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Hurricanes beat Crusaders in Christchurch

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Article Published: Thursday 27 March 2014|

The Crusaders will start this match with a record of having won just two matches this season and the Hurricanes start with a record of winning one match this season.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Hurricanes kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The Hurricanes make an explosive start and Alapati Leiua gets into space on the wing and they almost get through but he loses the ball.

2.00: The Hurricanes have a penalty so they kick for touch. They win the line out and start their attack.

3.00: The Hurricanes get good quick ball on the Crusaders 22. They continue to attack and get to the 5m line.

4.00: The Crusaders have to absorb 16 phases of attack in their 22 but then the Hurricanes knock on. We go back for a penalty.

5.00: Beauden Barrett will kick for posts with the penalty. He nails the shot and the Hurricanes lead.

8.00: It's all the Hurricanes. Again they go through the phases on attack and then they go over. A bit of a fight starts up before we go to the TMO. Tensions are high. We go to the TMO to check if another try has been scored. The try is awarded to Faifili Levave. Julian Savea made the initial break and Levave got the ball from a knock back by Nafi Tuitavake.

10.00:Barrett takes the conversion and the Canes lead by 10.

11.00: Missed tackles so far Crusaders 5 Hurricanes 0. Possession for the Hurricanes is at 89%.

12.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes for not rolling away. They kick for touch.

14.00: We have a break for an injury to an Hurricanes player - Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen. He goes off for a concussion test.

15.00: The game resumes with a scrum which has to be rest a couple of times.

16.00: The Hurricanes eventually win the scrum start their attack from inside their half but they concede a penalty. Tom Taylor signals that he will kick for posts.

17.00: Tom Taylor nails the penalty and slots it as Colin Slade gets some medical help.

18.00: The Hurricanes continue to attack in the Crusaders 22. And they after several phases TJ Perenara goes over for the second Canes TRY!

20.00: Barrett slots the conversion. It's been all the Hurricanes so far.

22.00: The Crusaders win a penalty, they take the quick tap and Ryen Crotty runs and then kicks and Johnny McNicholl chases the ball, gathers it scores. TRY!

24.00: Taylor slots the conversion. The Crusaders are back in this but they have lost Kieran Read to an injury.

28.00: The Hurricanes continue to keep the pressure on. Johnny McNichol gets caught in his 22 and has to kick the ball out. He slices it so the Hurricanes have a line out just outside the Crusaders 22.

30.00: The Hurricanes are dictating the pace of the game and the Crusaders are battling to keep up. They are however getting up to speed and starting to cope.

31.00: The Crusaders attack down the wing but they lose the ball and the Hurricanes grab it and attack. They pass the ball back and Colin Slade scoops up a loose pass and the Crusaders have the ball 5m out. They go wide and McNicholl goes over in the corner but we have to go to the TMO to check the grounding. The TRY is awarded.

32.00: Tom Taylor misses the conversion and the Crusaders trail by two after having no ball.

35.00: Colin Slade is tackled in the air by Beauden Barett so the Crusaders have a penalty. They kick for touch and the line out.

36.00: The Crusaders win the line out but then lose the ball on attack. The Hurricanes kick upfield and the Crusaders get the ball back to attack again.

37.00: The Hurricanes suck up the Crusaders attack and force a knock on. The Hurricanes have a scrum on their 22m line.

38.00: Penalty from the scrum for the front row collapsing. Taylor will take a shot at the posts.

39.00: Taylor slots the penalty and the Crusaders lead.

40.00: The siren sounds so Ellis puts the ball into touch. It's half time.

The half time score was Crusaders 18 Hurricanes 17

The Crusaders kick off and we are underway.

42.00: The Hurricanes get the perfect start as the ball gets to Julian Savea from a Crusaders long pass and he runs a little, chips the ball ahead, chases and scores. TRY! Hurricanes lead again.

43.00: Barrett takes the conversion and nails it.

