Live updates: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman - Waratahs v Crusaders at Wollongong's WIN Stadium

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Final score: Waratahs 28  Crusaders 54

Wrap - All done and dusted for the Crusaders who earned a much-needed bonus point. The scary thing for them is if the Blues and Hurricames continue to win with a bonus point, the red and blacks won't make the final. 

Crusaders 54 (Drummond, Taylor, Reece, McLoed, Barrett, Fainga'anuku, Hall, Jordan tries, Mo'unga 7xcon) bt 
Waratahs 28 (Maddocks, Parese, Newsome tries, Harrison 3xpen, 2xcon) HT 26-9

80+2mins - Try Waratahs: Alex Newsome - Reward for a fine second-half display from the Tahs. Newsome crashes over in the corner. CRU 54-28

80+1mins - Yellow card Crusaders: Nathan Vella -  Cinical at the breakdown and Vella is marched.

79mins - Yellow card Crusaders: David Havili - No penalty try but Havili is done for the evening. 

78mins - The Tahs almost cross in the corner but Havili knocks the ball down... could be deliberate and maybe a penalty try. 

75mins - Try Crusaders: Will Jordan - Cross kick from Mo'unga finds Jordan and he steps the cover defender and crashes over in a tackle to score. CRU 54-23

74mins - Lineout on the 22, Tahs half for the Crusaders.

72mins - The red and black machine destroys the NSW scrum and they win the penalty. 

71mins - The Tahs looking likely, but the Crusaders hanging tough on their own line. Three straight penalties for NSW. Scrum 5m. 

67mins - The Waratahs looking good on attack again as Swinton and them Foketi make mince meat of the defence.... 10m out but another mistake as Caird knocks the ball on. 

65mins - Try Crusaders: Bryn Hall - Classi Crusaders lineout drive although it breaks down at the end as the ball drops out, but Hall scoops it up and doves over the line. CRU 47-23

64mins - Play been held up at the moment as Angus Bell is helped off the field. Lineout 5m coming up for the Crusaders. 

63mins - Another penalty for the Crusaders - 20m out from the Waratahs line.

61mins - Penalty for the Crusaders on halfway. Will Harris pinged for holding on. 

58mins - Try Crusaders: Leicester Fainga'anuku: And the Waratahs are made to pay as Fainga'anuku crashes over from short range. CRU 40-23

56mins - The Tahs spread again but Parese's flick pass is thrown out and the Crusaders have a lineout on the NSW 22.

55mins - Try Waratahs - Izaia Parese: Are they back in it? Great play from the homside and eventually Parese busts through in midfield, runs over Fainga'anuku and races away to score. CRU 33-23

54mins - Yellow card Crusaders: Ollie Yager's gets 10 in the bin for repeated infringements.

52mins - Try Waratahs: Jack Maddocks - Scrum wheels slightly but Gordon gets the ball out and Maddocks on the burst busts through to score. CRU 33-16

51mins - The Tahs go close on several occcasions but the red and black wall won't budge. Penalty for offside awarded to the Waratahs and they will continue to attack through a scrum 5m.

49mins - The Crusaders attacking from their own goaline but Jordan coughs the ball up...back come the Waratahs, but it's turned over and again the Crusaders attack, but Mataele drops the ball this time. Scrum Waratahs - 5m out. 

47mins - Waratahs on attack through nine phases but Mataele plucks out a pass to breal that down..... Mo'unga clears.

42mins - Try Crusaders: Scott Barrett - Mo'unga sights a gap inside his 22 and is away.... he finds Taylor 30m out and he is brought down. Fainga'anuku goes close then Mataele finds Barrett in a huge hold and he dives over. CRU 33-9

Second-half - The Crusaders will have the wind in the second spell... this could get ugly for NSW.

Halftime - Crusaders 26 - Waratahs 9: That's the half. The Waratahs hung tough for 30 minutes but then the Crusaders exploded with a three try blitz and the game is all but won. 

