Ref stops the messy play to call a scrum. Great attacking opportunity for the Crusaders.
This time the penalty goes to the Stormers. Illegal binding by Owen Franks.
We are 12 minutes in and it has been a shocking start. Penalty after knock on after scrum. Lets hope both teams can quickly find some quality.
Heinz kicks for the Crusaders after seven messy phases and Stormers thump one straight back.
Now Todd makes good progress running wide.
But the Crusaders have turned the ball over once again.Stormers up to the 22 now.
Good buildup now from the Stormers. Five metres out.
They go wide from de Villiers but the Crusaders defence holds strong.
Todd turns the ball over and kicks it downfield. The chase is on.
The ball ends up 5m out from the Stormers line and the Crusaders quickly turn it over.
The Crusaders have about seven cracks at the line but can't get it over. Incredible break from the Crusaders then heroic defending from the Stormers.
Crusaders have the penalty and look like they are choosing not to shoot at goal.
They have decided to go with the scrum from 5m out. They may be thinking pushover scrum.
Read takes it off the back of the scrum. Stormers stand strong.
Dagg has a crack now but can't make it.
Finally the Crusaders knock the ball on. Matt Todd the offending party. More great defending from the Stormers.
Penalty Crusaders! This time they are going for the lineout drive from 5m. Another great chance.
Whitelock brings it in. Crusaders just metres away now.
Can the Stormers hang on? Surely not.
Crusaders into their eight phase.
Crotty makes good progress but can't quite do it.
Finally the ref call an 'unplayable'. The Crusaders attack ran out of ideas there. They kept running straight into a Stormers brick wall. Tremendous defence.
Penalty given against Owen Franks for holding back Schalk Burger.
So the Stormers somehow do survive. Catrakilis fires the penalty away into touch. Must be encouraging for the Stormers defence who have held out the Crusaders from close range twice now.
26 minutes in and it's still Crusaders 3 Stormers 0
Crusaders on the charge again now. But once again they knock it on.
Todd drove the ball up over the 30m mark but lost the ball forward. Stormers scrum.
Most of the pressure at scrum time has come from the Crusaders and this is no different.
Crusaders earn possession and now Corey Flynn drives hard 20m out.
What a rollercoaster of penalties and knock-ons. Conditions are good but the hands are not.
Ten minutes till halftime now and penalties continue to dominate. It's been a tale of attack v defence really. Crusaders not looking like breaking the Stormers down and the Stormers not looking like scoring themselves.
Stormers with a rare attack now. Burger smashes it up 25 metres out.
I hope so Macdawg, I really do.
Injury break now as Nic Groom recieves treatment for the Stormers. Crusaders will restart with a lineout deep in their half.
Crusaders hurry a clearance into touch. Stormers with a great attacking chance from the lineout now.
They have the rolling maul working well. Five metres out now.