Super Rugby

Crusaders beat Hurricanes in Christchurch




Super Rugby’s must-see match this weekend is between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes in Christchurch.

Tthe winner of this match will top the Super Rugby standings on Sunday.

The Crusaders after 12 matches have 46 points while the Hurricanes have 45 after 11 matches.

  • The Hurricanes have won eight of their last 11 games against the Crusaders, including their last two meetings and a 29-19 victory when they met earlier this season.
  • The Crusaders have won the last six New Zealand derbies at home; their last loss in such a fixture was in Round 17, 2016 against the Hurricanes.
  • The Hurricanes have won their last 10 games on the bounce; an 11th consecutive win would set a new club record for their longest winning streak in Super Rugby.
  • The Hurricanes have conceded the fewest metres (354), beaten defenders (20), offloads (7), and tries (2) per game of any team this season.
  • Ben Lam has scored 14 tries in 10 games for the Hurricanes this season, including five tries in his last three games
  • He’s just one shy of equaling the record for most tries in a Super Rugby season set by Ngani Laumape (15) last season.

Match detail

There is a late change on the Hurricanes bench with Nathan Vella replacing James O’Reilly. There could be two debuts with Jonah Lowe also set for his first cap for the Canes.

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at wet AMI Stadium where some heavy drizzle has started to set in.

3.00: The first scrum of the game is solid. The Canes are attacking to the open side, but are pinged at the breakdown for not releasing.

5.00: Ardie Savea is penalised for not rolling away after tackling Seta Tamanivalu from the lineout. Matt Todd points to the posts.

6.00: MISS! Richie Mo’unga, from in front, pushes his kick wide. 0-0

9.00: The Hurricanes go nine phases, taking the ball up with their big ball carriers. The move breaks down with another knock on after they attempt to spread the ball wide.

11.00: Jeff Toomaga-Allen is pinged for “over-extending”, allowing Mo’unga to kick to the Canes 22.

12.00: Blade Tompson wins the battle at the breakdown, earning a penalty and allowing his side to clear the danger.

14.00: Seta Tamanivalu, on the touchline, collects Mo’unga’s pin-point cross-kick, but he is tackled into touch.

15.00: The visitors have enjoyed much of the possession but little territory in the opening quarter of an hour.

16.00: Beauden Barrett kicks a banana up-and-under which David Havili drops. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis picked up the lost ball in an offsides position, but referee Angus Gardener botches the call by only awarding a scrum despite Ardie Savea’s protestations.

19.00: Nothing comes of the previous attack. Beauden Barrett’s grubber was collected by Havili and cleared. Tim Bateman, after a good tackle on Nehe Milner-Skudder, is off with a hamstring injury.

20.00: It is teeming down in Christchurch.

21.00: Jordie Barrett hits Havili late and concedes a needless penalty because it would have been Hurricanes ball inside the Crusaders 22.

22.00: Jordie Barrett is penalised again, this time for a high tackle around George Bridge’s neck.

24.00: TRY! Scott Barrett barges over the whitewash after the Crusaders driving maul collapsed. The home side went to their pick-and-drives before scoring. 5-0

25.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds the extras. 7-0

26.00: Jordie Barrett’s two indiscretions were costly. Instead of an attacking lineout inside the Crusaders 22, the home team went 100 metres and it was his brother with the dagger.

28.00: PENALTY! Jordie Barrett makes amends with a monster 52-metre penalty-goal to put his team on the ‘board. 7-3

30.00: Michael Alaalatoa is pinged for a high tackle on Ricky Riccitelli but not yellow carded because his arm slipped up. That should be a card if we are following the letter of the law, but it is the right common sense call.

32.00: There is some good enterprise from both teams but the conditions keep killing the attacks. The longer the series of plays, the more chance of a handling mistake.

33.00: Ben Lam, with his first touch of the night, drops Ngani Laumape’s expert cross-kick. Scrum to the Saders.

35.00: The Hurricanes should have another penalty for offsides after another Havili dropped ball is picked up by a team-mate that is in front of the fullback. Gardner is having a poor game.

37.00: Julian Savea breaks into the Crusaders 22, is tackled by Havili and the visitors win the penalty.

38.00: PENALTY! Beauden Barrett reduces the deficit to a point. 7-6

39.00: All three Barretts are on the scoreboard, we are just waiting for Ardie and Julian Savea to score to make it one-sixth of the two teams’ points are scored by two sets of brothers.

40.00: Brad Shields is unhappy with Gardner’s interpretation of a high tackle which offers the Crusaders a chance to go to their driving maul before halftime.

42.00: The Hurricanes are penalised twice at the maul and the ref says that the next infringement will result in a card.

43.00: The Crusaders come up short after some superb defending by the Hurricanes, who hold them up.

The halftime score was Crusaders 7 Hurricanes 6

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Christchurch.

44.00: Some more mistakes resulting in a string of penalties awarded in the opening exchanges of the second half.

45.00: Mo’unga is down after kicking turf and ball. Anybody who has ever been a kicker and done that will know how sore that can be. Ouch!

48.00: Great scramble defence by Julian savea who tackles Havili and holds him up over the try-line. But the Crusaders get a penalty for offsides.

49.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga won’t miss from that close in front. 10-6

51.00: Mo’unga’s drop-kick is charged down, but the Saders have the penalty advantage. Gardner is having a word with Shields about the number of high tackles by his side. Mo’unga kicks to the corner.

52.00: TRY! The Crusaders go quickly from the lineout, catching the opposition flat-footed. After a few pick-and-goes, Alaalatoa crashes over. 15-6

53.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga extends the lead to 11 points. 17-6

57.00: The Crusaders have the Hurricanes under all sorts of pressure and are inside their 22 again. Ihaia West, on for Braydon Ennor, clears.

61.00: Oh dear! West slices his clearance-kick out over the in-goal area. Scrum on the five to the hosts.

62.00: Havili goes close, but the TMO review shows the ball was knocked on. The Crusaders did have a scrum-penalty advantage and will take a scrum.

63.00: The Crusaders have spent 14 minutes inside the Hurricanes 22: Wow!

65.00: TRY! Heiden Bedwell-Curtis breaks blind and cannot be stopped as he barges over the try-line. 22-6

66.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga adds another two. 24-6

69.00: Time is running out for the visitors to mount a comeback.

72.00: TRY! Reed Prinsep takes Ardie Savea’s inside ball and bounces three players on his way to scoring under the posts. 24-11

73.00: CONVERSION! Beauden Barrett takes the quick conversion. 24-13

75.00: The rain is coming down, and so is the Hurricanes’ unbeaten run.

77.00: The Wellington side is searching for another score.

79.00: Crusaders looking to run out the clock.

80.00: The hooter sounds and Mitch Drummond clears to the stands.


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The final score is Crusaders 24 (7) Hurricanes 13 (6)


Tries – S. Barrett, Alaalatoa, Bedwell-Curtis
Pen – Mo’unga
Con – Mo’unga (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Prinsep
Pen – J. Barrett, B. Barrett
Con – B. Barrett
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: James Doleman
TMO: Aaron Paterson



15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Peter Samu, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Chris King, 18 Donald Brighouse, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.


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 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith

Replacements: 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Jonah Lowe

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