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Reds 28 Crusaders 63

Reds - McDermott, Vunivalu, Paenga-Amosa & Wilson try; O'Connor 4 conversions

Crusaders - Mo'unga 3, Reece 2, Taylor, Williams & Grace tries; penalty try; Mo'unga 8 conversions

Second half

40th minute - Try to Paenga-Amosa

Reds win an attacking lineout and send Vunivalu towards the posts. Crusaders defend desperately, but the hooker is driven across from short range.

O'Connor converts as fulltime arrives, Crusaders 63-28

39th minute - O'Connor chips behind the Crusaders defence, Hegarty is dragged down and as the ball goes right, Loto is also tackled short.

Vunivalu regathers and lunges for the line, but he's ruled short. Fraser reviews Jordan's final tackle and rules he's off his feet at the breakdown, sending him to the bin.

38th minute - Reds loose the ball on the tryline and Crusaders break out. Reece kicks ahead and is taken out of the chase.

Vunivalu is barely tackled in midfield.

37th minute - Crusaders control the kickoff and try to run from their own 22. Ennor's pass is picked off and the Reds go on attack.

35th minute - Try to Taylor

Mo'unga teases the defence on the right and sends McLeod infield. Forwards continue smash ahead and when the ball goes left, Mataele looks infield for his skipper to score.

Mo'unga converts again, Crusaders 63-21

34th minute - Reds attack breaks down and the ball is hoofed downfield, where Mataele chases hard. Blackadder gets an elbow in the head from Scott-Young and leaves the field.

33rd minute - Reds have an attacking lineout, midweay 22 and 10. They win it and hit the midfield.

32nd minute - Taylor is back on the field, presumably as an injury replacement.

Ennor smashes Paisami in midfield, but Fraser has the Crusaders offside.

31st minute - Blackadder surges upfield again - he's been great tonight - but as the Crusaders try to mount another attack, Jordan can't hold onto a pass and it goes forward.

28th minute - Try to Williams

Mo'unga kicks to the corner for another Crusaders lineout drive. Reds almos steal the throw, but Crusaders recover and the young prop is driven over for his first Super Rugby try. Mo'unga converts, Crusaders 56-21

27th minute - After 11 phases, McAlister breaks the defensive line and Fainga'anuku is over the tryline, but the ball has gone forward and Fraser is playing advantage for a Reds offside.

26th minute - Crusaders inside Reds half and move left to Fainga'anuku.

Mo'unga torments the defence and Blackadder charges forwards.

24th minute Try to Vunivalu

Havili tries to kick from his own territory, but Wilson is there to charge down, regather and then delivery an outrageous overhead pass behind him to Vunivalu, who breaks a tackle to score.

O'Connor converts, Crusaders 49-21

23rd minute - Reds turn the ball over on halfway and launch another attack.

21st minute - Try to Wilson

From the kickoff, Reds move the ball left and Wilson sprints down the touchline with Tupou in support. Wilson dummies to his prop and then sprints away to score.

O'Connor's conversion straightens up and bisects the posts, Crusaders 49-14

20th minute - After a review, Fraser recalls McReight and dispatches Hoopert - a case of mistaken identity.

19th minute - Crusaders win an attacking line out and drive towards the line again. Reds collapse again and Fraser has had enough - he awards a penalty try and sends McReight to the sin bin.

18th minute - Crusaders win an attacking lineout and drive towards line. When the ball is released, Hall passes left and Fainga'anuku touches down in the corner, but he's dragged into touch.

Fraser brings them back for Reds collapsing the maul.

16th minute - Crusaders forwards maul towards halfway and eventually release to Hall. Jordan puts up a high kick and Hegarty can't gather cleanly - it bounces to a teammate offside. 

14th minute - Try to Mo'unga

Mo'unga puts up a high kick downfield, Fainga'anuku claims it and as the play develops, Mo'unga jinks through a tiny gap and rolls over the line for his hat-trick.

He converts - he's still 100 percent off the tee, Crusaders 42-7

13th minute - Reds disrupt a Crusaders scrum, but Fraser awards Crusaders a penalty.

11th minute - Bryn Hall comes on at halfback for the Crusaders. They win a defensive scrum and Mo'unga clears the line.

10th minute - Reds win an attacking lineout and drive towards the tryline. Crusaders hold them up and win a maul turnover five metres out - Havili has done the damage.

Ninth minute - Vunivalu takes the ball off the lineout and makes good metres. O'Connor throws wide, but the ball spills forward.

Fraser is playing another advantage and the Crusaders have now conceded several penalties in succession.

Eighth minute - Reds win a scrum advantage on halfway and then throw a passin into touch. Fraser comes back for the penalty and the Reds kick to touch.

Seventh minute - Crusaders seek to launch another attack from halfway, but Douglas' pass to McAlister was deemed forward. McAlister has replaced Taylor at halftime.

