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    Crusaders vs Hurricanes

    Super Rugby, 13 May, 2017

    AMI Stadium
    Fulltime - Crusaders 20, Hurricanes 12
    Crusaders   Hurricanes
    20 FINAL SCORE 12
    1 TRIES 0
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Jaco Peyper
    Touch judges: Michael Fraser & Cam Stone
    TMO: Glenn Newman

    Match result:

    The Crusaders have edged out the Hurricanes in a very well contested affair in front of a sold out crowd.

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    Final score
    Crusaders 20
    Hurricanes 12

    Match preview:

    Two Super Rugby title aspirants face off tonight as the Crusaders play the Hurricanes in a match that promises to be a very high-quality affair. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm AEST.

    The unbeaten Crusaders and defending champion Hurricanes will face a major test of their title ambitions Saturday when they meet in the 12th round of Super Rugby.

    The Christchurch-based Crusaders are unbeaten in 10 matches and sit atop the New Zealand conference while the Wellington-based Hurricanes are in third place with eight wins from nine games, separated from the Crusaders by the Hamilton-based Chiefs who have nine wins from 10 games.

    Both the Crusaders have strolled through recent matches and Saturday’s encounter marks a considerable step up in intensity for both teams with only five regular-season rounds remaining before the playoffs.

    Matches between New Zealand teams which dominate the tournament standings have been the best in Super Rugby this season and Saturday’s clash at Christchurch is likely to see another increase in standards.

    The intensity in New Zealand derbies remains unrivalled throughout Super Rugby, and with All Blacks jerseys on the line, every player will be keen to leave a great impression in a bid to wear the famed All Blacks uniform.

    The Hurricanes and Crusaders are both playing outstanding attacking rugby this season – the Hurricanes lead the tournament with 63 tries – and that will likely lead to an eager battle for possession.

    Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett has been superb in guiding his team’s attacking play and he looms as the greatest threat to the Crusaders’ unbeaten record. Their ability to limit the tactical threat of Barrett’s kicking game will go a long way to deciding the outcome.

    The Crusaders have gained a new lease on life this season under rookie head coach Scott Robertson. After wretched starts to recent seasons, they have begun this year with an unprecedented winning streak.

    But while they have easily won recent matches against inter-conference rivals – beating South Africa’s Bulls 62-24, Cheetahs 48-21 and the Stormers 57-24 in their last three matches – they have been less comfortable against New Zealand opponents. The Crusaders needed remarkable come-from-behind performances to beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders and Auckland-base Blues early in the season.

    Their attack has developed in recent weeks and they have been formidable even in the absence of several leading players.

    Both teams will be without their regular captains on Saturday. Crusaders’ captain Sam Whitelock is under-suspension and his teammate, All Blacks captain Kieran Read is injured while the Hurricanes will be without Mark Coles, who is recovering from a concussion.

    As is the case with every New Zealand derby, this contest should go down to the wire. The Crusaders at home will be keen to prove a point against the reigning champions. Whitelock and Read are big absences however for the Crusaders. With that said, the Crusaders, like all New Zealand teams, possess plenty of depth and should compete well enough to secure a very tight win at home.

    Crusaders by 5

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    • 5:42am
      Playerfromwayback said | 5:42am | ! Report

      I can’t state enough how much I enjoyed this game! It really was the “Clash of the Titans” type match. Credit where credits due, the Saders put on a defensive masterclass and their scrum was immense! I was waiting for that magic moment from BB……… but it never came. Each sides game plan was noticeably different too, taking the penalty kicks raised my eyebrows! Such a pleasure to watch this game, what a spectacle it was!???

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      System of a Downey Jr said | 7:46pm | ! Report

      Great game to watch as a ‘neutral’ (as neutral as a Chiefs supporter can get!)

      Crotty had a great game and cemented that starting 12 spot in the ABs for the Lions tour. That’s exactly what the ABs need in the white hot cauldron atmosphere.

      Crusaders can defend all day and their forwards particularly convinced far more on attack than the Canes did. I feel that the saders might be the only NZ team that can defend the lineout maul.

      Beauden didn’t get an opportunity to show the magic, he was swamped all day but also was guilty on not stamping his authority on the game.

      A lot of nerves early on and I don’t think I’ve seen so many turnovers given by the saders in such a short amount of time. But then again when was the last time you saw so few line breaks from the canes? Let alone no tries?!

      I suspected the crusaders would shut them down and it’s pleasing to see NZ teams engaged in a tough battle with lots of defence.

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      Jokerman said | 7:43pm | ! Report

      TJ was possessed!! “They did very well at set piece” Sounded as if he was talking about his team…but perhaps he was talking about the ‘Saders. A bit boyish but maybe didn’t understand how to see his forwards get beaten and then talk about it. Set piece killed them oh….and the mist…and away from home.