40mins - Try Crusaders: Dallas McLeod - That's what they do. Mistake from the kick-off by the Tahs and the Crusaders roll forward. Mo'unga flicks a ball to Jordan who draws the fullback and McLoed scores. CRU 26-9

39mins - Penalty goal Waratahs - Harrison looks a decent prospect with the boot as he drills another three-points for the Waratahs. CRU 19-9

36mins - Try Crusaders: Sevu Reece - Relentless from the red and blacks. Nine phases and eventually Reece ghosts past a lazy tackle and has enough gas to get to the line untouched from 20m out. CRU 19-6

33mins - Drummond fumbles the ball at the base of the scrum and the Waratahs have a scrum inside the Crusaders half. 

30mins - Try Crusaders: Codie Taylor - That's a wonderful try. 80m effort. Seventh phase and the shift left to Fainga'anuku who finds Mataele who throws a ridiculous pass back inside to Taylor who crashes over. CRU 12-6

28mins - Another scrum penalty for the Waratahs... they have a lineout 30m out from the Crusaders line.

27mins - Fainga'anuku knocks the ball on on halfway - spills a high ball - so the Waratahs will have a scrum. They are hanging in touch the homeside.

26mins - Penalty goal Waratahs: He drills that one superbly. CRU 7-6

25mins - Two Crusaders players ruled offside and Harrison will have another crack. 35 out, 15 in from the sideline. 

24mins - Turnover on halfway win for the Waratahs - box kick from Gordan and Jordan's reply isn't great. Lineout Tahs.

23mins - Free kick for the Tahs at the scrum. Crusaders lineout 10m inside the Tahs half.

22mins - Yellow Card Waratahs: Jack Whetton gets 10 in the bin for a professional foul. Crusaders continue to attack through a quick tap but Taylor knocks the ball forward. 

21mins - Penalty in front of the sticks for the Crusaders but they want more. Lineout 5m.

20mins - Penalty 25m out for the Crusaders for offside play. Barrett opts for the scrum.

18mins - Lineout 10m for the Crusders after a penalty, but Taylor's throw isn't straight. Strong wind out there today, but you'd expect better from the All Blacks hooker.

16mins - Penalty goal Waratahs - Will Harrison drills it. CRU 7-3

15mins - Play breaks down for the Tahs and the Crusaders breakout through Mataele, but he's pinged for holding on. Shot at goal coming up for the Tahs. 

14mins - Lineout 5m for the Tahs.... penalty against the Crusaders at the scrum.

12mins - Waratahs bomb a try! Parese fends off McLeod inside his own half and gasses down field before Jordan brings him down. Quick shift right, but the pass to Maddocks is poor and he fumbles the ball forward. Scrum Crusaders.

10mins - Penalty for the Tahs with the Crusaders hot on attack again. Reece pinged for holding on.

6mins - Try Crusaders - Mitchell Drummond: Mo'unga spreads on second phase to Reece who gets to the outside of his man and fires an inside ball to Jordan who draws the fullback and offloads to Drummond who scores between the posts. CRU 7-0

5mins - Scrum penalty for the Crusaders - total dominance. Lineout on halfway.

3mins - A couple phases for the Tahs and they go nowhere so Perese kicks. Jordan brings it back but it's a tunover won for the Tahs - Harrison kicks for himself but the ball bounces out just inside the 22 - taken quickly and Mo'unga clears to halfway.

1min - Early box kick from Gordon and the Crusaders bring the ball back to halfway..... knock-on from Sevu Reece - scrum Waratahs.

Kick-off - Richie Mo'unga gets the game underway - referee is Grant Cooper.

5:04pm - Scott Barrett is back tonight and leads out the Crusaders.

5:01pm - A couple minutes from the start - the Waratahs looking for their first win of 2021. Also, another late change - Mitchell Dunshea in for Queinten Strange.

