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    Crusaders vs Hurricanes

    Super Rugby, 25 May, 2018

    AMI Stadium
    Fulltime - Crusaders 24, Hurricanes 13
    Crusaders   Hurricanes
    24 FINAL SCORE 13
    3 TRIES 1
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Angus Gardner
    Touch judges: Ben O'Keeffe & James Doleman
    TMO: Aaron Paterson

    The Crusaders and Hurricanes will slug it out for the number one spot in Super Rugby as these two high flyers clash in Christchurch to kick off Round 15. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 5:25pm (AEST).

    This is the glamour tie of the whole round as the best two teams in this year’s competition go up against each other for the second time. In Round 4, the Canes took the honours and dished out one of the two losses the Crusaders have suffered this season.

    Both sides have some serious momentum behind them and it’ll be fascinating to see how each of them goes about trying to break the other down. There is going to be some serious talent on the same field in this match with the Canes’ backline looking incredibly strong.

    The news that the Wellington side had to bring in a new centre pairing might have momentarily got a few Crusaders fans wondering if this would present a weakness for their team exploit. However, that thought wouldn’t have lasted long once they read that the new pairing was Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape and that the other rejigging in the Canes three quarters will see a back three of Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea and Ben Lam.

    That is some serious firepower and all being conducted by the maestros Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara.

    Up front, the Canes will also be excited to welcome back Brad Shields and Michael Fatialofa, who will bring some important grunt and power up front. If the forwards can give Perenara and Barrett quick, front-foot ball then the Crusaders will find it very hard to keep the Canes out.

    Things will even harder for the home side as a result of missing some of their key talent including Tim Perry, Owen Franks and Ryan Crotty while super sub Manasa Mataele (third highest try scorer in the competition this season) is missing through injury too.

    In the past couple of weeks, the Crusaders have had to work harder than they might have expected to get their wins. Their comeback against the Waratahs two weeks ago was definitely an impressive performance but you can’t help but feel that if they give the Hurricanes a 29-point lead, the Wellington side will not fail to kill off the game like the Sydneysiders did.

    Interestingly, the reigning champions have made things harder for themselves this year so far with more yellow cards (nine) than any other side and do risk losing their number one spot on the overall ladder to the Hurricanes in this game. If the Canes can get over the top of them then they will not only take the top spot, but will also still have a game in hand over the Crusaders putting them very much in the driving seat for the rest of the regular season.

    If this game lives up to the hype than it is going to be an absolute belter. The bookies can’t split them but here at The Roar we’d made of sterner stuff!

    The Crusaders are reigning champs and current competition leaders for a reason and have won games in all sorts of situations this season. However, the amount of firepower that the Canes have both up front and in their backs, combined with the fact that Beauden Barrett will be in charge, gives the Wellington side the edge in this clash.

    Hurricanes by 8.

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    • 12:06pm
      JP Bogers said | 12:06pm | ! Report

      I backed the Saders to win by less than 12 being home ground and weather… Also my home team… I didn’t expect the win tho. RM and Goodhue my standout backs… The forwards new what to do.

    • Roar Guru

      Kia Kaha said | 10:45pm | ! Report

      Valuable win for the Crusaders. Hard luck Digger & co. The Crusaders were outclassed in the backs in Wellington. This time it was the Hurricanes outclassed in the forwards. Considering how many frontline players they were missing in the pack, that’s a huge achievement. Will Crockett be persuaded out of retirement for the French series?

      Suddenly that extra game for the Hurricanes doesn’t look like such a big advantage. It’s all about building momentum for the finals after the disruptive international break but you don’t want to be playing more games than the other teams.

      Crusaders play the Chiefs away next week before going into the international break. Come away with a win there and then they play the Highlanders and Blues at home after the break.

      The Hurricanes, on the other hand, play the Highlanders away. Then after the break they play the Brumbies away, the Blues at home and the Chiefs away.

      I’d rather have the Crusaders’ fixtures. The Highlanders could easily spoil the party as well as the Chiefs. The Blues are experts in spoiling other teams’ finals aspirations when they have none of their own. The question is for whom…

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 10:36pm | ! Report

      Full Match Report
      The Crusaders have strengthened their grip on the number position in Super Rugby competition by defeating the Hurricanes 24 – 13 in a very wet affair in Christchurch.

