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Our referee today is Glen Jackson.
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Matt Todd will captain the Crusaders today. Wyatt Crockett will be at looshead prop, Luke Romano and Scott Barrett as the starting locks, Kieran Read at number eight, Israel Dagg at full-back and Sam Whitelock on the bench. Jack Goodhue is also in the starting XV.
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The only changes for the Hurricanes is that TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett and Ardie Savea will return to the starting XV. Perenara replaces Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and reclaims the captaincy from Brad Shields. Beauden Barrett replaces Otere Black, while Ardie Savea takes over from Callum Gibbins. Gibbins moves to the bench with a potential debutant in James O?Reilly.
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The last time these teams met the Crusaders claimed a 20-12 victory in Christchurch
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A victory for the undefeated Crusaders will mean that they have home advantage throughout the play-offs.
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If the Hurricanes win then they will travel to Canberra to play the Brumbies in the quarter-finals, while a loss would see them travelling to Cape Town to play the Stormers.
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Welcome to this thrilling Super Rugby match, between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders, from Westpac Stadium, in Wellington.
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We have a late change as Beauden Barrett is out due to a virus infection. He is replaced by Otere Black. We are off here in Wellington.
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We have a penalty at the first scrum and May is guilty of collapsing the scrum. The Crusaders feed a lineout on the Hurricanes 22.
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TRY, CRUSADERS, TAMANIVALU! 0-5: Scott Barrett drives through a gap and then Richie Mounga sends a long pass to Tamanivalu, who scores in the corner. That was a good build up after the lineout. Jordie Barrett was left wanting looking for an intercept.
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 0-7: Mo'unga curlss it in from out wide.
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Scott Barrett is penalised for being offside and the Hurricanes feed a lineout on the Crusaders 22.
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The Hurricanes win another penalty, this time for offside after a good break from Perenara. They opt for a scrum.
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This time Wyatt Crockett is penalised at the scrum. They opt for another scrum and it backfires, as Toomaga-Allen is guilty of standing up. The Hurricanes could have had three points there.
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TRY, CRUSADERS, TAMANIVALU! 0-12: The Crusaders string together eight phases and build up patiently, before Read sends Tamanivalu away to score in the corner. Too easy!
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Richie Mo'unga misses the conversion.
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The Crusaders are penalised for not rolling away from the ruck. Black finds touch near the Crusaders 22.
18'
Dagg finds touch near the halfway line, after a deep kick from Jordie Barrett.
20'
The Crusaders turn over the ball after the Hurricanes patiently put nine phases together.
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Black offloads Julian Savea, who breaks the line. They make their way into the Crusaders half and win a penalty. They opt for touch and the lineout takes place 12 meters out.
25'
The Crusaders and in particular Romano, steals the lineout ball.
27'
The Hurricanes are committing some unforced errors, as a result of the tight Crusaders defence.
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Perenara is penalised for foul play and the Crusaders find touch near the 22. They secure the lineout and then Goodhue knocks it on in the tackle.
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The penalties are mounting here and this time Todd is penalised for not releasing the ball carrier.
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TRY, HURRICANES, JORDIE BARRETT! 5-12: Laumape started the move and Black took it further and offloaded to Jordie Barrett, who ran at an angle to score!
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CONVERSION, HURRICANES, JORDIE BARRETT! 7-12: He converts his own try.
35'
Mo?unga does well to clear a high kick from Milner-Skudder.
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Scott Barrett is penalised in the lineout for playing a player in the air. The Hurricanes opt for a nine meter lineout.
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The Crusaders drive them back in the maul and Perenara tries a kick through, but Dagg wins the race to touch it down for a restart from the 22.
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HURRICANES 7-12 CRUSADERS.
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HALF TIME : The Crusaders lead at the break and it has been a good game. This game is there for the taking. Please join us for the second half soon.
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Richie Mo?unga starts proceedings in the second half.
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Romano is penalised for not rolling away from the ruck. The Hurricanes feed a lineout inside the Crusaders 22.
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TRY, HURRICANES, JULIAN SAVEA! 12-12: The Hurricanes string together seven phases, before Black tries a cross-kick to find Julian Savea, who knocks it back and recollects it to score!
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CONVERSION, HURRICANES, JORDIE BARRETT! 14-12: The Hurricanes lead for the first time in this match.
