Hurricanes beat Crusaders in Wellington


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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders the Hurricanes have won three and the Crusaders two.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Hurricanes kick off and we are underway.

1.00: Both teams test each other with the boot and the Crusaders are caught offside so the Hurricanes have a penalty. Beauden Barrett will kick for posts.

2.00: Barrett takes the shot but misses. To the left.

4.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. They kick for touch. The Crusaders win the line out and start the attack about 20m out.

5.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes 5m out. Barrett kicks for touch.

6.00: The Hurricanes win the line out and move the ball to the other side. Barrett chips ahead and the ball goes to Tom Taylor who kicks the ball back and it goes straight out.

7.00:  Jack Lam comes on for Victor Vito as injury replacement. The Hurricanes win the line out and attack. The Crusaders stop the attack and Matt Todd is yellow carded for a professional foul. The Hurricanes have also lost Alapati Leiua to injury now and Hadleigh Parkes comes on.

8.00:Barrett takes the penalty kick and nails it. The Hurricanes lead.

11.00: Penalty to the Crusaders for not releasing. Colin Slade takes the kick and nails it to level the scores.

14.00: The Hurricanes are constantly probing the Crusaders defence. They go through the phases testing them all the time and then Dane Coles passes low to TJ Perenara who knocks on.

15.00: The Crusaders scrum is a mess so the Hurricanes get the put in at the reset.

16.00: Possession 46% to the Hurricanes and territory is 60%. The Hurricanes win the scrum and work the ball forward but then about 10m out the ball goes dead. Hurricanes scrum.

18.00: The Crusaders try to clear the ball but the kick is charged down by Beauden Barrett, he chases the ball but it bounces over him as he slides into touch. The TMO has a look to decide if he was in or out when he last touched it. 22 Drop out as Barrett took it out.

19.00: The Crusader fumble a pass and Colin Slade gets back and manages to get the ball away with four players on him. The Crusaders kick the ball away and it goes to Savea who charges to the line and is then stopped. The Hurricanes go over the line in support but then we are called back for a knock on.

21.00: After the scrum the Crusaders win a penalty for offside so they kick for touch.

22.00: TJ Perenara chips ahead and the Crusaders fail to gather the ball. Jordan Taufua is caught offside so the Hurricanes have a penalty. Barrett takes the kick and nails it.

25.00: Free kick to the Crusaders. They kick for touch but they don’t find it. Barrett gets the ball and tries to run but is stopped. The Hurricanes keep the ball alive until the Crusaders turn the ball over and attack near the half way line.

27.00: Fonotia chips ahead. The ball goes to Juilian Savea who kicks and chases. The Crusaders have to scramble but the Hurricanes turn the ball over and they spread the ball wide and Blade Thomson goes to score in the corner.

28.00; Barrett’s conversion goes wide.

30.00: The Crusaders kick for touch and find it but the Hurricanes take the quick line out and then run the ball. Barrett makes ground and then kicks ahead and the ball goes out in the Crusaders half.

31.00: The Crusaders win the line out and kick upfield again. This time Savea kicks the ball into touch.

33.00: The Hurricanes are playing with much more enthusiasm than the Crusaders. They are gradually working the ball forward and going the phases. However the Hurricanes concede a penalty. A fight breaks out and everyone decides to have a say. Nothing comes of the fight so Slade takes the kick and fails to find touch. The ball goes to Savea who attacks.

34.00: The Hurricanes keep the ball alive until the Crusaders turn it over and knock on. Jordan Taufua goes down injured and may have to come off. He carries on. For now.

35.00 : Missed tackles Hurricanes 2 Crusaders 14. The Hurricanes win the scrum and start going through the phases making ground gradually until there is a knock on.

39.00: The scrum is taking an age to complete as each team gets a chance with the put in. Eventually the Crusaders get the ball away but then they pass the ball forward. Another scrum.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. The scrum completes but the Crusaders win a penalty. Slade kicks the ball out.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Hurricanes 11 Crusaders 3

The Crusaders kick off and we are underway.

