Forty minutes of rugger, four successful penalties and a whole lot of passion. Not a lot of quality running rugby, but you get the feeling this one is only going to get better with so much on the line. Who is going to be the first team to truly crack the line? My money is on the Crusaders. Stick around to find out.
Good question KB. A lot of players have a smudged substance all over their bodies from what I guess is paint? Interesting tactic from the Chiefs. Let's see if it pays off.
Second half change for the Chiefs. Tameifuna off and Ben Afeaki on.
Crusaders start the half on the front foot. Luke Romano is wrestled down right on halfway.
Kieran Read makes a quick break and it looks like the Crusaders will surely score. But his final pass to Guildford is intercepted by Tikoirotuma. Try saved. But Walsh was playing advantage and we come back for the penalty.
Carter lines up his fifth penalty attempt of the night. He's three from four so far.
Carter misses again. I repeat, Carter has missed a relatively simple kick again. I don't know what is going on.
If the Chiefs so get up tonight, Carter's kicking could well come under scrutiny.
Wyatt Crockett holding on just a little too long. Cruden finds touch 30m out from the Chiefs' line.
Advantage Chiefs as they swing the ball left toward Kerr-Barlow. Walsh brings it back now for the penalty.
Cruden lines up a kick from 35 metres on a slight right angle.
And it's good. It wasn't perfectly struck but it's worth three points. Crusaders lead 9-6.
47 MINS - CHIEFS 6 CRUSADERS 9
Here come the Chiefs. Craig Clarke inspires a Chiefs break. Dagg ends up scrambling the ball out into touch, but the momentum is all with the homeside. And the crowd are back in the game. Chiefs lineout 10m out.
Claimed by Retallick. 5m out now. Advantage called.
The ball is held up in-goal. Looks like we are coming back for the penalty advantage.
"Be very careful in what you are doing", Walsh tells Read. I think that means 'if you give away another penalty you are going to the bin'.
Great take this time from Clarke at the lineout. Chiefs 4m away now.
Strong defence from the Crusaders. Can they hold out though?
LELIA MASAGA has scored for the Chiefs. He blasted through George Whitelock from 5m out. Good decision making from Craig Clarke to go for the lineout again.
Cruden adds the extras from right infront. Chiefs lead 13-9.
52 MIN - CHIEFS 13 CRUSADERS 9
The game has loosened up now. The Crusaders are right down the other end. Two metres out.
Big test for the Chiefs' defence.
They are holding well. Tenth phase now.
Oh dear. The Crusaders lose the ball. Bit of pushing and shoving now, both sides are heated. But the Chiefs have survived. That was a brutal assault from close range but the Chiefs answered the call.