Crusaders win again but lose Carter



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The Crusaders remained unbeaten after seven rounds of the Super 14 after they beat the Hurricanes by 17 points to 20.


The victory however came at a cost as Dan Carter had to be helped off the field with a leg injury.


The Crusaders wasted no time in their Crusade and scored the first points of the match in the second minute when Corey Flynn went over the try line for the visitors.

The Crusaders went on to dominate the first half and at the half time siren they were leading 3-17.


Carter converted the Crusaders’ two tries, both scored in the first half, and kicked two penalties, one of which provided his team’s only points of the second spell after they led 17-3 at halftime.

Before going off Carter surpassed 100 points for this season.

He also implemented a well-honed kicking game that allowed the Crusaders to win the battle for territory in the first half, despite the Hurricanes anticipating that tactic by naming two specialist fullbacks in their back three.

Carter left the field in the second half, after scoring 10 points, with an ankle injury, though he could have time to recover if the injury is not severe as the Crusaders have the bye next week.

The Hurricanes came back strongly in the second half when the game broke up and lost most of its pattern, creating the sprawling, counter-attacking game at which they prosper.

A try to hooker Andrew Hore brought the Hurricanes to within seven points of the Crusaders with more than 10 minutes to play but the Crusaders were able to reimpose control and secure its narrowest win of the season so far.

“In that second half, the ball never seemed to stop: tap-and-goes and all sorts,” the Crusaders captain Richie McCaw said.

“Fortunately, we managed to hang in there and get a win.” the Crusaders scored a try after fewer than two minutes through hooker Corey Flynn, who pounced on a ball which squirted from a goalline ruck, with the Crusaders taking a seven-point lead with Carter’s first conversion.

“We knew we had to start well,” McCaw said speaking about the Crusaders early try by Corey Flynn.

“The Hurricanes were coming off a bye so they had all week to prepare for this and we knew they were going to be fizzed up.

“We knew we had to start well if we wanted to knock a bit of puff out of them.

“We played the first half well but we got a bit rattled in the second half. Fortunately, we were able to hold them out in the end.”


All Blacks lock Ali Williams got a lucky bounce from a speculative kick by No. 8 Mose Tuiali’i to score the second after 33 minutes.


Carter’s two conversions and his penalty in the 18th minute were answered by the Hurricanes only with a penalty to Jimmy Gopperth three minutes from halftime. Gopperth had a poor kicking night and managed only two successes from five attempts.

In the second half, the Hurricanes began to get parity in set pieces and breakdowns, having been outplayed in both before halftime.

The Crusaders defended desperately, and not always legally.

One of several infringements in the middle of the half led to the sin-binning of Tuiali’i, reducing them to 14 men. The Hurricanes immediately capitalized with a try to Hore, converted by Gopperth.

The Hurricanes couldn’t get ahead though, conceding too much possession from poor kicks and turnovers.

“We knew they would be tough and they definitely didn’t disappoint,” Hurricanes captain Rodney So’oialo said.

“They are the best team out there and they proved that tonight.” 

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) 


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)




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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