Fourth minute - Crusaders kick to the corner and drive from the lineout. Reds disrupt, but Havili kicks acrossfield for Reece to gather and score. 

Unbelievable play! Mo'unga maintains his 100 percent kicking, Crusaders 35-0

Third minute - Crusaders playing under advantage and eventually comeback for the penalty.

Second minute - Paenga-Amosa dominates a breakdown and wins a clearing penalty for the Reds, but Reece keeps the ball in play and puts Cruaders hot on attack again.

First minute - Mo'unga kicks off for the second half, Reds secure the kick and O'Connor clears. Havili and Grace combine to take Crusaders deep into Reds territory.

First half

40+1 minute - Reds throw to the back, but Blackadder steals the throw and the Crusaders find touch to end the half.

40th minute - Reds win a lineout on their 10 and attack the inside channels. Reece concedes a penalty on halfway and the Reds play under advantage.

Eventually Fraser calls them back for Reece entering the side of the breakdown and the Reds kick to the corner.

39th minute - Crusaders win the lineout, but the Reds defence is up quickly and steal possession, then a clearing penalty.

38th minute - After the kickoff, Crusaders regain possession and then win a penalty. They kick for the corner.

36th minute - Try to McDermott

Reds win a penalty when the scrum collapses and McDermott takes the quick tap, catching the Crusaders defence napping. O'Connor converts, Crusaders 28-7

35th minute - Playing under advantage, McDermott lunges at the tryline and is ruled short.

Further replays show an earlier knock-on, but Fraser brings them back for offside. Reds opt for a scrum in front of the posts.

34th minute - Reds surge from the lineout and have advantage.

33rd minute - Crusaders are penalised for wheeling the scrum and Reds kick to the corner.

32nd minute - Tupou goose-steps in midfield, as Reds play under advantage for knock-on. They will have scrum feed 45 metres out.

31st minute - Reds have the ball in Crusaders territory, but can't penetrate the defence.

29th minute - Try to Mo'unga

A long pass from the scrum goes astray, but Mo'unga recovers the ball and simply has too much pace for the defensive line.

Mo'unga slots another conversion, Crusaders 28-0

28th minute - Crusaders win a free-kick at a scrum that repeatedly collapses. They take another scrum five metres out.

25th minute - Crusaders take an attacking lineout and they maul towards the line. Reds do well to hold them up and win a defensive scrum feed.

24th minute - Grace takes the deep droupout and Dunshea carries on. Reece has the Reds offside and Havili's fancy back pass is off target.

23rd minute - Jordan threatens out right and Havili cuts back . Blackadder surges forward and the Crusaders forwards continue to rumble.

Jordan kicks to the goal area and it's touched down for a dropout.

22nd minute - Havili keeps the ball, when Fainga'anuku seems open outside him and Blackadder is held up short of the tryline. Reds have a goal-line dropout.

21st minute - From the scrum in their own 22, Havili makes ground and the ball finds Fainga'anuku, who reaches the Reds 10.

20th minute - Reds steal a lineout throw and go on attack. They're stopped on the advantage line and knock on.

18th minute - Reds feed on halfway and Vunivalu runs off the scrum. Ball is kicked ahead towards the Crusaders goal-line, but Hegarty is penalised to stall the attack.

14th minute - Try to Grace

O'Connor chips behind the advancing Crusaders, but Havili gathers a loose ball and breaks the line. Douglas offloads to Grace, who charges 30 metres to score.

There's some question about Havili being offside, but the TMO quickly clears him and the try stands. Mo'unga is on target, Crusaders 21-0

11th minute - Try to Reece

Fainga'anuku is under pressure, but tidies up a scrappy situation. Mo'unga bursts upfield and finds Reece looming wide to score.

The last pass looked marginal, but backwards out of the hands, I guess. Mo'unga clots the conversion, Crusaders 14-0

10th minute - Reds win a scrum penalty and Tupou rumbles over halfway.

Ninth minute - Taylor connects with Blackadder with a long lienout throw. Both teams exchange long kicks.

Eighth minute - Reece puts up a terrible midfield bomb that goes straight up and Reds gather. Vunivalu clears deep into Crusaders territory.

Fifth minute - Try to Mo'unga

Reds feed first scrum on the night and run from their own line, but a pass goes behind its man, and Mo'unga pounces to scamper 20 metres and score. He converts, Crusaders 7-0

Fourth minute - Somehow Dunshea is out on the wing, but he loses the ball in the tackle and the attack stalls. 

Third minute - Crusaders win a lineout and Blackadder surges upfield. Mo'unga threatens the defensive line on the 22.

Second minute - Tupou lunges over the line, but Jordan strips the ball out and Crusaders have a chance to clear from the knock-on.

