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Crusaders
30
12
Full Time
Hurricanes
HUR
Super Rugby
Saturday 28 July 2018, 3:35am EDT

Crusaders v Hurricanes

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  • FT
  • TRY!Ben Lam
    80'
  • TRY!Braydon Ennor
    68'
  • ConversionRichie Mo'unga
    44'
  • TRY!David Kaetau Havili
    43'
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalRichie Mo'unga
    38'
  • Penalty GoalRichie Mo'unga
    35'
  • TRY!George Bridge
    27'
  • ConversionBeauden Barrett
    18'
  • TRY!Julian Savea
    18'
  • ConversionRichie Mo'unga
    15'
  • TRY!Richie Mo'unga
    14'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
471
358
Metres
42
50
Carries
34
24
Defenders beaten
14
9
Clean breaks
159
161
Passes
7
5
Offloads
15
17
Turnovers conceded
7
6
Turnovers won
133
161
Tackles
24
34
Missed tackles
Crusaders T C P
15 David Kaetau Havili 1 0 0
14 Seta Tamanivalu 0 0 0
13 Jack Goodhue 0 0 0
12 Ryan Crotty 0 0 0
11 George Bridge 1 0 0
10 Richie Mo'unga 1 2 2
9 Bryn Hall 0 0 0
1 Joe Moody 0 0 0
2 Codie Taylor 0 0 0
3 Owen Franks 0 0 0
4 Scott Barrett 0 0 0
5 Sam Whitelock 0 0 0
6 Jordan Taufua 0 0 0
7 Matt Todd 0 0 0
8 Kieran Read 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Sebastian Siataga 0 0 0
17 Tim Perry 0 0 0
18 Michael Alaalatoa 0 0 0
19 Luke Romano 0 0 0
20 Peter Samu 0 0 0
21 Mitchell Drummond 0 0 0
22 Mitch Hunt 0 0 0
23 Braydon Ennor 1 0 0
Hurricanes T C P
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder 0 0 0
14 Julian Savea 1 0 0
13 Jordie Barrett 0 0 0
12 Ngani Laumape 0 0 0
11 Ben Lam 1 0 0
10 Beauden Barrett 0 1 0
9 TJ Perenara 0 0 0
1 Toby Smith 0 0 0
2 Ricky Riccitelli 0 0 0
3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen 0 0 0
4 Michael Fatialofa 0 0 0
5 Sam Lousi 0 0 0
6 Brad Shields 0 0 0
7 Gareth Evans 0 0 0
8 Blade Thomson 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 James O'Reilly 0 0 0
17 Fraser Armstrong 0 0 0
18 Ben May 0 0 0
19 Vaea Fifita 0 0 0
20 Reed Prinsep 0 0 0
21 Jamie Booth 0 0 0
22 Ihaia West 0 0 0
23 Wes Goosen 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
1 Crusaders 80 63
2 Hurricanes 60 51
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  • FULL TIME - The Crusaders are the first side through to the 2018 Super Rugby final!  The home side had the match under control at half time and then completely shut down the Hurricanes in the second stanza - the visitors had enough territory and possession to create attacking opportunities but they simply could not break down the awesome defence of the Crusaders.  So, the men from Christchurch will defend their title at home next week after recording a comprehensive 30-12 victory this evening over the gallant Highlanders.
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  • MISS! A light hearted moment as skipper Brad Shields, in his final match for the Hurricanes, steps up to the tee to take the conversion - it's an impressive strike from the flanker however the ball slams into the woodwork and bounces out.
    80'+3''
  • A well-deserved consolation try for the Hurricanes right on the final siren!  Ben Lam brushes off the tackle Braydon Ennor before striding away to score the visitors' first points of this second half.
    80'''
  • Try
    TRY! Hurricanes (Ben Lam) 30-12 Crusaders
    80'''
  • The Crusaders content now just to keep the ball in close and wind the clock down until the final whistle.
    80''
  • A penalty to the Crusaders right on their own line - the home side are now just two minutes away from their second consecutive Super Rugby final!
    78''
  • To the Hurricanes' credit, they have fought right to the bitter end - the visitors have a penalty by virtue of a deliberate knock down by Seta Tamanivalu and it will be Beauden Barrett to kick for touch inside the Crusaders' 22.
    76''
  • Ngani Laumape, in a desperate attempt close to the Crusaders' line, manages to release the pass on his way to ground however the ball doesn't go cleanly to hand - scrum feed to the home side.
