It was all Crusaders on Saturday when they outplayed the Hurricanes in a perfect first half to win 38-22.
The Hurricanes did score four tries in the second half but that was not enough to beat the champions who scored 6 tries.
The Crusaders started well putting Hurricanes under pressure from the kickoff. They had the early penalty which they opted to go for the lineout but could not convert that.
It was the Crusaders with the first points with Barrett over from sustain pressure by the champions. This gave them the early 5-0 lead.
The Crusaders looked good with ball in hand and dominated field position. Defensive systems of both teams were good early on as well.
The Crusaders are so good with breakouts and they scored two tries doing just that with some exceptional skills as well.
This gave them a 17-0 lead as they gave the Hurricanes nothing to play with.
The Crusaders were not finished and at the stroke of halftime they went for scrum from which Richie Mo’unga stretch over for their forth try of the match.
That gave the Crusaders a 24-0 lead over the Hurricanes.
The second half started as it ended in the first with the Crusaders again dominating. It was Barrett that got his second of the match and extend the Crusaders lead to 31-0.
The Hurricanes finally got over the line form a great breakout and scoring their first try. That at least reduced the lead to 31-5.
The Hurricanes did saw some more ball and was pushing the Crusaders back in their half but could not get through. The Saders were lucky to get away with slowing the ball down a few times in this period of the game.
The game slowed down a bit with the Crusaders making a few replacements and a few more mistakes creeping into both sides game.
It was the Hurricanes that scored next with Goosen going over in the corner for the Hurricanes second try of the night.
The Hurricanes ended the strongest from the two teams getting two tries in the last five minutes and prevented the Crusaders a bonus point.
It was not enough for them to be beaten properly by the Crusaders 36-20
Tries: George Bridge(77′) Scott Barrett(43′) Richie Mo’unga(40′) Jordan Taufua(27′) Richie Mo’unga(24′) Scott Barrett(9′)
Cons: Mitch Hunt(78′) Richie Mo’unga(44′) Richie Mo’unga(41′) Richie Mo’unga(28′)
Tries: TJ Perenara(84′) Ben Lam(80′) Wes Goosen(67′) Ben Lam(48′)
Cons: Jordie Barrett(85′)