As disappointing at that was for Brumbies fans, you've got to commend the Crusaders. They lost three starting players in the first 20 minutes, but they out-muscled the Brumbies at the contest.
I can see the training schedule written by Brumbies forwards coach Laurie Fisher this week. Scrum, lineout, scrum, lineout ... and repeat. The Brumbies were terrible at the set-piece. They gave away two penalties with the own scrumfeed and two of the crusaders' three tries came after they'd turned over their own lineout throw.
Things will get interesting for the Brumbies next week too, when they take on old coach Jake White and his Sharks at Canberra Stadium. The Sharks are top of the ladder and it will be a real litmus test of where the Brumbies' season is at.
Thanks for joining me.
Siren goes with the Brumbies in possession. But, as has been the story of the match, they turn the ball over. That'll do it, Crusaders win 40-20
78m: That's a simple try to Pat McCabe for the brumbies, the fresh man against the tiring Crusaders defence. He's in, under the posts, for a converted try. Crusaders lead 40-20
77m: The Crusaders have three minutes to play fore a fourth try bonus point. The Brumbies are playing to try and save face. The scoreline is now a little embarrassing, especially considering the adversity the Crusaders have had.
73m: The Brumbies set-piece lets them down again, turning the ball over on the lineout. From the ensuing play the Crusaders pounce, Luke Whitelock toeing through a loose ball to score out wide. Willi Heinz takes over the goal-kicking and converts from the sideline. Crusaders lead 40-13.
72m: Once again the Brumbies throw away a chance when they've got the Cruaders under pressure. The Brumbies are lacking the finishing touches, but a lot of it has to do with the desperation of the Crusaders defence.
70m: The Crusaders, hindered by injury, have been courageous in this one. They deserve to win, have been dominant.
67m: The Crusaders are going to have to hold on to this lead with a man down. Luke Romano has just been sin-binned for repeated infringements by the Crusaders. You'd think the lead is too big for the Crusaders at this stage ...
66m: There's good news for the Brumbies - Kuridrani seems to be running freely. No more good news to report for them at this point.
64m: Brumbies on the attack, but it's another turnover at the breakdown. Gee the Crusaders are tough in that area.
62m: Kuridrani is limping with what looks to be a hamstring injury. He's staying out there, but for how long?
61m: The Brumbies get a penalty 5m out but there's no way they'll take the scrum option given how it had performed today.
60m: The Brumbies are on the attack, but the Crusaders can afford to give away penalties within range. The Brumbies need tries.
57m: More of the same. Read as above. Crusaders dominate breakdown. Brumbies conceded penalty. Slade kicks penalty goal ... it's becoming repetitious. Crusaders lead 33-13.
55m: The Brumbies showed signs of turning this around in the opening minutes of the second-half, but things have since resumed as they were in the first half. The Crusaders are dominating with their physicality at the breakdown. It forces another penalty from the Brumbies. Thankfully, Slade is starting to miss his shots. That's two misses in a row
That's how costly a turnover can be. An inspirational dive from Crusaders second-rower Sam Whitelock to charge-down a kick from Matt Toomua, then Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo pounces on the loose ball to sprint away for a 40m try. Slade finally misses, but that's a huge blow to the Brumbies' chances. Crusaders lead 30-13.
51m: The Brumbies are letting themselves down in the set-piece. They've conceded two penalties from their own scrumfeeds and now they've just lost a lineout on their own throw.
49M: The Brumbies have blown a golden opportunity there. A terrible pass from Nic White from the breakdown, just 2m out from the line. It forces a knock on and the Crusaders are let off the hook.
47min: The Brumbies scrum is owned again. They'll be thanking their lucky stars there's only been three scrums this game, because they've conceded penalties on two of them. Slade kicks his sixth penalty goal of the game. Crusaders lead 25-13.
46min: A rare lapse from Slade tonight, fumbles on the attack and lets the Brumbies off the hook. This game is right back on, especially with the injuries to the crusaders.
42m: The Brumbies have burst out of the block. Some great lead up by Kuridrano and Coleman, but it's some short balls by Toomua and Mowen that set up the try to Stephen Moore. Lealiifano converts. Crusaders lead 22-13
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder on the injuries to his team: "The ground's really heavy, but the boys are full of energy". Look out Brumbies! We're back underway.
The Crusaders have astonishingly lost three players to injury in the first half: flanker Matt Todd, centre Kieron Fonotia and replacement forward Tom Taylor. despite that, they've tenacious at the contest. Richie McCaw's influence on this team is astounding.
That was a costly try for the Brumbies after the half-time siren. Despite losing the physical contest at the breakdown in the first half, with Brumbies were still in the match at 15-6. But a 22-6 deficit is a big one to chase down. The Brumbies look to have the goods out wide, but they're not laying the platform in the forwards first.
40min: Try to McNicholl. The video referee was checking on a potential lifting tackle against Jordan Smiler in the lead-up, it didn't get beyond the hoizontal. The Brumbies only have themselves to blame for letting that one in. A nothing chip kick from Jesse Mogg on the half-way handed over possession to the Crusaders and they punished the Brumbies by putting it through the hands. It resulted in McNicholl going over in the corner after several phases. Slade, ever reliable, converts from the side. Crusaders lead 22-6
40min: The half-time siren soujds in the background, but the crusaders finish the half with a flurry. It looks like Johnny McNicholl has gone over for a try, but the video referee is looking at play in the background.
