Hurricanes centre Reynold Lee-Lo scored a brace of tries as the Hurricanes beat the Crusaders 38-17 in a Super Rugby warm up match on Friday.
Counties-Manukau midfielder crossed the line twice and also had a hand in three of the Hurricanes four first half tries.
Around 2000 fans attended the match who witnessed the Hurricanes outscored the Crusaders by six tries to three.
The Crusaders opened the scoring when fullback Tom Marshall went over after 10 minutes for a 5-0 lead.
Five minutes later the Hurricanes hit back by scoring two quick tries by Reg Goodes and Richard Buckman which put them in a 14-5 lead.
Prop Joe Moody added the Crusaders second try when he was pushed over the white-wash to make it a 2 point match at 14-12.
The Hurricanes however pulled away with further tries to Chris Smylie and Ope Peleseuma which gave them a 28-12 lead at half time as fullback Andre Taylor had kicked all four conversions.
Lee-lo scored all of the Hurricanes points in the second half while Crusaders replacement winger Telusa Veainu scored a consolation try.
The match has no bearing on the Super Rugby standings but as the two teams face each other in the final regular season round the Hurricanes will have earned a small psychological advantage from the result.
Final Score Hurricanes 38 (28) Crusaders 17 (12)
Tries : R. Lee-Lo 2, R. Goodes, R.Buckman, C. Smylie, O. Peleseuma
Con : Andre Taylor 4
Tries : T.Marshall, J. Moody, T.Veainu
Con : T.Taylor
1. Reg Goodes,2. Ash Dixon,3. John Schwalger,4. Blade Thomson,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Karl Lowe,8. Brad Shields,9. Chris Smylie,10. James Marshall,11. Matt Proctor,12. Ope Peleseuma,13. Reynold Lee-Lo,14. Richard Buckman,15. Andre Taylor
Replacements : 16. Timo Tutavaha,17. Ben May,18. Mark Reddish,19. Jason Eaton,20. Callum Gibbins,21. Mike Coman,22. TJ Perenara,23. Samisoni Fisilau,24. Nehe Milner-Scudder
1. Joe Moody, 2. Ben Funnell ,3. Nepo Laulala ,4. Jimmy Tupou ,5. Tom Donnelly ,6. George Whitelock (c) ,7. Shane Christie ,8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Willi Heinz ,10. Tom Taylor ,11. Zac Guildford ,12. Ryan Crotty ,13. Robbie Fruean ,14. Adam Whitelock ,15. Tom Marshall
Replacements : 16. Matt Holloway 17. Marcel Cumming-Toone 18. Adrian Barone 19. Jordan Taufua 20. Andy Ellis 21. Tyler Bleyendaal 22. Telusa Veianu 23. Kieron Fonotia 25.Joel Everson 26. Matt Symons