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Super Rugby leaders the Crusaders held on to the top spot in the standings and maintained their perfect record after beating the current champion Hurricanes 20-12 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

The two teams will meet again this season in the final round when the Hurricanes host the Crusaders in Wellington for the return match.

The Crusaders scored the only try of the match as they kept the Hurricanes tryless for the first time since February 2014 when the Hurricanes failed to cross the line in Durban against the Sharks.

The Crusaders are the only remaining unbeaten team this season and after 11 matches they are also the first team to reach the 50 point mark in the standings.

The Hurricanes are third in the New Zealand Conference behind the Chiefs who have a bye this weekend.

The Crusaders victory was built on their defence and nullifying the Hurricanes key players Beauden Barrett and Jordie Barrett on attack.

The Crusaders 11 straight wins is only matched in Super Rugby history by the 2002 Crusaders squad.

There was much expectation before kick off that the match would be a tryfest given that the teams had collectively scored 120 tries in the run up this season but Matt Todd scored the only try of the match from a rolling maul.

Scoring in the match started with a Crusaders penalty from Richie Mo’unga in the 11th minute but then the Hurricanes took the lead with two penalties from fullback Jordie Barrett.

Mo’unga added a further two penalties which put the Crusaders into a 9-6 lead and just before half time Barrett added his third penalty to level the scores at half time.

Todd’s second half try put the Crusaders into a 14-9 lead and although Mo’unga failed to add the conversion he added a penalty which had the hosts 8 points ahead at 17-9.

Barrett closed the gap a little to 17-12 in the 60th minute before Mo’unga added his final penalty in the 73rd which meant the Hurricanes would have to score twice to win the match and the Crusaders tightened their already rock solid defence.

Super Rugby gets no easier for the Crusaders as next week in Round 13 they play the Chiefs in Suva , Fiji while the Hurricanes host the Cheetahs at home in Wellington.

Final Score Crusaders 20 (9) Hurricanes 12 (9)

Scorers

Crusaders
Tries – M.Todd
Pen – R.Mo’unga 5
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Hurricanes
Tries –
Pen – J.Barrett 4
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Cam Stone
TMO :Glenn Newman

Teams

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks, 4. Luke Romano , 5. Scott Barrett , 6. Pete Samu, 7. Matt Todd (C), 8. Jordan Taufua, 9. Mitchell Drummond , 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Seta Tamanivalu, 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Quinten Strange , 20. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21. Bryn Hall, 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. Manasa Mataele

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves

Replacements : 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Ben May, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Toa Halafihi, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Wes Goosen

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