LIVE COVERAGE: Crusaders vs Hurricanes

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Tonight we’re at the Crusaders vs Hurricanes match at Trafalgar Park.

6:36pm crowds have begun to filter into the stadium. Nelson band URBAN are playing sideline.

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Nerissa Leach and Joanne Sketcher have brought their dinner along in order to nab a good spot on the embankment.

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7.20pm: the teams are warming up as the temperature drops and the game is about to begin. Trafalgar park is packed with sell out seat tickets.

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7.30pm The Horsemen circle the field in the build up to tonight’s match.

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7:40pm: The game begins as Richie McCaw leads the Crusaders out of the tunnel and onto the field.

8.10pm: The first try of the game was scored by Nelson player Mitchell Drummond. Extending the Crusaders lead to 16:3 with the successful Daniel Carter conversion.

8:15pm: The Crusaders are still in the lead at half-time 16:8.

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8:45: German visitors Anne Hagemamm, Linda Hermanns and Laurin Faust are attending their first game of rugby.

“We’re trying to follow along the best we can,” says Linda. “We don’t know the rules though.”

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9:10: Crusaders take out the game 35:18 with fans screaming in celebration.