47.00: The Hurricanes go back on the attack and Blade Thomson gets tackled 5m out but he gets the ball away and it goes to ground and Julian Savea gets it and scores. The TMO however rules that the ball is passed forward so no try.

51.00: The Hurricanes are playing the game in the Crusaders half. The Crusaders have had net to no ball so far in the Hurricanes half.

54.00: The Crusaders get some attacking ball. They work the ball into the Hurricanes half thanks to a run from Nemani Nadolo who shrugs off three tackles. They get into the Hurricanes 22 but they lose the ball.

55.00: The Crusaders get the ball again on attack in the Hurricanes 22. Tom Taylor almost gets through to score but they recycle fast and Colin Slade goes over to score. TRY!

57.00: Tom Taylor takes the conversion kick from almost the touchline. He misses so the Canes still lead.

59.00: The Crusaders are really starting to step up now. They start their attack and Dagg slips through but the Hurricanes just catch him. The ball is then turned over. The Hurricanes are under the pump a bit now.

61.00: The Crusaders get the ball to the Hurricanes 5m line but they concede a penalty. Barrett kicks for touch to clear and relieve some pressure.

62.00: Ardie Savea comes on for Blade Thomson.

63.00: Penalty to the Crusaders in the Hurricanes 22. Andy Ellis gets some attention as Tom Taylor lines up for the penalty kick.

64.00: Taylor slots the penalty and the Crusaders lead again.

67.00:The Hurricanes win a scrum in their half and they send the ball out to Savea but he is stopped instantly by Nadolo. The Hurricanes keep the ball alive and work the ball into the Crusaders half. They win a penalty so Barrett will kick for posts about 50m out.  

69.00: Barrett takes the kick but it's short. The Crusaders kick the ball into touch but it doesn't go out and the Canes attack. They get into the Crusaders 22 but chip ahead and Nadolo kicks the ball out.

72.00: The Hurricanes attack in the Crusaders 22 and Nepo Laulala is caught offside so Barrett has a much easier penalty chance. However he slices it.

73.00: Ardie Savea sends a pass out to Alapati Leiua inside the Hurricanes half. He runs all the way to the line beating several defenders and scores. TRY! Bonus point.

74.00 : Barrett misses the conversion.

76.00: Penalty to the Crusaders for a high tackle. After some discussion Taylor decides to kick for posts. He misses and Barrett kicks the ball into touch.

77.00: The Hurricanes win the ball from the line out and they will now look to hold on to the ball.

78.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes for hands in the ruck. Barrett kicks for touch.

79.00: The Hurricanes mess up the line out so the Crusaders get a scrum.

80.00: The siren sounds and the scrum completes. The Crusaders start to build up their attack. They win a penalty and take the quick tap but they are in their own half.

81.00: Andy Ellis loses the ball and the Canes kick the ball out.

The Hurricanes win.

The full time score is Crusaders 26 (18) Hurricanes 29 (17) 


Tries - J.McNicholl 2, C.Slade
Pen - T.Taylor 3
Con - T,Taylor
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - F.Levave, TJ Perenara, J.Savea, A.Leiua
Pen - B.Barrett
Con - B.Barrett 3
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2: Kane McBride
TMO: Chris Wratt



1. Wyatt Crockett,2. Ben Funnell ,3. Owen Franks,4. Luke Romano,5. Samuel Whitelock,6. Luke Whitelock,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (c),9. Andy Ellis ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Johnny McNicholl ,12. Tom Taylor ,13. Ryan Crotty (vc),14. Nafi Tuitavake ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacements :16. Codie Taylor ,17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Nepo Laulala,19. Dominic Bird,20. Jordan Taufua,21. Mitchell Drummond ,22. Kieron Fonotia ,23. Nemani Nadolo


1. Ben Franks,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Blade Thomson,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua,15. Andre Taylor

Replacements :16. Ash Dixon,17. Chris Eves,18. John Schwalger,19. Mark Reddish,20. Ardie Savea,21. Billy Guyton,22. Matt Proctor,23. Marty Banks

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