      So many of us were excited at the prospect of this game – the top two teams in the competition coming head to head in what promised to be a circus of great attacking rugby. However Mother Nature saw an opportunity to mess with our plans and opened up the clouds over Christchurch. The rain really had a big impact on the game with both sides struggling to keep control of the wet ball in the opening stages.

      This was reflected in the fact that it took 20 minutes for either team to trouble the scorers. There were three Barretts on the pitch but the unlikely first scorer was big Scot who slid in for the Crusaders first score. It was a sign of things to come as the Crusaders put on a very professional and wise performance where they often kept the ball tightly up their forwards shirts and just kept rolling on.

      The Hurricanes fought back with a couple of penalties but despite some good periods of possession in the Crusaders 22 towards the end of the first half they couldn’t cross the white line. At the half time break the tight scoreline of 7-6 to the Crusaders was a fair reflection – neither side had really dominated and both were very much still in the match.

      The second half saw the Crusaders really pull away though and the way they did it – with simple, straightforward, controlled rugby – should remind everyone in the competition that these guys have a number of arrows in their quiver and it’s going to take a special performance to undo them.

      They really squeezed the Canes in the second half and for huge periods of time they were camped out in the visitors 22. The Canes tackled hard and kept finding ways to escape but they couldn’t keep this up forever and when they buckled the Crusaders struck – first with Ala’alatoa and then with a nice try from #8 Bedwell-Curtis.

      Throughout this season the Hurricanes have always seemed to have another one or two gears that they could rely upon to allow them to pull away from their opposition. But on this wet evening their wheels were just spinning in the mud. Any possession they did have they could not capitalise on and they rarely created any genuine chances in the second half.

      It wasn’t an easy game to watch in many ways and while the conditions played a part for sure the refereeing really didn’t help. The sound of the whistle being blown was heard far too often and it meant the game really staggered along for some periods.

      One particular match up that was interesting was how well Mo’unga performed against Beauden Barrett. The incumbent All Blacks #10 really had little to no impact on the game while Mo’unga was impressive in the way he controlled the game. There’s been plenty of debate about who is the understudy to Barrett – McKenzie or Mo’unga. Well both have been performing well this year Barrett is going to need to make sure that today was one of those rare quiet days otherwise there are two strong contenders right behind him.

      The Hurricanes still have a game in hand over the Crusaders but the challenge of winning the Kiwi conference just got a lot harder for the Wellington side.

      • Roar Rookie

        ChrisG said | 10:06am | ! Report

        The win was even more impressive considering the Crusaders had 8 All Blacks on the sideline. With all of those back they’ll take some beating this year.

    • 8:30pm
      MH01 said | 8:30pm | ! Report

      Well down crusaders . My money was on the canes .

    • Roar Guru

      Ralph said | 7:58pm | ! Report

      Thank you everybody, thank you very much.

      We’ll be here every weekend until the final.

      Thanks for coming.

      .. Canes by plenty they said ..

      • 8:09pm
        Ed said | 8:09pm | ! Report

        The Saders pack were fantastic, and they were missing four starting ABs, along with Crotty.

      • 9:01am
        Diggercane said | 9:01am | ! Report

        Can’t be right all the time 😉

    • 7:37pm
      Julz said | 7:37pm | ! Report

      I really thought Mo’unga still got a lot to go before becoming an All black, but after watching this he sure is ready to be Beaudens back up come World Cup, esp that pivotal number 22 on the bench.

      Good game nonetheless from the Crusaders point of view, but the conditions kinda ruined a good attacking game of rugby.
      Now this could easily be the Final, the same teams, in the same venue, with the same conditions, Crusaders will be repeated Champs.

      • 7:53pm
        Ed said | 7:53pm | ! Report

        The finals draw won’t allow it to happen. If they both win their quarter-finals, they will face in the semis.

