The Crusaders were too strong for the Rebels in their Super Rugby clash in Christchurch today.
FULLTIME: Crusaders 30-26 Rebels
The Crusaders utilised all their experience to get home over a brave Rebels outfit who threatened right until the final whistle.
After starting the second half the stronger side the Rebels fell off the pace in the last quarter with some questionable replacements made to their side.
Ill-discipline also played a part with several crucial penalties going against the visiotrs in the last 20 minutes.
The likes of Dan Carter and Andy Ellis helped the Crusaders' cause but Tom Taylor's boot proved the difference overall.
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76mins Crusaders 30-26 Rebels
Taylor adds another three after the Rebels conceded a penalty whilst scrambling to contain the hosts' attack.
67mins Crusaders 27-26 Rebels
A second scrum penalty goes against the visitors allowing Taylor
to step up and bang one over from 40 metres on the angle top put
the Crusaders back in front.
62mins Crusaders 24-26 Rebels
Tom Taylor narrows the gap for the Crusaders with a penalty
after the Rebels were caught offside.
58mins Crusaders 21-26 Rebels
The Rebels miss a chance to extend their lead with Jason Woodward's attempt going wide.
54mins Crusaders 21-26 Rebels
TRY! The Rebels are in again, hooker Ged Robinson scoring in almost the same place as the previous try, this one coming from a well worked short lineout move.
O'Connor's conversion from wide out is on the money.
As expected, Dan Carter is now on in place of Tyler Bleyendaal.
52mins Crusaders 21-19 Rebels
TRY! The Rebels get their second try to James O'Connor who
started the initial wave of attack before backing up Scott
Higginbotham to take the last pass before scoring wide out.
Jason Woodward's conversion was astray.
The Crusaders have replaced halfback Willi Heinz with Andy Ellis.
48mins Crusaders 21-14 Rebels
The Rebels are pinged in a harsh call with a scrum collapsing,
Bleyendaal restoring the Crusaders' seven point lead with a
43mins Crusaders 18-14 Rebels
The Crusaders were caught with players in front of Israel Dagg's clearing kick allowing James O'Connor to guide a third penalty between the posts.
The Rebels have started the second term well putting pressure on the Crusaders defence by retaining possession for two minutes.
40mins Crusaders 18-11 Rebels
The Crusaders kick-off the second-half off the boot of Tyler Bleyendaal. The hosts are running into the north-easterly in this half.
HALFTIME: Crusaders 18-11 Rebels
The Rebels have enjoyed a strong first half to surprise the
Crusaders yet the hosts have done enough to keep their lead.
Coach Todd Blackadder will want his side to retain possession and build phases in the second half after playing erratically throughout the first term.
The Rebels will be buoyed by their early efforts and will continue to grow in confidence the longer they are allowed to threaten the Crusaders lead.
Look for an improved forward effort from the Crusaders and the injection of Dan Carter off the bench.
Stand by for a thrilling second half.
39mins Crusaders 18-11 Rebels
Taylor bangs over three points from right in front after Rebels halfback Nick Phipps was ruled to have left his feet while contesting the ball at a ruck.
37mins Crusaders 15-11 Rebels
The Rebels narrow the margin to four with a second penalty to O'Connor after the Crusaders front-row collapsed at the scrum.
36mins Crusaders 15-8 Rebels
Tom Taylor extends the Crusaders lead with a difficult penalty goal from wide out after the Rebels infringed at the breakdown.
34mins Crusaders 12-8 Rebels
The Rebels have been impressive since nailing that try. Backs Cooper Vuna and James O'Connor have looked dangerous, while Scott Higginbotham has been busy up-front.
23mins Crusaders 12-8 Rebels
The Rebels get a try to Scott Higginbotham from a stunning
80-metre counter-attack after the Crusaders turned the ball
O'Connor's conversion is waved away.
20mins Crusaders 12-3 Rebels
The Rebels get points on the board with a James O'Connor penalty from almost in front after the Crusaders were caught offside.
12mins Crusaders 12-0 Rebels
TRY! Tyler Bleyendaal scores the Crusaders second after running left from a midfield scrum. Taylor bangs over the conversion from beside the sticks.
2mins Crusaders 5-0 Rebels
TRY! Zac Guildford gets the Crusaders off to a great start, finishing off a brilliant counter-attack after the Rebels had threatened from the kick-off. Great handling from Matt Todd and Sam Whitelock in the lead-up.
Tom Taylor's conversion from near touch is wide.
That's Guildford's first five-pointer for the year after his well-publicised break from the game.
0mins Crusaders 0-0 Rebels
Play is underway at AMI Stadium off the boot of Rebels five-eighth James O'Connor. The Rebels will have to contend with a north-easterly breeze in the first half.
Prior to kick-off both teams lined up for a moments silence as part of a ANZAC Day commemorative service.
Welcome to onenews.co.nz's live updates of the Crusaders round 11 Super Rugby clash against the Rebels at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder will be looking for an improved effort from his side, who have struggled for consistency this season, having won just 50% of their games.
The seven time champions will be boosted by Dan Carter's presence on the bench, while Blackadder has made three other changes to his lineup.
Joe Moody starts at loosehead prop with Wyatt Crocket shifting to the bench, halfback Willi Heinz will start, while Tom Taylor comes in at inside centre moving Ryan Crotty into the No. 13 jersey.
The 12th placed Rebels have made three changes to the side that lost to the Southern Kings last week.
Foundation Rebel Jarrod Saffy and rookie Tom English have both been promoted to the run on side, while Gareth Delve returns to the bench.
Kick off is scheduled for 4.05pm.
Crusaders: 1. Joe Moody 2. Corey Flynn 3. Owen Franks ,4. Luke Romano ,5. Sam Whitelock ,6. George Whitelock (c) ,7. Matt Todd,8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Willi Heinz ,10. Tyler Bleyendaal ,11. Zac Guildford ,12. Tom Taylor ,13. Ryan Crotty ,14. Tom Marshall ,15. Israel Dagg.
Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell 17. Wyatt Crockett 18. Dominic Bird 19. Jordan Taufua 20. Andy Ellis 21.Dan Carter. 22. Adam Whitelock.
Rebels: 1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Laurie Weeks, 4. Hugh Pyle, 5. Cadeyrn Neville, 6. Jarrod Saffy, 7. Scott Fuglistaller, 8. Scott Higginbotham (c), 9. Nick Phipps, 10. James O'Connor, 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. Rory Sidey, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Tom English*, 15. Jason Woodward.
Replacements 16. Shota Horie, 17. Paul Alo-Emile, 18. Luke Jones, 19. Gareth Delve, 20. Nic Stirzaker, 21. Angus Roberts, 22. Lachlan Mitchell.