SR: Crusaders 26, Hurricanes 29



Both teams currently sit within the bottom half of the overall points table and would love to move up on the log. The Crusaders have won 2 lost 2 and would be desperate to keep on the winning ways after the bye last week. The Hurricanes are coming off a loss to the Highlanders – a match that was dominated by penalties in the first half.

With 11 matches remaining and a maximum of 55 points still up for grabs, the Hurricanes are looking to continue where they left off at the end of the Highlanders fixture, and ignite their season with a convincing performance against the Crusaders. Both sides will be looking for greater accuracy on attack. The Crusaders have scored just six tries in four matches and their outside backs have yet to click into gear, while the Hurricanes have run in 16 so far, but have also missed several opportunities.

Recent Results:

2013: Crusaders won 25-17, Christchurch
2013: Hurricanes won 28-29, Wellington
2012: Hurricanes won 22-23, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 42-14, Wellington
2011: Crusaders won 16-9, Wellington
2010: Crusaders and Hurricanes drew 26-26, Wellington
 Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Kieron Fonotia, 23 Nemani Nadolo.
Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Chris Eves, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Proctor, 23 Marty Banks.
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Watt (New Zealand)
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Better known as Bunny, Took over after Pissant went over to the "Dark Side"


  1. Was stuck in traffic believe it or not in Zambia and only got to the TV now……

    Ahhh my superbru looks good at this stage as the Hurricanes lead the Crusaders 24-18 after 50 min

  2. Saders steal a lineout from Hurricanes in their 22…..

    TRY!!!! Saders Slade over for the Crusaders after the Saders steal the lineout and work their way through some phases and get over the Hurricanes defence.

    Score: Crusaders 23 Hurricanes 24 after 60 min

  3. Hurricanes getting themselves into big problems from the ruck…too slow behind the rucks…..

    Saders get a penalty and they go for points…..


    Saders lead

    Score: Crusaders 26 Hurricanes 24

  4. Hurricanes running from their own 22…..

    Barrette kicking a lot and not so good I must say….they do get the ball back as Dagg just return the kick….NZ players do not fair so well in the kicking game this year

    Penalty Hurricanes in the middle of the field on the 10 meter line of the Saders…..

  5. Not enough distance and Saders kick down field….

    Hurricanes start attacking and down the far touch line kick through but Saders gather and kick out from their line…

    Lineout Hurricanes on the Saders 22

  6. Hurricanes from lineout,….

    Hurricanes run down the backline and gets a penalty 5 meter from Saders line…..

    Hurricanes goes for points…..

    Barrett miss a sitter Saders still in the lead

  7. 22 kick-off for the Saders….

    Goes deep…..

    Brilliant !!!! Brilliant !!!!TRY Hurricanes through Leiua

    He run around and over almost all of the Saders backline…..

    He made Dagg look ordinary

    Score: Crusaders 26 Hurricanes 29 with 5 min to go

  8. Hooter sounds and Saders have a scrum on their own 10 meter line…..

    Hurricanes give a penalty away….

    Saders take quickly….

    Ellis lose ball and a great historic win for the Hurricanes in Christchurch…

    Take the game 29-26

  9. Great game although I only saw the second half….

    Saders had their changes and just could not keep the brilliance of Leiua out from scoring the last try…..

    Saders do get a bonus point though….

    Hurricanes play some good rugga’s this year….

  10. What is this world and game we love coming to? You know things are wrong when bunny gets one over you at superbru. This is my 4th incorrect prediction in 4 weeks, need to up my game if I wish to have bragging rights at work.

  11. Some seriously poor refereeing here.

    First the TMO gave the ‘canes a try, after a throw forward. His ruling “knock back by Red” had a familiar ring to it, but this time there was in fact a clear throw forward by Yellow, before the knock back.

    Later on, he denied the Hurricanes a try, ruling forward pass on a ball that clearly left player’s hands going backwards.

    Meanwhile the on-field referee completely ignored blatant jersey pulling and off the ball hits around the rucks by both teams.

    I wonder what Lyndon Bray will have to say.

  12. Notice how ineffective Isreal Dagg’s little step is these days.?

    Very few players can vary their step and once the opponents know what you do it becomes almost useless.

    Willie le Roux take note.