      Dry track, at home with Coles and a different ref….and then we’ll see what happens!! No excuses though ‘Sader were too good tonight and executed their strengths far better. They’ve also got Read, Whitelock to return.

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      Nobrain said | 7:39pm | ! Report

      With no quality ball BB looks like an average flyhalf. Crusaders fowards were awesome .

      • 7:47pm
        Old Bugger said | 7:47pm | ! Report

        Absolutely NB….not so much quality but go forward…..

    • 7:39pm
      Faith said | 7:39pm | ! Report

      The Canes were out-BB’d and out rush defensed. These Saders seem to be finally free of McCaw-Carter-Blackladder … also this game was a showcase of Nz innovation – forwards playing like backs … J Barrett in the lineout …

      • 7:46pm
        Old Bugger said | 7:46pm | ! Report


        The funny thing is – I really thought that BB did nothing tonight and I don’t know whether that was, a game plan or not.

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        Jokerman said | 7:46pm | ! Report

        McCaw, Carter all good I think you can really start to wonder about Blackadder. ‘Saders won five titles maybe more with Carter McCaw and not Blackadder. Zero with Blackadder.

        They look like ‘Saders of old

    • 7:36pm
      ThugbyFan said | 7:36pm | ! Report

      I think the 2 most interested spectators will be Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones. This is the blueprint that the Lions (and England later) will bring to the AB. Build forward pressure with massive defence and always in their face at breakdowns, kill them in the lineouts, ensure your field kicks are always contested and have an IC who can act as a another flanker; you thus cut off the pill to the Barrett boy et al and minimise broken play. Then watch the opposition fall apart with outrageous desperation. The big question is: Are the Lions or England good enough to plays Canturbury’s game?

      All I can say is its nice to know them Kiwi players are human after all. Two examples: Thank gawd it wasn’t an Aussie hooker throwing those horrible balls in the ‘Cane’s lineouts. TPN come home, you are not the worst lineout tosser in SR. Also witness the 70th minute, 3 passes along the ‘Cane’s line from TJ.Paranara to ground, skilled receiver catches ball on the bounce and passes almost straight to ground, again receiver takes ball on the bounce and passes which AGAIN hits ground before receiver. This time the winger knocks it on.

      Many thanks to Alan for his great blog and commiserations to the Digger Man. Today it wasn’t ‘Canes by plenty!

      • 7:44pm
        Old Bugger said | 7:44pm | ! Report


        Some very good points you mention but you have to understand, what’s happening within the NZ SR conference, does not necessarily reflect, what will happen within the AB environment.

        With that in mind, I would suggest that this may be, the only response(s) that are available to Gats and his team. The concern will be, that such an effort, needs to be maintained for 80 mins and with the same fervour, as it was at the 1st minute.

        • 7:49pm
          ThugbyFan said | 7:49pm | ! Report

          Agree with you there OB, I honestly don’t think the Lions can maintain that sort of tight pressure for the whole 80 minutes. And as the WB found out last year, you may play really good rugby for 60-65 minutes and put the AB under pressure but that 15-20 minutes of loose play will kill you.

          This game was a great match. Loved it. Both sides have massive talent. 🙂

    • 7:35pm
      davSA said | 7:35pm | ! Report

      Considering the Crusaders have just travelled from SA and also considering the quality of opposition this was sensational.

    • 7:32pm
      RedandBlack said | 7:32pm | ! Report

      Nothing changes – you can still win up front and if you do you will take the choc’s. Happy Happy joy joy.

    • 7:28pm
      Old Bugger said | 7:28pm | ! Report

      Congrats Marius…..a tough encounter and hopefully, a few bruised players before they fly to Fiji and become ensconced, in the “Bula Vinaka” welcome. Oh, and of course, a Chiefs side that has had an extra week, to recover. Great game…..tough side to beat at home and a full house, supported that outcome. Well done but…….next week will be a different story.

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        Machooka said | 7:31pm | ! Report

        YEP… well done Marius 🙂

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          Machooka said | 7:38pm | ! Report

          Oops Kia…. my bad.

          Nice day in Barcelona-Catalunya eh??

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            Kia Kaha said | 7:50pm | ! Report

            Cloudy in Madrid Chook. But hitting 30 this week for Madrid’s celebratory week.

            Great tussle and glad to come out with a hArd fought win. Off to Suva now for another huge game.

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          Marius Ciliers said | 7:39pm | ! Report

          Thx Chook ?
          Them Canes didnt make it easy.

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        Marius Ciliers said | 7:32pm | ! Report

        I hear ja OB.
        Looking forward to it,Saders are used to winning now,are playing for each other and will remember last years game in Suva against the Chiefs.
        So i’m betting it will be another cracker of a game.
        Its the Sader Guantlet.
        Be blessed OB.

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