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      Danny said | 7:30pm | ! Report

      In a game properly refereed this would have been close. Gardner ruled so many marginal calls against the Canes and missed a heap of Crusader indiscretions. And I’m a 30+ year Crusaders guy. 13-7 penalty count against the Canes ridiculous. And that was after the traditional late match penalty even-up so many 3rd rate refs indulge in when a game is lost. Ruined what should have been a quality spectacle.

      Only a handful of refs I’d trust to manage a RWC final and this clown certainly isn’t one of them.

      • 7:38pm
        Internal Fixation said | 7:38pm | ! Report

        As a long time Gardner watcher I completely agree.

        He chokes when big calls need to be made and puts the whistle away.

        The best ref in world rugby is Joubert who got hung out to dry by home union cronies at the last RWC.

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          Wally James said | 7:42pm | ! Report

          Agree regarding Joubert. However he is long gone to 7s. There is no clear no 1 now I think. Maybe Peyper. Certainly not Jackson or “look at me” Owens. Perhaps Barnes. Open slather for a new generation of refs for 2013.

      • Roar Rookie

        Kirky said | 9:54pm | ! Report

        Danny! you said it mate he was pedantic as all hell, and I’m Crusaders supporter, ~some of his calls were ridiculous to say the least!

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      Oliver Matthews said | 7:29pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      80‘ – The Crusaders have beaten their arch rivals, the Hurricanes by 24 to 13 in a very professional performance in wet conditions in Christchurch.

      Sadly it never lived up to the hype before the game as a result of terrible rain that made handling very difficult from the first to the final whistle. But the Crusaders were the ones who adapted better and their forwards really dominated the Canes.

      The Canes kept trying to play with ball in hand but thanks to a combination of solid Crusaders defence and far too many handling errors they never really threatened the Crusaders for long enough.

      Mo’unga was impressive and was by far the better #10 on display today with a great game of control. With his pack taking control and him guiding the team around the pitch well, the Crusaders showed how to win in the wet.

      The Hurricanes still have a game in hand over the Christchurch team but their quest for #1 spot just got a lot harder.

      Crusaders: 24
      Hurricanes: 13

      • Roar Guru

        Ralph said | 7:59pm | ! Report

        She’s a miserable old night in ChCh,

        EXCEPT we beat the Canes so the whiskey is flowing!

    • 7:28pm
      Cantab said | 7:28pm | ! Report

      Good thing Jordie put those two high shots in otherwise we wouldn’t have seen him all game.

      That final try to the canes could be huge for the conference!

    • 7:26pm
      Diggercane said | 7:26pm | ! Report

      Congrats to the Crusaders and their fans, brilliant performance considering the personal unavailable.

      Really dissapointing effort from the Canes, discipline terrible, tactics dreadful for the conditions, with AB halves no less, really, really poor. Rubbish.

      • 7:28pm
        Fionn said | 7:28pm | ! Report

        I really rate Mounga as a man for the future.

        It’d be cool if M Alaalatoa came back to Aus, but we only have ourselves to blame if he becomes an All Black.

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          Kirky said | 9:10pm | ! Report

          Fionn! Ala- ala- toa is a Kiwi and there’s no way he’ll come from the Crusaders to any of the Australian Conferences, why would he? ~ What he should do is talk his Brother into heading home also!

          And as far as Alan is concerned, he has a good chance of making it to All Black status, ~ he hasn’t yet, but the way he played today suggests he’s not far off, and he is in the best Team environment going around, with possibly the top Provincial team playing the game in the Crusaders!!

          • 9:43pm
            Fionn said | 9:43pm | ! Report

            He’s a Kiwi despite being born in Sydney, growing up in Australia and first playing for the Waratahs?

            How exactly is New Zealand “home”?

            Did you think that comment through before you posted it?

            Also, it is Michael Alaalatoa that plays for the Crusaders – Allan plays for the Brumbies LOL.

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              Kirky said | 10:01pm | ! Report

              Fionn, get your jugs out of that tangle, I wouldn’t know what either Brothers name is and I care less, but the fact their parents are very likely Kiwis makes their blood black mate! ~ they don’t need to apply for Citizenship even! LOL to you also!

              How’s the crowds in Canberra mate? ~ just wondering!

