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Crusaders too strong for Hurricanes in warm up

The Crusaders ended their Super Rugby warm ups on a high

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Article Published: Friday 14 February 2014

The Crusaders completed their Super Rugby warm ups with a 41-15 hammering of the Hurricanes in Levin on Friday.

The Hurricanes scored three tries in the first half to take a 14-15 lead at half time through tries from Beauden Barrett, Marty Banks and Ben Franks.

In the second half however the Crusaders took control and scored 27 unanswered points and winger John McNicholl going over for a hat tries while forward Jordan Taufua scored twice in the final quarter.

The Crusaders kick their Super Rugby season off next weekend at home against the defending Champion Chiefs while the Hurricanes fly out on Saturday to South Africa as they kick off the season in Durban against the Sharks.

Final Score Crusaders 41 (14) Hurricanes 15 (15)


Tries : Johnny McNicholl 3, Jordan Taufua 2, Willie Heinz
Cons : Tom Taylor 2 cons, Tyler Bleyendaal 3
Pens :

Tries: Beauden Barrett, Marty Banks, Ben Franks
Cons :
Pens :



1 Wyatt Crockett ,2 Ben Funnell ,3 Owen Franks ,4 Luke Romano ,5 Dominic Bird ,6 George Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd ,8 Luke Whitelock, 9 Willi Heinz , 10 Colin Slade ,11 Nafi Tuitavake , 12 Tom Taylor, 13 Ryan Crotty (Captain) ,14 Johnny McNicholl ,15 Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Tim Perry,18 Nepo Laulala,19 Samuel Whitelock , 20 Richie McCaw, 21 Andy Ellis , 22 Tyler Bleyendaal , 23 Rob Thompson, 24 Zac Guildford, 25 Reynold Lee-Lo , Jordan Taufua


1. Ben Franks,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Mark Abbott,6. Adam Hill,7. Jack Lam,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Alapati Leiua,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Cory Jane,15. Marty Banks,

Replacements : 16. Motu Matu’u,17. Ash Dixon,18. John Schwalger,19. Brendon Edmonds,20. Chris Eves,21. James Broadhurst,22. Mark Reddish,23. Blade Thomson,24. Faifili Levave,25. Ardie Savea,26. Callum Gibbins,27. Chris Smylie,28. Billy Guyton,29. James Marshall,30. Hadleigh Parkes,31. Cardiff Vaega,32. Julian Savea,33. Nehe Milner-Skudder,34. Andre Taylor

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