Will Jordan starts on the right wing, with new one-game Crusader Leicester Faingaanuku on the left. The New Zealand under-20 international starred for Tasman in their successful Mitre 10 Cup campaign.
Up front, Mitchell Dunshea partners Barrett in the second row, while the loose-forward trio features the debut of openside Tom Christie, who partners Tom Sanders and No.8 Whetu Douglas.
Crusaders: 1-George Bower, 2-Andrew Makalio, 3-Oliver Jager, 4-Scott Barrett, 5-Mitchell Dunshea, 6-Tom Sanders, 7-Tom Christie, 8-Whetu Douglas, 9-Mitchell Drummond, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 11-Leicester Faingaanuku, 12-Jack Goodhue, 13-Braydon Ennor, 14-Will Jordan, 15-David Havili
Reserves: 16-Codie Taylor, 17-Isi Tu'ungafasi, 18-Michael Alaalatoa, 19-Luke Romano, 20-Cullen Grace, 21-Bryn Hall, 22-Brett Cameron, 23-Sevu Reece
Waratahs: 1-Tom Robertson, 2-Robbie Abel, 3-Tetera Faulkner, 4-Tom Staniforth, 5-Rob Simmons, 6-Lachlan Swinton, 7-Michael Hooper, 8-Jed Holloway, 9-Jake Gordon, 10-Will Harrison, 11-Alex Newsome, 12-Karmichael Hunt, 13-Lalakai Foketi, 14-Mark Nawaqanitawase, 15-Kurtley Beale
Reseres: 16-Damien Fitzpatrick, 17-Angus Bell, 18-Chris Talakai, 19-Ryan Mccauley, 20-Jack Dempsey, 21-Carlo Tizzano, 22-Mitch Short, 23-Jack Maddocks