The last time the Crusaders loss at home was in July 2016 against the Hurricanes and after a unbeaten 37 games run. It took a standout performance from the same Hurricanes team to get the better of them on Saturday beating them 34-32.
This was also the fist defeat for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.
The Hurricanes who lost their first two matches in this competition has been the form side with the Crusaders in the last couple off weeks.
It was as tight as we expected it to be with neither team really dominated for long periods of time.
Unaga-Jensen was brilliant to setup two first half tries for Goosen which put the Hurricanes in the advantage at the break.
A crucial try with 20 minutes to go from Umaga-Jensen to the visitors lead to 31-20.
Off course the Crusaders came back at them in the final quarter as we got used to from the champion side but this time it was not enough to scrape through the win.
Two late tries by Strange and Reece set them up to steal the game again but Jordie Barrett penalty made the difference at the end.
The Hurricanes took the early lead when the Crusaders gave away a couple of silly penalties but the Crusaders leveled it out with one from Mo’unga.
He also got a seven pointer for his side when he scored the first try of the match which gave them the lead.
But that was countered with Goosen first try and Barrett knocking over the conversion.
Then came George Bridge with a unbelievable try. A pass from Reece fell at his feet, and Bridge kicked it forward to beat everyone for the try.
By the time Goosen got his second try the Hurricanes took the lead and they never let it go again.
This was a brilliant win for the Hurricanes keeping them and the Blues still in the run for the championship.
Crusaders: Tries: Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge, Quinten Strange, Sevu Reece Conversions: Mo’unga (3)Penalties: Mo’unga (2)
Hurricanes: Tries: Wes Goosen (2), Peter Umaga-Jensen Conversions: Jordie Barrett (2) Penalties: Barrett (5)
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