Although Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd rested some key players to avoid any unnecessary injuries ahead of next weekend’s opening round of Super Rugby, the Canes still managed to produce a completely dominant performance.
TJ Perenara, Ardie Savea, Cory Jane, Beauden Barrett and Victor Vito all scored in the first half, while the Crusaders managed to respond with just a solitary try to Johnny McNicholl as the Hurricanes held a 27-7 lead heading into the break.
Although the Crusaders certainly weren’t anywhere near full strength, they will still be very disappointed by their inability to compete on Friday, with the seven-time Super Rugby champs set to kick off this season’s campaign against the Chiefs next Saturday.
Hurricanes – Tries: TJ Perenara, Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett, Victor Vito (2), Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea, Pita Ahki, Blade Thomson, Cory Jane (2), Jason Woodward. Conversions: Barrett (4), Woodward (3).
Crusaders – Try: Johnny McNicholl. Conversion: Richie Mo’unga.
Hurricanes – 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Blade Thomson, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Leni Apisai, 1 Reggie Goodes
Subs: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Loni Uhila, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Willis Halaholo, 23 Pita Ahki, 24 James Marshall, 25 Jason Woodward.
Crusaders – 15 David Havili, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Sean Wainui, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Tim Boys, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Samuel Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Mike Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Subs: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Oliver Jager, 20 Mitchell Dunshea, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Jone Macilai, 24 Peter Samu, 25 Reed Prinsep.