Canes not good enough to hold off Saders




This was a live score update  





The Hurricanes have something of a reputation for stopping the Crusaders and many will be hoping that the Crusaders will be exposed this week. A quick look over the stats however indicates that the Crusaders should remain unbeaten this weekend.

Friday March 28
Venue :
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees : Keith Brown (New Zealand), Josh Noonan (New Zealand)
TV Match Official : Kane McBride (New Zealand)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Kim Eichmann (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 15, Crusaders 11, Hurricanes 3, Drawn 1
In Wellington: Played 6, Crusaders 4, Hurricanes 2
Last season: Round 12, April 20 2007: Crusaders 23-13 Hurricanes at Jade Stadium, Christchurch


Match Detail


We are waiting for the kick off.


2.00: The Crusaders wasted no time in getting started as Richie McCaw stole a ball and passed to Corey Flynn who scored a try in the second minute.


3.00: The Try was converted by Dan Carter.


7.00: Richie McCaw seems to be struggling with a hand injury as he attempts to catch a high ball and it goes straight through his hands.


10.00: The Crusaders give a penalty away so Steve Walsh tells Jimmy Gopperth he can have a kick at the posts. The kick however goes to the right.


17.00: The Crusaders pile on the pressure just 5m out from the Hurricanes try line and the Hurricanes give away too many free kicks which eventually become a penalty.


19.00: Dan Carter takes the penalty kick and it’s a good one. Three more points for the Crusaders.


31.00: The Crusaders give another penalty away and Jimmy Gopperth slots the Hurricanes first points.


33.00: Ali Williams gets a very lucky bounce of the ball from a grubber kicker by Mose Tuiali’i. The ball popped straight into his hands – he runs about 5 more metres to score the Crusaders second try.


34.00:  Dan Carter converts the the try.


38.00: The Crusaders continue to giev penalties away and again Jimmy Gopperth takes a shot at goal and misses.


40.08: The Siren goes – there’s enough time for a scrum bit the ball is kicked out – it’s half time.


The Half time Score was Hurricanes 3 Crusaders 17


42.00: The Hurricanes scored the first points of the second half as they change kicker. Piri Weepu takes the shot and is succesful.


44.00: Jerry Collins gives a penalty away for a high (dangerous) tackle. Dan Carter takes the kick from way out and just as Gopperth’s kicks stayed out this one does too.  


48.00: The Hurricanes give another penalty away and again Dan Carter takes the shot at goal – this time he is succesful.


54.00: Andrew Hore looks to have scored a try but it was created by bit of Rodney So’oialo foul play so ref Steve Walsh calls them back.  


57.00: The Hurricanes make an interesting change by replacing Piri Weepu with Alby Mathewson. Weepu took over the kicking duites at half time.


62.00: After 20 free kicks and 14 penalties Steve Walsh tells both captains that he wants the game to clean up and tells them he is in “penalty mode”.


65.00: Dan Carter gets bungled in a tackle and goes down. He struggles with the injury. He looks to be going off.


66.00: Mose Tuiali’i gives away a penalty and gets a yellow card for an offense.


67.00: Andrew Hore scores a try for the Hurricanes. Jimmy Gopperth goes for the conversion and it curls in.


71.00: The Crusaders give away their thirteenth penalty so Jimmy Gopperth takes another shot at goal but it hits the posts.


76.00: Mose Tuiali’i comes back on for the Crusaders.  


79.00: Leon MacDonald takes a shot at goal for a penalty that was awarded to the Crusaders. He missess.


80.00: The siren goes and the Hurricanes try to keep the ball alive but they are pushed backwards and into their try area.


82.00: The Hurricanes kick the ball out to secure the losing bonus point.


The full time score is Hurricanes 13 Crusaders 20





Tries – Andrew Hore

Pen – Jimmy Gopperth , Piri Weepu

Con – Jimmy Gopperth



Tries – Corey Flynn,Ali Williams

Pen – Dan Carter (2)

Con – Dan Carter (2)
Cards – Mose Tuiali’i (yellow)




15 Cory Jane, 14 Ma’a Nonu, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Shannon Paku, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo (c), 7 Chris Masoe, 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Neemia Tialata 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.

Reserves: 16 Hikawera Elliot, 17 Tim Fairbrother, 18 Jeremy Thrush, 19 Scott Waldrom, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 22 Hosea Gear.


15. Leon MacDonald, 14. Scott Hamilton , 13. Casey Laulala ,12. Tim Bateman ,11. Kade Poki , 10. Daniel Carter , 9. Andrew Ellis , 8. Mose Tuiali’i , 7. Richard McCaw (captain), 6. Kieran Read , 5. Ali Williams , 4. Brad Thorn , 3. Greg Somerville , 2. Corey Flynn ,1. Ben Franks

Reserves:16. Ti’i Paulo , 17. Wyatt Crockett ,18. Michael Paterson ,19. Nasi Manu ,20. Kahn Fotuali’i , 21. Caleb Ralph , 22. Sean Maitland.

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