4:51pm - Late change for the Crusaders - Braydon Ennor out with Leicester Fainga'anuku shifting into the 13 jersey and Manasa Mataele comes into the wing. David Havili comes onto the bench.


Kia ora and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash between the Waratahs and the Crusaders from Wollongong's WIN Stadium.

The five-time defending champions have made a bright start to their Super Rugby Trans-Tasman season with a two-point victory over the Brumbies before thumping the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.

The Crusaders welcome back captain Scott Barrett for his first taste of the trans-Tasman competition while hooker Nathan Vella will look to make his debut off the bench.

The Waratahs will be out to end their 10-game losing streak, as they hunt for their first victory in 2021, after going winless in Super Rugby AU.

But it will be no easy challenge when they take on the 'Red and Blacks' who have won four out of the last five against the Sydney side. 

In the home side's favour is they have a good record against the Crusaders in Sydney with the Waratahs winning the last time the two sides faced off across the ditch.

TAB odds:

Waratahs $21.00 Crusaders $1.00

Crusaders: 1-George Bower, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Michael Alaalatoa, 4-Quinten Strange, 5-Scott Barrett (c), 6-Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7-Sione Havili, 8-Cullen Grace, 9-Mitchell Drummond, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 11-Leicester Fainga'anuku, 12-Dallas McLeod, 13-Braydon Ennor, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-Will Jordan.

Reserves: 16-Nathan Vella, 17-Tamati Williams, 18-Oliver Jager, 19-Sam Whitelock, 20-Mitchell Dunshea, 21-Bryn Hall, 22-Fergus Burke, 23-Manasa Mataele.  

Waratahs: 1-Angus Bell, 2-David Porecki, 3-Harry Johnson-Holmes, 4-Jeremy Williams, 5-Jack Whetton, 6-Lachlan Swinton, 7-Jack Dempsey, 8-Will Harris, 9-Jake Gordon ©, 10-Ben Donaldson, 11-Alex Newsome, 12-Lalakai Foketi, 13-Izaia Perese, 14-Jack Maddocks, 15-Will Harrison 

Reserves: 16-Joe Cotton, 17-Tetera Faulkner, 18-Darcy Breen, 19-Sam Caird, 20-Carlo Tizzano, 21-Jack Grant, 22-Tepai Moeroa, 23-Mark Nawaqanitawase

SBW lobbies Aussie PM Morrison to accept NZ refugee offer

Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams and ex-Socceroo Craig Foster will ask Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to accept an Amnesty International offer that would see refugees allowed to resettle in New Zealand.

In 2013, New Zealand offered to resettle 150 refugees trapped in Papua New Guinea and Nauru each year. 

Eight years on, Australia has not taken up the offer, arguing that refugees could use New Zealand as a back door to get into Australia.  

More than 230 asylum seekers are currently held in Australia's offshore detention centre. Another 1200 refugees occupy detention centres or hold 'final departure bridging visas' in Australia.

"These people have fled from danger and persecution in their home countries, seeking only safety in Australia," Williams says in a Stuff column. Almost eight years later - eight years! - they are still in limbo, with no idea what their futures hold.

Scott Morrison and Sonny Bill Williams
Scott Morrison and Sonny Bill Williams Photo credit: Getty

But the imminent conclusion of the 2016 resettlement deal with the USA means New Zealand's offer stands as the most humanitarian solution.

"Eight years is a long time, but New Zealand has consistently said the offer is still on the table. The ball is well and truly in Australia's court and with the US deal about to end, what alternative does the Australian Government have?

"For some who fled their dangerous homelands as young men and women, even boys and girls, an important part of their lives has been ripped away from them. They've lived in limbo year after year, waiting endlessly for a decision that's never come.

"After eight years, now is the time for kindness."

Morrison will be in Queenstown this weekend, meeting with NZ counterpart Jacinda Ardern.

On Sunday, Williams, Craig and Amnesty International's Dr Graham Thorn will ask Morrison to reconsider Australia's position and allow those affected to resettle in New Zealand.