              • 10:04pm
                Fionn said | 10:04pm | ! Report

                You couldn’t care about the name of the person you’re talking about? Did you think that comment through?

                You didn’t say that they were Kiwi citizens, you said that New Zealand was home for him. Prove it. Also, I don’t think that he is a New Zealand citizen, is he? He wasn’t eligible for the All Blacks until this year.

                So New Zealand is at the point where they need to nab Australian players? I thought New Zealand had the best coaching and talent systems in the world? Guess not according to Kirky…

                Not sure what that last comment has to do with anything?

              • 9:35am
                moaman said | 9:35am | ! Report

                To be fair Fionn due to the bs rules you have in Oz…being born in Aus doesn’t make him an Australian citizen either according to your government.
                It is sad (scandalous?) that people all around the world can be turfed out of a country after living there for fifty years (U.K,USA eg) or denied equal rights by virtue of having kiwi parents (Aus).

                IMO a guy born and raised in Oz should only have one country to play for…and they wear yellow not black.

      • 7:28pm
        KiwiHaydn said | 7:28pm | ! Report

        ABs 10s seem to be lacking that game management currently. Hopefully BB can pick up his game a bit.

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          The Neutral View From Sweden said | 9:34pm | ! Report

          BBBBB had a shocker but he did not get much help from his pack either.

          Big brother Scott was by far the best Barrett today..

          • 9:46pm
            Fionn said | 9:46pm | ! Report

            This is the Barrett we saw in 2017 when the Canes played the Chiefs twice and when they played the Crusaders the first time, as well as in games 2 and 3 vs the Lions.

            He isn’t the same man when his pack is getting beaten and he has to manage the game as opposed to show off his attacking brilliance.

            Still think that Hansen should have backed Cruden as 10 and Barrett as 15. At this point I think he should go for Mounga at 10 and Barrett at 15, although I suspect I will be told I don’t know what I am talking about by a lot of Kiwis for saying that.

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              The Neutral View From Sweden said | 9:51pm | ! Report

              Tend to agree Fionn. When the pressure is on, it is probably wiser to play Barrett as a fullback. And who knows, Mo’unga looks very promising, but what a huge call it would be to switch your starting ten (and double WPOTY) less than 18 months before the World Cup.

              • 9:54pm
                Fionn said | 9:54pm | ! Report

                Yeah, it isn’t ideal, I admit. But I think that 18 months is long enough, and the French series is a good opportunity to give him a shot.

                9. Smith, 10. Mounga, 11. Ioane, 12. SBW/Laumape, 13. Goodhue, 14. Smith, 15. Barrett, 21. Perenara, 22. Crotty, 23. McKenzie/J. Barrett is what I would love to see, but I don’t think it will happen.

                What would have been ideal was if Cruden had stayed. But I guess Shag made clear he backed Beauden, and he knows more than I do.

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                The Neutral View From Sweden said | 10:02pm | ! Report

                Will be very interesting to see how many minutes Mo’unga will get against the French. He impressed me more and more.
                And kudos to you (again) Fionn. Both Mo’unga and Goodhue you hyped long before the “mainstreamers” here at the Roar. You have a good eye for talent.

            • 9:40am
              moaman said | 9:40am | ! Report

              BB is not the five-eighth Cruden was; and he is not a 10 to run a team around a wet paddock like we saw from Mo’unga last night.
              As a broken play attacking player he is pretty well peerless but the wet and heavy pitch last night cancelled out those qualities and we were left with an average performer.

              Cruden, circa 2013/14 was head-and-shoulders the best 10 going around.He attacked the line square on with ball held out in front and his combination with SBW was incredible.Injuries and the advent of BB-mania ( you still hear commentators and media gushing) supplanted him…..

              • 10:07am
                Diggercane said | 10:07am | ! Report

                What a pointless comparison. Cruden was clearly done come 2017, his lack of input in the Lions series telling to me. No question his quality as a player but to overlook his time playing with a settled and arguably best centre partnership in Nonu and Smith, led by one Mccaw not to mention the quality of the Chiefs pack astounds, the AB record would have been dented over that period without BB influence who was clearly the best 10 in 2016.

