Super Rugby

Hurricanes beat Crusaders in Christchurch




The Crusaders have played the Hurricanes 38 times in Super Rugby since 1996; the Saders have won 23 matches, lost 12 times and drawn three.

The Saders’ 23 wins give them a record of winning 61% of their matches against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.

  • The Crusaders have won their last six Super Rugby games on the bounce against the Hurricanes – more than they had won in their 15 completed encounters prior (W5, D1, L9).
  • The Christchurch-based side has won 15 of their last 19 home games against the Hurricanes in Super Rugby (L4), including their previous five such encounters on the bounce.
  • The Hurricanes have won eight of their last 10 Super Rugby games away from home in the regular season; although, they have not managed to clinch a losing bonus point from either of their two defeats in that span.
  • The Canes have made nine break assists by offload in Super Rugby Aotearoa, more than twice as many as any other team in the competition.
  • Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders) has scored five tries in his last five Super Rugby games against the Hurricanes, contributing to a personal tally of 82 points across that period(15 conversions, 9 penalty goals)

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Christchurch at Orangetheory Stadium. Conditions are excellent, it’s cold, but no wind and the field is dry, not much dew, which should make this a cracker.

3.00: A couple of penalties for both teams as the sides begin this battle.

5.00: The Hurricanes force a turnover, winning a scrum inside their 22. The scrum is reset.

6.00: Ardie Savea with a big run off the back of the scrum. Joe Moody is offside – no advantage after Du’Plessis Kirifi cannot hold onto the ball.

8.00: Ngani Laumape finds some space after Wes Goosen’s run. The Hurricanes can’t finish the attack, but they do win another penalty; it’s their third of the game.

9.00: PENALTY! Jordie Barrett opens the scoring from in front. 0-3

11.00: Scott Scrafton gives away a kickable penalty after a Crusaders attack following a linebreak.

12.00: PENALTY! Richie Mo’unga levels. 3-3

14.00: Big scrum by the hosts, who won a penalty after the opposition pack collapsed the set-piece. Mo’unga bangs the ball too deep, missing touch. Barrett clears back to the first-five, who begins a counter-attack.

16.00: Crusaders win another penalty, they kick to the corner. Fraser Armstrong leaves the field with a shoulder injury. Tevita Mafileo replaces the loosehead prop.

17.00: TRY! It’s that man Mo’unga, who dots down after Jack Goodhue sucks in two defenders and offloads to Mo’unga, on his right shoulder to score. 8-3

18.00: CONVERSION! The flyhalf converts his 21st try for the Crusaders. 10-3

21.00: The Hurricanes opt for the Gary Owen after winning a free-kick inside their half.

22.00: The visitors win back possession and are working their way towards the home team’s try line.

23.00: TRY! Wes Goosen finishes off the attack after good work by Peter Umaga-Jensen after Sevu Reece turned over possession following the Gary Owen (that Will Jordan let bounce). 10-8

24.00: CONVERSION! Barrett levels for the Canes. 10-10

25.00: Codie Taylor’s throw is not straight. Scrum for the visitors inside their 10m.

27.00: Both teams conceding penalties after Taylor lost another lineout.

28.00: Barrett calls for the tee.

30.00: PENALTY! Barrett makes no mistake. 10-13

32.00: TRY! Sensational score by George Bridge. Reece broke from midfield, bursting to the Hurricanes’ 22. The winger ran infield and launched a long cut-out pass to Bridge on the touchline. The ball bounced in front of the winger but he booted the ball forward, over the goal-line, raced past the defender, who was beaten by the bounce to score a stunning try. Now I’ve seen it all. 15-13

33.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the extras. 17-13

34.00: Hurricanes are mounting an attack from centre field.

35.00: TRY! Goosen has a double, slicing up the Crusaders defence following a free-flowing move from right to left and back again. Goosen sent Bridge away with a dummy and beat Fetuli Paea’s ankle-tap to slide over the chalk. 17-18

36.00: MISS! Barrett’s kick is no good. 17-18

39.00: Three offsides in arrow lead to Barrett calling for the tee. Some confusion over the rules, but the ref explains to Taylor.

42.00: PENALTY! Barrett lands the long-range kick to extend his teams lead at the break. 17-21

The halftime score was Crusaders 17 Hurricanes 21

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in New Zealand for this thrilling Super Rugby Aotearoa derby.

44.00: The Crusaders are mounting a sustained attack from their half. They break down the flanks and are near the opposition’s 22 following nine phases.

46.00: After 12 phases, the hosts win a penalty; it’s 5-6 in favour of Scott Robertson’s men. Mo’unga calls for the tee.

47.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga, kicking at 80% in the tournament, added another three. 20-21

49.00: Taylor finds his radar, this time. Mitch Drummond is on for Bryn Hall. Hurricanes 22 after a poor kick by Bridge. Laumape is in pain, he looks to be hurt but has not been tended to.

52.00: Laumape leaves the paddock. Mo’unga and Goodhue combine down the touchline, but the centre drops the ball into touch.

53.00: A couple of reset scrums.

56.00: TJ Perenara, after milking a penalty at the previous ruck, knocks on just outside the Saders’ 22. Justice.

57.00: MASSIVE SCRUM by the hosts, winning a penalty that allows them to clear.

58.00: Two big counter-rucks by the Canes sees them win a kickable penalty after Ben Lam’s big hit in midfield.

59.00: PENALTY! Barrett makes no mistake from distance. 20-24

61.00: The Hurricanes relieve the pressure with a penalty at the breakdown.

62.00: TRY! Umaga-Jensen finishes a well-worked try in the corner after Barrett spins out of a tackle to set-up the score. The score came from a good set-piece lineout move and strong carrying by the big men. 20-29

63.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots the touchline conversion. 20-31

66.00: 5m scrum to the hosts.

68.00: TRY! After several pick and drives, Quinten Strange goes low and is helped through the defence by Sione Havili. 25-31

69.00: CONVERSION! IT’S GOOD! 27-31

71.00: Scrum to the Canes on the halfway line.

73.00: Barrett calls for the tee after Taylor is pinged for offside.

75.00: PENALTY! Barrett converts the goal. 27-34

76.00: TRY! Mo’unga sets up Reece with a long, skip-pass after the flyhalf’s linebreak. 32-34

78.00: MISS! Mo’unga’s conversion slides past the post. 32-34

80.00: Barrett wins the turnover after a counter-attack by the hosts.

81.00: YELLOW CARD! Strange is off for foul play. Barrett boots the ball into touch and the visitors have a famous win. 32-34


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The final score is Crusaders 32 (17) Hurricanes 34 (21)


Tries – Mo’unga, Bridge, Strange, Reece
Pen – Mo’unga (2)
Con – Mo’unga (3)
Drop –
Cards – Strange (Yellow, 81′)

Tries – Goosen (2), Umaga-Jensen
Pen – J. Barrett (5)
Con – J. Barrett (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: James Doleman
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Fraser
TMO: Ben O’Keeffe



15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Fetuli Paea, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Mitchell Dunshea, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor (captain), 1 Joe Moody

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Sione Havili, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Leicester Fainga’anuku


15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Fraser Armstrong

Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Vince Aso, 23 Chase Tiatia

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