Havili's long goal-line dropout clears halfway and the Reds are immediately pinged for obstruction.

First minute - Mike Fraser has the whistle tonight, as Reds kick off deep.

Reds win a lineout inside Crusaders half and kick behind Jordan to win a penalty just metres from the goal-line.

Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash between Queensland Reds and the Crusaders in Brisbane.

After taking out their respective domestic titles two weeks ago, both these champion sides were scratchy in the opening round of this competition, with the Reds well beaten by the Highlanders and the Crusaders barely surviving a nailbiter against the Brumbies.

Both should be more composed this week, with former Crusaders legend Brad Thorn - now Reds coach - eyeing a rare victory over his old outfit.

All Blacks winger George Bridge is expected to miss the rest of the trans-Tasman format, after emergency appendectomy, but coach Scott Robertson has plenty of backline depth to call on, bring back international utility Will Jordan at fullback, with Sevu Reece and Leicster Fainga'anuku on the wings.

Captain Scott Barrett will also miss this encounter through illness.

TAB odds: Crusaders $1.34, Reds $3.05

Crusaders: 1-George Bower, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Oliver Jager, 4-Mitchell Dunshea, 5-Sam Whitelock, 6-Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7-Ethan Blackadder, 8-Cullen Grace, 9-Mitchell Drummond, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 11-Leicester Fainga'anuku, 12-David Havili, 13-Braydon Ennor, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-Will Jordan 

Reserves: 16-Brodie McAlister, 17-Tamati Williams, 18-Michael Alaalatoa, 19-Quinten Strange, 20-Sione Favili Talitui, 21-Bryn Hall, 22-Dallas McLoed, 23-Manasa Mataele

Reds: 1-Dane Zander, 2-Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3-Taniela Tupou, 4-Ryan Smith, 5-Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 6-Liam Wright (cc), 7-Fraser McReight, 8-Harry Wilson, 9-Tate McDermott, 10-James O’Connor (cc), 11-Jock Campbell, 12-Hamish Stewart, 13-Hunter Paisami, 14-Suliasi Vunivalu, 15-Bryce Hegarty

Reserves: 16-Alex Mafi, 17-Harry Hoopert, 18-Feao Fotuaika, 19-Seru Uru, 20-Angus Scott-Young, 21-Kalani Thomas, 22-Isaac Henry, 23-Filipo Daugunu.

Heems hat-trick powers Blues over Waratahs at Eden Park

Winger Bryce Heems' hat-trick of tries has paced the Blues to a comfortable 48-21 victory over the Waratahs at Eden Park to extend their winning start to Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.

The results also underlines New Zealand's early dominance over their rivals from across the ditch, with an eighth win in as many matches in the revamped competition.

The Blues drew first blood with an early Otere Black penalty, before winger Bryce Heems capitalised on a period of forward power to cross in the corner for the opening try.

Injuries forced the visitors to reshuffle their line-up before and after kickoff, with centre Izaia Perese and lock Max Douglas dropping out, and replacement Jack Whetton also departing temporarily for a head assessment.

Regardless, the Waratahs threatened to score next on a couple of occasions and were unlucky to concede the next try, charging down a kick that fell kindly for Heem to send captain Tom Robinson across.

Bryce Heems celebrates a try for the Blues
Bryce Heems celebrates a try for the Blues. Photo credit: Photosport

Prop Angus Bell finally put the Aussies on the board, fending off a couple of would-be tacklers in his sprint for the line. Halfback Jake Gordon perfectly read a pass from counterpart Finlay Christie to intercept and score untouched, and with halftime in sight, the Blues advantage looked tenuous.

But the Blues forwards provided some breathing room into the break, mauling 20 metres to the goal-line and then finishing the job, with hooker Kurt Eklund at the end of a close-range lineout drive.

Leading 22-14 after 40 minutes, the hosts extended their advantage through Rieko Ioane, who pounced on a loose ball at the breakdown and sped 30 metres unopposed.

Reduced to 14 men, with prop Harry Johnson-Holmes yellow-carded, the Waratahs were powerless against a close-range Blues scrum, conceding a penalty try that finally put the game beyond their reach with 20 minutes remaining.

Even short-handed, the Waratahs managed to score next through hooker David Porecki to keep their faint hopes alive.

But the Blues enjoyed the luxury of bringing All Blacks Alex Hodgman, Patrick Tuipulotu and Dalton Papali'i off the bench, and all three combined in the build-up to Heems' second try.

As the clock ticked down on the contest, Heems galloped 40 metres for his third to put the seal on the Blues victory.

Blues 48 (Heems 3, Robinson, R Ioane & Eklund tries; penalty try; Black 4 conversions & penalty) Waratahs 21 (Bell, Porecki & Gordon tries; Harrison 3 conversions)More to come