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Current Super rugby champions the Crusaders host the first Super Rugby Semi-final at their Christchurch home in a titanic battle against the Hurricanes.

The Crusaders finished the regular season 12 points ahead of their rivals but while the Lions finished second, the Hurricanes actually finished the season with the second highest number of points.

  • The Hurricanes have won six of their last nine games against the Crusaders; however, they have never beaten them in the post-season from four previous attempts.
  • Each of the previous 11 all-New Zealand semi-finals in Super Rugby has been won by the hosts on the day.
  • This will be the Crusaders 20th finals game on home soil; they remain undefeated in such fixtures and haven’t conceded more than 13 points in any of their last eight.
  • Only the Crusaders (4) have scored more tries after stealing an opposition lineout than the Hurricanes (3) this season.
  • Michael Alaalatoa has scored a try for the Crusaders in each of his last two games against the Hurricanes; he has scored just one other try in his Super Rugby career.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Christchurch.

3.00: MISS! Jordie Barrett misses an early shot at goal. 0-0

5.00: Richie Mo’unga’s cross-kick is not gathered. Lots of early mistakes by these two quality teams.

9.00: George Bridge breaks down the sideline, but TJ Perenara saves the day with an interception. The ball is cleared and the Crusaders are on the charge, again.

11.00: Jordan Taufua powers his way to the goal-line, but he is eventually halted, and the ball is lost forward. Scrum to the Hurricanes.

13.00: Good scrum from the Canes; they win a penalty, but Barrett can’t find touch, and Gareth Evans is pinged at the breakdown. Lineout on the visitor’s 22.

15.00: TRY! Mo’unga finishes off with a show-and-go and dives in under the sticks. Jack Goodhue started with a break and the Crusaders went through a dozen phases with pick-and-drives before the standoff shrugged off a few tackles to score. 5-0

16.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the two. 7-0

17.00: Mo’unga drops the ball attempting to clear, and the Canes have a scrum inside the Saders 22.

19.00: TRY! Julian Savea has scored, but he might be in touch. The referee and touch-judge awarded the score, and the TMO did not have definitive evidence to not award it. The crowd are not happy, and should not be. He looked out. 7-5

20.00: CONVERSION! Beuaden Barrett levels the scores. 7-all

23.00: The kicking battle begins with both teams looking for territory.

25.00: The Hurricanes are near the Crusaders 22; they are surging forward and have gone through several phases. Perenara’s cross-kick is deflected out by David Havili in to touch. Hurricanes lineout in the red zone.

27.00: The Crusaders come away with the ball and mount an attack all the way into the Canes half. Ngani Laumape is pinged for a high tackle. Sam Whitelock instructs Mo’unga to kick to touch.

28.00: TRY! Matt Todd bounces off three tackles and sets up an attack on the goal-line. Bryn Hall sees Bridge on the touchline and flings a long floated pass to the winger, who takes the ball and steps inside the covering Blade Thomson to score. 12-7

29.00: MISS! Mo’unga pushes his kick wide. 12-7

31.00: Jordie Barrett kicks the ball over the dead-ball line, giving the Crusaders an attacking scrum on their 10m.

34.00: Several phases from Kieran Read’s blindside break, the home team lose possession with a forward pass. That was the best defence by the Hurricanes all evening. They have already shipped 15 tackles.

35.00: The hosts win a scrum-penalty, and Whitelock wants the points this time.

36.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga puts it straight down the middle. 15-7

37.00: Ricky Riccitelli is caught offsides. The Crusaders broke from the restart after Mo’unga – whose been sensational – made a break inside his own half. They go through the phases before winning the penalty.

39.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga slots the kick from underneath the posts. 18-7

40.00: Hall is held up, giving an attacking scrum to the visitors on the righthand side of the field, about 10 metres from the home side’s 22. Canes could use some points here.

42.00: The Hurricanes have gone to the lefthand touchline, then to the right, but they can’t find a gap. It’s been a 12-phase attack.

43.00: The ball is turned over and the Crusaders put it in the stands.

The halftime score is Crusaders 18 Hurricanes 7

George Bridge has equalled Joe Roff, Ngani Laumape, Rico Gear, Taqele Nalyaravoro and Ben Lam’s 15 Super Rugby tries in a season.

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in New Zealand.

44.00: TRY! Havili finishes off a wonderful attack after Nehe Milner-skudder’s poor kick. Goodhue broke, was supported by Read, who is tackled short. Hall gets quick ball and Havili bashes his way over. 23-7

45.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the extras. 25-7

47.00: Jeff To’omaga-Allen is pinged at the scrum. Mo’unga kicks deep into the Canes territory. Joe Moody has been superb, and after only playing 100 minutes in six games all season.

48.00: Big defence by the Hurricanes. Codie Taylor and Taufua are pinged at the ruck giving the visitors a chance to clear. To’omaga-Allen and Toby Smith, in his 100th game, are off for Fraser Armstrong and Ben May.

50.00: The red juggernaut is on the march. They’ve never lost at home to the Hurricanes, other Kiwi opposition, in fact, a team in the history of Super rugby. The Hurricanes have half an hour to salvage this semi-final.

52.00: Wes Goosen is on for Milner-Skudder. Jordie Barrett will move to fullback and Goosen to centre.

53.00: Mo’unga has broken 10 tackles in 11 runs for 15 points including a try. Wow!

57.00: The hurricanes go 16 phases before losing possession inside the Crusaders 22. They receive the clearance-kick and are back on the attack.

58.00: Big defence by Havili and Ryan Crotty.

61.00: The Hurricanes have enjoyed ‘total’ possession and territory, but Mitchell Drummond wins another turnover, stopping the yellow shirts’ attack. The Crusaders have snuffed out every attack, and don’t look like conceding again.

64.00: Crotty and Goodhue have been the rocks of the midfield: nothing is getting past them.

69.00: TRY! Savea stops Todd on the try line, but the ball is recycled quickly before Mo’unga’s cross-kick is collected by Braydon Ennor to dot down. Game over. 30-7

71.00: MISS! Mo’unga misses from wide. 30-7

73.00: TRY? Beauden Barrett breaks is tackled short, but he stretches out and scores(?) under the posts. No, he’s short. It’s a 5m scrum.

76.00: The Crusaders are just seeing this game out, however, they will not let the opposition score some easy points at the death, and are slowly suffocating their guests.

79.00: The Hurricanes have been blown away.

80.00: Time is nearly up.

81.00: Lam is over in the corner after barging through Ennor. He is now the stand-alone record try-scorer in the history of Super Rugby. 30-12

82.00: MISS! Brad Shields can’t add the two in his last game. The forward’s kick is off the post. 30-12

Game over.

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The final score is Crusaders 30 (18) Hurricanes 12 (7)

Scorers

Crusaders
Tries – Mo’unga, Bridge, Havili, Ennor
Pen – Mo’unga (2)
Con – Mo’unga (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Hurricanes
Tries – J. Savea, Lam
Pen –
Con – B. Barrett
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Ben O’Keeffe
TMO: Shane McDermott

Teams

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Jordie Barrett, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.

Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen.

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