                It’s all subjective of course but he made his choice, no one else. Might as well complain that Carter got too old while we are at it and blame that on the coaches too.

                In saying all that, Mounga is certainly exciting, he continues to impress and I don’t think it is inconceivable he could be the front runner come Tokyo.

              • 12:02pm
                Fionn said | 12:02pm | ! Report

                This is a different tone to most of your posts 😊. Wasn’t the only test the All Blacks won the one in which Cruden spent most of the match at 10?

                He didn’t have any input the rest of the series as he was on the bench from memory?

              • 10:30am
                Lion Brown said | 10:30am | ! Report

                There is a wee bit of cherry picking of facts here – sure injuries had taken a toll – however to say he was done and had no influence in the lions series is not factual, unless you want to skip game 1

                I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that the best the ABs looked and their best result of that series was when Cruden played and ran the backline for the majority of the game – my reading of that series was Hansen saw little value in employing what was clearly his best combo when Smith went down (AC at 10, BB at 15) when that wasn’t going to an available option come the w-cup – up until his injury AC was first choice and it was well known Hansen was a huge fan – so if he’d decided stay there would have been a decent chance he would have been in with a good chance of reclaiming his spot

                BB is a great player but he’s not a controlling 10 and nothing over the last couple of seasons indicates he’s improved in that area – as an AB fan I’m more than happy that RM has stepped and is improving because going into the w cup with just BB brought us back to pack a bit – RMs form last night is a big plus

              • 11:05am
                Diggercane said | 11:05am | ! Report

                Fair enough, I can see your point but I don’t think it is cherry picking to point it out at all given the second and third tests, though I also think there is a tendency to not give the Lions enough credit also.

                Completely agree with RM, going into any tournie with just one option at 10 is a risk, as 2011 showed, hopefully Macca can also provide further ammo.

              • 11:25am
                Lion Brown said | 11:25am | ! Report

                How much game time did Cruden get in test 2 and 3 … didn’t he come on late in both ??

                Anyway given he’s gone we were in need of finding a decent counterpoint to BB and it’s looking as though RM is that player

              • 12:26pm
                Diggercane said | 12:26pm | ! Report

                From memory, 20 in the second, 15 in the third? Certainly didn’t help closing those games out.

                Anyway, Mounga is very exciting and may just be starting come next year given his rate of improvement.

                Trying something new Fionn 😂

              • 1:08pm
                Ed said | 1:08pm | ! Report

                Oh for us Australians to discuss our options at flyhalf! I’d take one the equivalent of a DM or RM.

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

        I’m afraid it’s these types of situations that underline question marks against Perenara’s and Barret’s composure and decision making when under pressure. I wouldn’t want to see either in a really tight world cup final.

        • 8:00pm
          adam smith said | 8:00pm | ! Report

          Agreed, Cruden may not have had the “physical attributes” of Beauden, but was a far superior “game manager”. I have an uneasy feeling anytime any opposition applies some heat to Beauden. Only uneasy feeling I got with Cruden, was when he was kicking. I think Hansen may have placed his chips on the wrong player.

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            Kirky said | 9:44pm | ! Report

            Adam Smith! you obviously haven’t seen too many top 1st fives operate as Barrett would, and has done bury Cruden as a first five’, as good as Cruden is he’s not in the same league as B.Barrett who can work miracles as we’ve all seen, and his expertise in steering any team around the Park is in the main superb!

            He didn’t become Player of the Year in World Rugby two times by just having a flash name!

            Forget todays game, it was played in shocking weather which made it not at all conducive for the playing of good rugby as we all saw.

            Slippery ball, slippery surface, made it extremely difficult particularly for the coming together of the two best teams playing the Provincial game, both of whom have an almost complete game and I in fact was looking forward to this game hoping it would be a good day etc, so we could see two brilliant backlines canceling each other out, so it ended up a typical rain affected spectacle by keeping the ball in close to the forwards mainly, as spinning wet balls from player to player when it’s raining heavily is courting disaster!

            It was a game that could have gone either way and it was just a case of who got in first with the points.