43.00: The Crusaders look like a more enthusiastic team already. They are holding on to the ball and being patient. Penalty to the Crusaders 5m out for a high tackle.

44.00: The Crusaders take the penalty quickly but lose the ball. The Hurricanes kick upfield and as the Crusaders try to run the ball back there is a double high tackle on McNicholl.

45.00: Slade takes the shot and nails it.

47.00:Kieran Read is warming up on the sidelines. Jordan Taufua has to come off so Read comes on in front of 16000 fans in attendance.

50.00: Colin Slade takes massive knock and flops backwards as his mouth guard falls out. He gets back up and carries on. He looked KO’d. Dan Carter is warming up. Crusaders doctor Deb Robinson is concerned about Slade. The Crusaders replace Andy Ellis with Willi Heinz.

51.00: A Crusaders kick is charged down, Dane Coles gets to the ball and passes to TJ Perenara who knocks on. They play on and eventually Crotty kicks and chases. J.Savea gets to the ball but fails to release and concedes a penalty. Slade takes the penalty kick and nails it.  

52.00: Slade goes off for a concussion test. Dan Carter comes on.

55.00: The Hurricanes go high with a kick and Tom Taylor knocks on. Dane Coles comes off and Motu Matu’u comes on.

59.00: The Crusaders slowly and gradually work the ball forward into Hurricanes territory but then Kieran Read fails to release and the Hurricanes win a penalty. They kick for touch.

60.00: Slade has failed the concussion test so Carter stays on.

62.00: The Crusaders are controlling the ball now. They are doing all the attacking. They get the ball to the 5m line and send wave after wave at the Hurricanes line. However Ardie Savea steals the ball and has a short run.

63.00: The Crusaders turn the ball over but then they lose the ball and Barrett chips and kicks. The Crusaders concede a penalty for offside. Hurricanes kick for touch.

68.00:The Crusaders work the ball upfield into the Hurricanes half and they win a line out. Carter goes for a drop goal but misses.

70.00: Julian Savea kicks and chases. Willi Heinz gets the ball and prevents Savea from pulling him into touch and the Crusaders make some ground back with a kick for touch.

71.00: Penalty to the Crusaders for not releasing in the Crusaders half. Carter kicks for touch.

73.00: The Crusaders are all over the Hurricanes but then out of nothing Blade Thomson chases a kick from Cory Jane and gets the ball as he races down the wing and scores his second TRY!

74.00: Barrett misses the conversion.

78.00: The Hurricanes suck up the Crusaders pressure. They win a penalty and kick for touch.

79.00: The Hurricanes win the line out and wind down the clock. As the siren sounds they win another penalty. Barrett kicks for touch.

That’s it. The Hurricanes win.

The full time score is Hurricanes 16 (11) Crusaders 9 (3)


Tries – B.Thomson 2
Pen – B.Barrett 2
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Tries –
Pen – C.Slade 3
Con –
Drop –
Cards – M.Todd (yellow 7th min)

Match Officials
: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2: Richard Kelly
TMO: Aaron Paterson



1. Ben Franks,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush (c),5. Blade Thomson,6. Brad Shields,7. Ardie Savea,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Alapati Leiua,13. Tim Bateman,14. Cory Jane,15. Matt Proctor

Replacements : 16. Motu Matu’u/Reggie Goodes,17. Chris Eves,18. Reggie Goodes/Brendon Edmonds,19. James Broadhurst,20. Jack Lam,21. Chris Smylie,22. Hadleigh Parkes,23. James Marshall


1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Nepo Laulala ,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock ,6. Jordan Taufua ,7. Matt Todd ,8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Andy Ellis ,10.Colin Slade ,11.Nafi Tuitavake ,12.Ryan Crotty (C) ,13.Kieron Fonotia ,14.Johnny McNicholl ,15.Tom Taylor

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody, 18. Owen Franks ,19. Jimmy Tupou,20. Kieran Read ,21. Willi Heinz ,22. Dan Carter ,23. Rob Thompson

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