    74''
  • NO TRY!  The replay shows that Beauden Barrett came up short by a blade of grass  - it's been that sort of a night for the Hurricanes!
    73''
  • TMO! On hands and knees, Beauden Barrett, with every sinew in his body, reaches out to try and find the paint under the posts - did he get there?  Referee Jaco Peyper refers the decision to the TMO however the on-field decision is no try.
    73''
  • MISS! Richie Mo’unga has been outstanding this evening but on this occasion is unable to add the extras.
    72''
  • That will just about do it!  In heavy traffic, out of the corner of his eye, Richie Mo’unga spots an unmarked red shirt way out to the right - he kicks across field where the ball bounces up for Braydon Ennor who, with not a soul in sight, touches down just inside the dead ball line.
    71''
  • Try
    TRY! Crusaders (Braydon Ennor) 30-7 Crusaders
    70''
  • A turnover for the Crusaders in a dangerous position - Matt Todd makes a desperate lunge for the line in the corner but has come up just short.
    67''
  • The Hurricanes make a break down the left hand touch line before Ben Lam chips over the top and in behind the Crusaders' defence - however, George Bridge has read the play expertly for the home side in cover defence to remove the danger.
    64''
  • It's becoming the story of the night!  The Hurricanes expend huge time and effort to drive the Crusaders back inside their 22 only for the home side, with their defence nearly impenetrable, to come up with the critical turnover.
    61''
  • Jordie Barrett does superbly under the high ball to win the ball for the Highlanders - the visitors need to find a score in two in the next few minutes if they are to have any chance of snatching this semi-final from the jaws of defeat.
    59''
  • Not for the first time this evening, the Hurricanes piece together multiple phases to almost breach the Crusaders' 22m line however the home side are able to pinch the ball at the crucial moment to repel the attack.
    56''
  • Richie Mo’unga toes a dangerous ball in behind the Hurricanes' defence however Jordie Barrett arrives in the nick of time to force a 22m-line drop out.
    54''
  • The Crusaders almost come up with the steal at the line out however Sam Whitelock loses a handle on the ball - scrum feed to the Hurricanes just short of half way.
    52''
  • With the resultant kick for touch, Beauden Barrett takes play outside of the Hurricanes' 22 and relieves some of the pressure on the visitors.
    50''
  • Brave defence from the Hurricanes who, in the face of incredible pressure from the home side, have managed to come up with a penalty right on the last line.
    48''
  • A penalty at scrum time to the Crusaders who can do no wrong at the moment - Richie Mo'unga drives a long kick into touch to take play inside the Hurricanes' 22.
    47''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION ! Crusaders (Richie Mo'unga) 25-7 Crusaders
    46''
  • The Crusaders draw first blood in the second half!  After some brilliance in the lead up from Jack Goodhue, Bryn Hall lays the ball off for David Havili who slices through the defence on his way to the try line - the Hurricanes have a huge mountain to climb now!
    45''
  • Try
    TRY! Crusaders (David Havili) 23-7 Crusaders
    44''
  • A solid opening from the Hurricanes who edge towards the Crusaders' 22 however it comes to nought with Nehe Milner-Skudder unable to rake in an awkward pass - scrum feed to the Crusaders.
    42''
  • SECOND HALF - The Hurricanes kick off to get the second half underway.
    40''
  • HALF TIME - The half time whistle sounds in the first Semi Final of 2018!  The two sides traded blows in the opening 20 minutes however the Crusaders tightened the screws in the final quarter hour to take the upper hand at the break - at half time, it is the Crusaders holding an 18-7 advantage over the Hurricanes.
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  • The Hurricanes link up across the field but are struggling to make any headway against this incredibly disciplined Crusaders' defence.
    40'+3''
  • The siren has sounded for half time but there is still enough time for the Hurricanes to take their scrum feed inside Crusaders' territory - the visitors would desperately love a score here to give them some momentum going into the second half.
    40''
  • The Crusaders edge further ahead!  This has been a crucial couple of minutes in the shadows of half time - from point blank range, Richie Mo'unga lands his second penalty goal.
    39''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Crusaders (Richie Mo'unga) 18-7 Crusaders
    39''
  • The Crusaders are on the march once again!  The home side can sense a chance to really take the upper hand in this semi-final with half time fast approaching.
    37''
  • Richie Mo'unga makes no mistake from close range and the Crusaders push their lead past a converted try with just a tick under 4 minutes left until half time.
