Crusaders hammer Hurricanes


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This was a  live score update – Full report to follow.



The last time these two teams met in a Super 14 play off it was the 2006 Super 14 final – yes the one we all missed because of that fog.

AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Saturday May 24
(Australian match officials)
Referee: Stuart Dickinson
Assistant Ref 1: Matt Goddard
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Marks
TMO: Geoff Acton
Head-to-Head: Played 16, Crusaders 12, Hurricanes 3, Drawn 1
In Christchurch: Played 9, Crusaders 7, Hurricanes 1, Drawn 1
This season: Round 7, March 28: Crusaders 20-13 Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium, Wellington


Note: As expected Rodney So’oialo has been ruled out so Chris Masoe will play at No.8.



Match Detail


0.00: We are waiting for the kick off.

0.01: The match kicks off in a cloud of smoke after some fireworks. No, thankfully it’s not fog again.


2.00:The Hurricanes take an early lead as Zac Guildford scores from a Dan Carter kick being charged down. They go upstairs to check and the Tv refs says yes it’s a try.


3.00: Piri Weepu snuffs the conversion.


4.00: Dan Carter slots a penalty kick after the Hurricanes gave away a penalty which means the Crusaders are just tow points adrift.


11.00: The Crusaders have started to speed up the game as they move the ball from side to side and put several phases together. Eventually as they get the ball near the Canes line there is a knock on. Ti’i Paulo comes on for Corey Flynn.


12.00: Kade Poki shows promise with a great kick and run down the line.


15.00: After a sustained period of dominance Dan Carter slots another penalty to put the Crusaders into the lead.


17.00: The Crusaders again work the ball up to the line and metre by metre they get closer until the Crusaders get a free kick 5m out.


19.00: The Hurricanes  win the scrum  and the game is held up for an injury break.


23.00: The Crusaders are completely dominating the match but the Hurricanes are doing an excellent job of keeping them out.


25.00:  Zac Guildford gets a verbal warning for a late shoulder tackle on Dan Carter.


26.00: Again the Crusaders go on the attack and again the Hurricanes defend.


27.00: After a scrum the Crusaders swing it wide but a Canes hand gets to the ball and knocks on.


28.00: So far the Hurricanes have spent 1 minute in the Crusaders 25 while the Crusaders have spent 25 minutes in the Hurricanes 25. Confused ? Heh.


32.00: There is a moment of advantage for the Canes so Ripia has a drop goal attempt but misses and we go back for the penalty.


33.00: Piri Weepu takes the penalty kick from in front of the posts and slots it to put the Hurricanes back into the lead which is really against the run of play.


38.00: The Crusaders go on the charge and eventually the Hurricanes defence cracks and Leon MacDonald scores the first Crusaders try behind the posts.


39.00: Dan Carter slots an easy conversion.  


40.03: The siren goes for half time. They play on – both teams get a turn to counter-attack. There is a free kick to the Hurricanes and they run it from the half way line.


41.52: It gets turned over by the Crusaders but eventually the whistle goes for half time.


The half time score is Crusaders 13 Hurricanes 8


Tim Fairbrother is replaced by Neemia Tialata for the Hurricanes.


The second half is underway.


43.00: The game is held up for a moment as  Casey Laulala is injured. We learn that Corey Flynn has gone to hospital for an Xray with a suspected broken forearm.  


45.00: Ma’a Nonu gets some ball finally but a double Crusaders tackle sees him losing the ball in the tackle.


48.00: Gear makes a break and passes to Zac Guildford who flies over the Crusaders tryline. Replays show his foot was in touch so no try.


51.00: The Crusaders work the ball up to the Hurricanes line and that man Leon MacDonald gets over for his second under the posts.


52.00: Dan Carter slots the conversion. Robbie Deans goes to the bench and replaces Wyatt Crockett with Ben Franks.


53.00: From the restart the Crusaders attack and run up it to the line but a penalty is awarded to the Crusaders and Dan Carter takes the kick and extends the lead.


54.00: Jimmy Gopperth starts to warm up on the sideline.


57.00: All that tiring hardwork of defending in the first half looks to be taking its toll on the Hurricanes.


59.00: What a different team the Crusaders are this week from last week! They are constantly on the attack. Piri Weepu is replaced by Alby Mathewson and Willie Ripia is replaced by Jimmy Gopperth. Lets see what the half back replacements can do.


63.00: The Hurricanes really need to be the next to score otherwise the Crusaders will run away with this and that means the Super 14 final will be held in Christchurch next weekend.


65.00: Big call here from Colin Cooper the Hurricanes coach as  Tamati Ellison comes on for Ma’a Nonu.


65.00: Wow an impressive charge by Kieran Read sees the Crusaders extend their lead as he powers over the line for the Crusaders third try – is that it now for the Canes ?


66.00: Dan Carter slots the conversion.


66.00: Kieran Read is replaced by Reuben Thorne


71.00: Dan Carter slots a penalty for the Crusaders which must surely put the result beyond doubt.


77.00: The Hurricanes get a consolation try from a chargedown as Jeremy Thrush scores.


78.00: Jimmy Gopperth slots the conversion.


80.00: A great run as the hooter blows sees Corey Jane charge for the line. He is held out and a penalty is awarded and they run it and Neemia Tialata score the Canes third try.


81.00: JERRY COLLINS takes the conversion and slots it.


The Full time score is Crusaders 33 Hurricanes 22


Report to follow.





Tries – Leon MacDonald (2), Kieran Read,

Pen – Dan Carter (4)

Con – Dan Carter (3)



Tries – Zac Guildford,Jeremy Thrush, Neemia Tialata

Pen –  Piri Weepu

Con – Jimmy Gopperth, Jerry Collins.





15. Leon MacDonald,14. Kade Poki ,13. Casey Laulala ,12. Tim Bateman ,11. Scott Hamilton ,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. Wyatt Crockett

Reserves: 16. Ti’i Paulo ,17. Ben Franks ,8. Reuben Thorne ,19. Nasi Manu ,20. Kahn Fotuali’i ,21. Stephen Brett ,22. Sean Maitland


15-1- Cory Jane, Hosea Gear, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Zac Guildford, Willie Ripia, Piri Weepu, Chris Masoe, Masoe, Scott Waldrom, Jerry Collins, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Tim Fairbrother, Andrew Hore, John Schwalger.

Reserves: Hikawera Elliot, Neemia Tialata, Craig Clarke, Scott Waldrom,Thomas Waldrom, Alby Mathewson, Jimmy Gopperth, Tamati Ellison.

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