            Apart from the weather, the only other worrying aspect was Angus Gardner as Referee, he was awful, very pedantic and made it worse as a spectacle than it was possibly by his consistent bad display!

            The Hurricanes played badly really and didn’t deserve to win as the boys in red and black played the better wet weather rugby, no doubt about it!

            My boys the Crusaders won and that’s all I need to worry about, but a dry day and it no doubt would’ve been a totally different ball game!

            • 1:27am
              adam smith said | 1:27am | ! Report

              Whoa?! Know-it-all-Kirky playing the man aye? So sorry I offended you. Nope haven’t seen many, only playe Rugby for 33 years & counting. Played NPC 1st division, New Zealand Maori colts, Taranaki development squad…nope, didn’t play or see many good first fives there. Your opinion is just that an opinion, as is mine, & I am just as entitled to it as you. Like I said, for mine, Cruden is a far superior game manager who, doesn’t need excuses such as, “wet weather, slippery ball, conditions” to absolve his weaknesses. Tell me, who has a superior “win/loss” record when in the All Black team? Who has won more super Rugby titles?

              • 2:55pm
                moaman said | 2:55pm | ! Report

                @ adam smith;
                Wasting your breath I feel.People have different expectations of a 10 obviously.
                My biggest beefs with BB are the way he turns side-on to the defence ( thereby putting undue pressure on his 2nd 5 ) and his apparent reluctance to use a tactical kicking game when conditions dictate it.
                Otherwise he is a wonderful player.I see I incurred the usually mild Digger’s wrath (above) by comparing him to Cruden of five years or so ago but prior to Aaron C’s knee injury (?) he was shaping up as our best 10 (after Carter) in over 50 years.

              • 3:45pm
                adam smith said | 3:45pm | ! Report

                I think you’re right Moaman, on all your comments. Beauden is a phenomenal player for sure, very talented family. BB reminds me a lot of King Carlos, tremendously gifted but maybe a bit naive in his game management. And definitely a shame when injuries curtail a career, I was definitely happy with Crudens progress. And in saying that, I think Beaudy has time on his side to mature as a play maker.

        • 9:08am
          Diggercane said | 9:08am | ! Report

          No, they are both capable match winners.

          The issue is the tactics employed, this is easily seen across the games and stubbornly intended, especially the exits, midfield bombs from the 22, frustrating given the tactics and the forwards are always behind, it’s just dumb play and I struggle to understand why it continues to be employed after several results against the Crusaders and Chiefs in recent seasons.

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        The Neutral View From Sweden said | 9:32pm | ! Report

        Agree Digger, that was very far from vintage Canes rugby. Do you reckon they are out of form a bit? Been a while since we saw some really solid rugby over 80 minutes from the Canes.

        • Roar Rookie

          Kirky said | 9:49pm | ! Report

          Wet weather I’d say as neither team went that well and the Hurricanes are better than that and because of that, I’d imagine those very poor performing Hurricanes will ”sweat” plenty this upcoming week at training!

          • Roar Guru

            The Neutral View From Sweden said | 9:57pm | ! Report

            Wet weather?!? Like it never rains in Wellington? Last week it rained way more when the Saders played the Blues and that match was of much higher quality.

            Pretty sure the Canes train “hard” enough already. I don’t think they can “force” a change with brute power (it would probably make it worse). To me, they lack rhythm, cohesion, balance, and purpose. The combinations don’t click.

            • Roar Rookie

              Kirky said | 10:12pm | ! Report

              Sweden! And what would you know you ‘ray of sunshine’, you’d argue black was white and vice versa just to annoy people,!

        • 9:04am
          Diggercane said | 9:04am | ! Report

          Strange to say Viking given their record but to my eye they are heading in the wrong direction.

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      80‘ – And as the final hooter sounds the Saders are in full control and Mo’unga punts the ball into touch to bring the game to an end.

      Crusaders: 24
      Hurricanes: 13

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      79‘ – It is raining harder and harder as the packs go down and the Saders squeeze the Canes hard.

      The Saders have their forwards set in a pod and they will just run down the clock here with a few slow rucks.

      Crusaders: 24
      Hurricanes: 13

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