Crusaders make hard work defeating a Rebels team who looked dangerous every time they touched the ball, the Melbournites holding the lead for most of the second half until about 15 minutes from full time, by which the score was 30-26 for the home team. The Crusaders' scrum and Tom Taylor's goal kicking proving the difference, and Jason Woodward's dreadful kick for touch bouncing over the dead ball line letting the Crusaders off the hook when the Rebels were ahead. You know, for a team that was at $10 to beat the Crusaders on the TAB website they got pretty damn close! The way the Crusaders are playing at the moment I'll be surprised if the Brumbies fail to win by less than 20 next weekend.
Chiefs won a replay of last year's final against the Sharks last night, the men from Hamilton getting up to a 24-0 lead after 20 minutes, although the Sharks caught up big time and were unfortunate not to get a losing bonus point at the death after infringing on their own 22, and Aaron Cruden finally getting kicking duties slotted his first three points for the year, 37-29 at full time.