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PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA!14-15: Riccitelli is penalised for having his hands in the ruck. Richie Mo'unga lines it up for goal and scores.
51'
The Hurricanes win an offside penalty and some much needed relief. Black finds touch on the Crusaders 10 meter line.
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Milner-Skudder is now penalised for not releasing the ball. The penalty count continues to go up in this match.
54'
NO TRY! The Crusaders put together five phases and progressed 40 meters, only to be held up. Good tackling from Lousi to hold them up there. The Crusaders have a five meter scrum.
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TRY, CRUSADERS, DAGG! 14-20: They secure the scrum quickly and go wide. Read offloads to Dagg who skipps Jordie Barrett's tackle, to score!
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CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 14-22: Richie Mo'unga adds two more.
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Todd is caught in possession in his own in-goal area and we have a five meter scrum to the Hurricanes.
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TRY, HURRICANES, GOOSEN! 19-22: They secure a good scrum and Perenara goes wide to send Goosen away in the corner.
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CONVERSION, HURRICANES, JORDIE BARRETT! 21-22: Jordie Barrett slots a good kick to make it a one point game with 20 minutes to play.
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Richie Mo'unga is penalised for not releasing the ball. Jordie Barrett will have a shot at goal from three meters inside his own half.
63'
Jordie Barrett is just short with his kick and we have a Hurricanes lineout on the Crusaders 10 meter line.
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Dagg is forced into touch on his own 22, after a kick through from the Hurricanes.
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TRY, HURRICANES, FIFITA! 26-22: It started with a good lineout. The Savea brothers then takes it to within a meter of the line. The ball is recycled and then Laumape brings Fifita into play, who scores in the corner.
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CONVERSION, HURRICANES, JORDIE BARRETT! 28-22: Barrett extends the lead.
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A good tackle by Havili on Julian Savea, leads to a turnover for the Crusaders.
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Jordie Barrett kicks it out on the full and we have a Crusaders lineout on the Hurricanes 22.
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Whitelock secures the lineout and Drummond breaks to come within a meter of the line, before being penalised for not releasing the ball. The Hurricanes get out of jail for now.
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The Hurricanes are awarded a penalty as the Crusaders go offside. They find touch on the Crusaders ten meter line.
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With five minutes to play it is still a six point game.
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PENALTY, HURRICANES, JORDIE BARRETT! 31-22: The Hurricanes win a penalty and Taufua is guilty of not releasing the ball carrier. Jordie Barrett seals the game for the Hurricanes with a good kick.
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The Crusaders win an offside penalty with a minute to play.
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HURRICANES 31-22 CRUSADERS.
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FULL TIME: The Hurricanes earn a well deserved victory in a very tough match. They wanted a win here to ensure that they travel to Canberra instead of Cape Town, for the quarter-finals and they succeeded.
Hurricanes
Crusaders
4
Tries
3
31' Jordie Barrett
44' Julian Savea
58' Wes Goosen
64' Vaea Fifita
2' Seta Tamanivalu
13' Seta Tamanivalu
54' Israel Dagg
4
Conversions
2
32' Jordie Barrett
45' Jordie Barrett
59' Jordie Barrett
65' Vaea Fifita
4' Richie Mo''unga
56' Richie Mo''unga
1
Penalties
1
77' Jordie Barrett
47' Richie Mo''unga
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Ben May
Ricky Riccitelli
Jeff Toomaga-Allen
Mark Abbott
Sam Lousi
Vaea Fifita
Ardie Savea
Brad Shields
TJ Perenara
Otere Black
Julian Savea
Ngani Laumape
Jordie Barrett
Wes Goosen
Nehe Milner-Skudder
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Wyatt Crockett
Ben Funnell
Michael Alaalatoa
Luke Romano
Scott Barrett
Jordan Taufua
Matt Todd
Kieran Read
Bryn Hall
Richie Mo'unga
George Bridge
David Kaetau Havili
Jack Goodhue
Seta Tamanivalu
Israel Dagg
8
Reserves
8
James O'Reilly
Chris Eves
Loni Uhila
Callum Gibbins
Reed Prinsep
Te Toiroa Tahurio...
Cory Jane
Ben Lam
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Andrew Makalio
Tim Perry
Oli Jager
Sam Whitelock
Jed Brown
Mitchell Drummond
Mitch Hunt
Sean Wainui