    37''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Crusaders (Richie Mo'unga) 15-7 Crusaders
    36''
  • Penalty to the Crusaders!  The Hurricanes' front row is penalised at scrum time for driving up and, on this occasion, it will be Richie Mo'unga to line up the posts from a slight angle.
    35''
  • The Crusaders spread the ball to right and then the left and then back again but are unable to poke a hole in the Hurricanes' defence - the visitors eventually force an error with a forward pass resulting in a turnover.
    32''
  • MISS! The conversion attempt from the boot of Richie Mo'unga swings wide of the posts.
    31''
  • The Crusaders surge back into the lead!  After going close on a couple of occasions, a stunning cut-out pass isolates George Bridge who steps around Blade Thomson before diving over to score.
    29''
  • Try
    TRY! Crusaders (George Bridge) 12-7 Crusaders
    29''
  • Penalty to the Crusaders!  The Hurricanes have been penalised for a high tackle - the home side turn down a shot at the posts with Richie Mo’unga to kick for touch deep inside the Hurricanes' 22.
    27''
  • A chance here for the Hurricanes who have the line out just 10m out from the Crusaders' line.
    25''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Hurricanes (Beauden Barrett) 7-7
    21''
  • The Hurricanes are on the scoreboard in the semi-final!  Julian Savea takes on three Crusaders' defenders and with a desperate lunge for the line he somehow finds the chalk - there is some contention as to the grounding, but the TMO finds no evidence to overturn the on-field decision.
    19''
  • Try
    TRY! Hurricanes (Julian Savea) 7-5 Crusaders
    19''
  • TMO!  Julian Savea makes a desperate lunge for the try line in the corner - the decision on the grounding is referred to the TMO but the on field decision is a try.
    19''
  • A chance here for the Hurricanes!  Richie Mo'unga takes his eye off the ball at the crucial moment and spills the pill to hand the visitors possession deep in Crusaders' territory.
    18''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Crusaders (Richie Mo'unga) 7-0 Crusaders
    17''
  • The Crusaders land the first blow in the semi-final!  A show and go from Richie Mo’unga opens up the Hurricanes' defensive line - he spots an opening next to the post and drives over for the first try of the match.
    16''
  • Try
    TRY! Crusaders (Richie Mo’unga) 5-0 Crusaders
    15''
  • Penalty to the Hurricanes!  A confidence boost for the visitors with the Crusaders' front row penalised for collapsing at scrum time - Beauden Barrett fails to find touch with his kick however giving the Crusaders a chance to reload.
    13''
  • Jordan Taufua does brilliantly initially to burst through the tackle but just as he was about to put the Crusaders on the front foot, the ball escapes his grasp - scrum feed to the Hurricanes on the last line of defence.
    11''
  • A chance here for the Crusaders to lay a strong attacking platform - the home side have the scrum feed just outside the Hurricanes' 22.
    10''
  • The Crusaders are building menacingly with the ball in hand - through 8 phases, they have worked their way up to the Hurricanes' 22.
    9''
  • An excellent scrum from the Crusaders as the Hurricanes' pack under all sorts of pressure but they manage to extract the pill in the nick of time.
    7''
  • A comedy of errors from both sides results in a scrum to the Crusaders - the nerves are showing early with a spot in the 2018 Super Rugby final hanging on the result of this massive contest.
    4''
  • MISS! Jordie Barrett gives it everything from over 50m from the posts - his kick has the distance covered but the ball lands out to the left.
    3''
  • The first penalty of the match is against the Crusaders for collapsing the maul right on the half way line - Jordie Barrett steps up to the tee and will attempt a monster penalty goal attempt!
    1''
  • FIRST HALF - Richie Mo’unga puts boot to ball and a huge semi-final weekend in Super Rugby is underway!
    1''
  • It's been a tougher road to the semi-finals for the Hurricanes - after finishing second behind the Crusaders in the New Zealand conference, the Hurricanes won a heart-stopper against the Chiefs in last week's quarter final by a solitary point.
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  • The Crusaders have earnt the right to a home semi-final by virtue of finishing on top of the New Zealand conference - they won their way through to the penultimate week of the season having crushed the Sharks last week.
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  • Welcome to AMI Stadium in Christchurch for what is shaping as an epic Super Rugby semi-final between two of the best sides in recent history in this competition - the Crusaders and the Hurricanes.
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