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    Hurricanes vs Crusaders

    Super Rugby, 15 July, 2017

    Westpac Stadium
    Fulltime - Hurricanes 31, Crusaders 22
    Hurricanes   Crusaders
    31 FINAL SCORE 22
    4 TRIES 3
    4 CONVERSION KICKS 2
    1 PENALTY GOALS 1
    0 DROP GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Glen Jackson
    Touch judges: Brendon Pickerill & Angus Mabey
    TMO: Glenn Newman

    Match result:

    The Hurricanes have handed the Crusaders their first and only Super Rugby loss of the home and away season, winning by 9.

    Final score
    Hurricanes 31
    Crusaders 22

    Match preview:

    The Hurricanes and Crusaders are set for a titanic Kiwi derby at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Join The Roar for live scores and blog from 5:35pm AEST.

    It’s the final round of the regular season and both sides are desperate for the points. The Hurricanes are looking to consolidate 5th position to book a trip to Canberra for a showdown with the stuttering Brumbies.

    The Crusaders, meanwhile, will be keen to maintain their unbeaten record and top spot to pencil in a home grand final, should they make it that far.

    There’ll be an embarrassment of riches on show with returning All Blacks sprinkled through both lineups. The Savea and Barrett brothers all start for the Canes, while Scott Barrett is the odd one out in Canterbury colours.

    At the time of writing, bookies have the Hurricanes installed as favourites at home, showing little respect for the quietly efficient table-toppers. The home side will take some stopping, however, with a potent backline including joint top try-scorers, Ngani Laumape and Vince Aso, equal on 14.

    It’s shaping as a cracking battle in midfield, with Crusaders number 12 David Havili second on the tackle bust chart. Expect some big collisions.

    Prediction
    Last time out, the Crusaders did the business, winning 20-12. Whatever happens in Wellington, you can bet it’ll be close. Both sides are immensely talented and tenacious. There’s sure to be a bit of leftover frustration from the Lions series to be exorcised too. Should be a treat for the neutrals.

    I’m backing a draw.

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    • Roar Guru

      7:40pm
      Charlie Lawry said | 7:40pm | ! Report

      MATCH SUMMARY

      The Hurricanes have derailed the Crusaders unbeaten season with a hard-fought 31-22 win in Wellington on Saturday.

      The first shock came prior to kick-off, with news that Beauden Barrett was ruled out for the Hurricanes. He withdrew due to illness, while Vince Aso also pulled out during the warmup.

      It prompted a major reshuffle for the home side, who brought Otere Black into flyhalf and Wes Goosen onto the wing. Jordie Barrett was forced into the centres and Nehe Milner-Skudder went to fullback.

      The last-minute changes clearly disrupted the Canes who were caught on the hop by a slick Crusaders outfit, who came into the clash as the only undefeated side in the competition. The visitors dominated early, wreaking havoc at scrum time and allowing flyhalf Richie Mo’unga to send Seta Temanivalu over for two simple tries.

      Down 12-0 in quick time, the Hurricanes dug deep and clung to the contest. With the help of a favourable penalty count, they got a foothold through a Jordie Barrett try. Some strong metres from Ngani Laumape got them on a roll. Barrett then ran a good angle onto Otere Black’s short ball and showed too much pace for the cover defence.

      The momentum ebbed and flowed, but the Crusaders gradually lost their grip on proceedings, unable to stem the tide of penalties.

      The second-half was all action, with quickfire tries to Julian Savea, Wes Goosen, and Vaea Fifita for the Canes, while the Crusaders only struck back through Dagg.

      Perhaps the biggest impact came from Barrett, however, who kicked 5 from 5, nailing several shots from the sideline. It kept the home side ahead in a frenetic second term and showed impressive composure after the pre-game musical chairs. His penalty with two minutes to go put the Hurricanes out to a crucial 9-point lead and ended the Crusaders resistance.

      The reward for the Hurricanes is a ticket to Canberra not Cape Town, which will be a massive relief for them.

      Meanwhile, the Crusaders will be bitterly disappointed. They now face the Highlanders in the first week of finals and risk losing their top spot to the Lions overnight. That last point could be a major factor if both teams make it through to the big dance.

      HURRICANES 31 (J. Barrett, J. Savea, Goosen, Fifita tries, J. Barrett 4 conv, 1 pen goal) CRUSADERS 22 (Temanivalu 2, Dagg tries, Mo’unga 2 conv, 1 pen goal)

      • 8:25pm
        Baylion said | 8:25pm | ! Report

        Saders only play the Highlanders if they finish 2nd, otherwise they play the Sharks

    • Roar Guru

      7:36pm
      Charlie Lawry said | 7:36pm | ! Report

    • 7:18pm
      Debz said | 7:18pm | ! Report

      Great win to the Canes 🙂 wish I could get to Canberra next weekend!

    • Roar Guru

      7:18pm
      Charlie Lawry said | 7:18pm | ! Report

      Thanks for your company on the blog today. Really tough game, classic NZ derby. The match summary will be up shortly.

    • Roar Guru

      7:17pm
      Charlie Lawry said | 7:17pm | ! Report

      FULL-TIME

      The Hurricanes looked dead and buried early on but they fought back through some mistakes and ill-discipline by the Crusaders. A lopsided penalty count definitely helped the home side. But credit to the Hurricanes who will be wrapping Jordie Barrett’s boot in cotton wool during the week. He didn’t miss a kick all night.

      Hurricanes 31 – 22 Crusaders

      • 7:31pm
        Canetragic said | 7:31pm | ! Report

        New All Blacks kicker

    • 7:17pm
      Pinetree said | 7:17pm | ! Report

      Ah bummer. Congratulations to the Hurricanes fans. Now we need the Sharks to defy the odds and bite off a chunk in the Lions.

      • 8:38pm
        Diggercane said | 8:38pm | ! Report

        Hard luck Pine, still the best Kiwi side overall mate!

        Bring on the finals!

    • 7:16pm
      riddler said | 7:16pm | ! Report

      great game..

      well done both teams but congrats to the canes for the win..

      congrats digger..

      tks for the call charlie..

      • Roar Guru

        7:37pm
        Charlie Lawry said | 7:37pm | ! Report

        Thanks mate. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

      • 8:40pm
        Diggercane said | 8:40pm | ! Report

        Cheers riddler

        WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

        Great blog Charlie, party on! 😜

    • 7:15pm
      Sylvester said | 7:15pm | ! Report

      Wow. One bad game and the Crusaders have pretty much thrown their season away.

    • Roar Guru

      7:15pm
      Charlie Lawry said | 7:15pm | ! Report

      FULL-TIME

      Pick and drive stuff in tight as the Canes wind it down. The hooter sounds and Perenara kicks into touch. Big win for the Hurricanes.

      Hurricanes 31 – 22 Crusaders

    • 7:14pm
      riddler said | 7:14pm | ! Report

      great ball and all tackle by jordie..

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