37min: Scott Fardy penalised at the contest, hands in the ruck. The game is pretty scrappy at the breakdown. Slade will get another penalty shot, this time from 41m out and to the left of the posts. His radar is on today. That's five penalty goals for him. Crusaders lead 15-6
35min: His hands are responsible for stealing so much ball, it's good to see McCaw finally lose the ball in attack. Even this contest up a little.
32min: Penalty against the Crusaders at the breakdown, illegally using hands in the ruck. It's out wide on the left-hand side of the field, so that brings Nic White back to the kicking tee. It looks as though White will kick from the left and Lealiifano from the right. White converts. Crusaders lead 12-6
30min: The Brumbies are getting dominated at the breakdown, there's another turnover when they're on the attack. It's McCaw again. What a difference he makes to this team
26min: Well the first scrum didn't turn out well for the Brumbies, they were dominated there and give away the penalty. Slade gets another opportunity for a penalty goal, this time from 40m out. It's no problem for the sweet striker. Crusaders lead 12-3.
25min: The game is halted for a bit as Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett gets some bandaging on his thigh. If the Brumbies hang in, injuries could cost the Crusaders late.
25min: We're 25 mins in and this is the first scrum of the game. Wow, front rowers will think the game's gone soft!
25min: Both teams are showing a desire to throw the ball around, but there's been too many errors when the opportunities present themselves.
22min: Advantage played, with McCaw infringing again at the breakdown. Lealiifano takes over the kicking duties for this one. on the right side of the field. It's about 30m out. But he pushes it and it's away to the right.
19min: The injuries aren't holding the Crusaders back. They're dominating field position and the Brumbies are giving away penalties to hold on. That's another easy penalty goal for Slade. Crusaders lead 9-3
17min: That'll do it. Tom Taylor gets his head in completely the wrong place, trying to tackle Christian Lealiifano. Taylor is being taken off with concussion.
16min: The Crusaders are going down like tenpins. Todd Taylor, who came on as a replacement, is down in back-play.
15min: McCaw pushing the boundaries at the breakdown, penalised. Brumbies half Nic White steps up to the tee for this one and lands it from long distance. Crusaders lead 6-3.
12min: The Crusaders fumbled, but it's a penalty for offside. Slade can throw it over fr5om here. Crusaders lead 6-0.
10min: The Brumbies on the attack again, but Crusaders forced another turnover. Who else, but McCaw, turning over Brumbies captain Ben Mowen. The Crusaders boot immediately downfield and have the Brumbies on the ropes.
9min: The Crusaders look determined to test Jesse Mogg under the high ball, but the Brumbies fullback has been up to the task so far.
5min: That's great pressure by the Crusaders. They steal the ball, and grubber ahead, Brumbies winger Joe Tomane left to clean up on his own line. But he's forced to concede a penalty. a lovely kick by Colin Slade to give the Crusaders the lead, 3-0.
4min: Crusaders get a relieving penalty. But that was some sweeping and attractive play by the Brumbies. They move the ball through the hands to Tomane on one wing, the next play it swung back to Robbie Coleman's side.
2min: That's an early blow for the Crusaders. Flanker Matt Todd limping off with what looks to be an ankle injury. Will enable Richie McCaw to take up his usual place at #7. Not a bad replacement.
1min: This is old school rugby. You get so used to watching games in prime time under lights that I had to ask myself what those dark things were stretching across the field. It's shadows from afternoon sun.
Good to see the Brumbies walking out to the ground on time. They're bus was stuck in traffic on the way to the stadium ,aking them almost 30 minutes late. Let's hope it doesn't affect their start.
And here's who's running out for for the home side.
CRUSADERS: Israel Dagg, Johnny McNicholl, Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty (capt), Nemani Nadolo, Colin Slade, Andy Ellis, Luke Whitelock, Matt Todd, Richie McCaw, Sam Whitelock, Dominic Bird, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Corey Flynn, Tim Perry, Nepo Laulala, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Willi Heinz, Tom Taylor, Nafi Tuitavake
Let's take a look at who's playing today.
Here's who'll be taking the field for the ACT.
BRUMBIES: Jesse Mogg, Joe Tomane, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Robbie Coleman, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen (c), Jarrad Butler, Jordan Smiler, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Scott Sio. Reserves: Josh Mann-Rea, Ruan Smith, Ruaidhri Murphy, Jack Whetton, Tom McVerry, Michael Dowsett, Andrew Smith, Pat McCabe.
Howdy, and thanks for joining me as the ACT Brumbies take on the Crusaders in their round 12 match, from 2.35pm in Christchurch.
As far as Super Rugby Rivalries go, it doesn't get much bigger than this.
The Crusaders have won a record seven championships but, between them, the Crusaders and Brumbies featured in every grand final between 1997-2006.
Of course, they squared off in three grand finals between 2000-04, when the Brumbies won two of their titles.
But it's a big ask to go to Christchurch and win - the Brumbies haven't beaten the Crusaders on their home turf since 2000.
The crusaders will be boosted by the return of the inspirational Richie McCaw from a thumb injury, but that's leveled out by the withdrawal of Kieren Read with concussion.
The Brumbies last tackled the Crusaders in round 12 last year - coming off second best in a 30-23 loss.
Let's see if they can fare a little better this afternoon.