Hurricanes Held On For A Historic Win Against Crusaders

The Hurricanes ended the Crusaders' five years unbeaten streak at home when they hung onto a lead of two points to win 34-32. The Hurricanes moved up to the second place with 16 points on the log, only three points behind the Crusaders at the top. The Crusaders, however, played one game less.

The two sides initially traded penalties with the Hurricanes that set the pace initially. The Crusaders had one chance to cross the scoreline of the Hurricanes and did just that. The first quarter belonged to Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders that scored all of the 10 points of the Crusader to lead 10-3.

The Hurricanes struck bag within 3 minutes of the second quarter to even the score at 10-10. A lapse in concentration the Hurricanes in-goal area by Jordie Barrett led to the Crusaders second try of the half. Again the Hurricanes showed that they will not stand back to log leaders Crusaders and scored a try just after that of the Crusaders. A converted penalty by the Hurricanes at the end of the first half gave the Hurricanes a well-deserved lead.

A scintillating opening 40 minutes in Christchurch! The pendulum swung one way and then the other right throughout the opening 40 minutes with both sides producing some thrilling tries. At half time, a massive upset is well and truly on the cards with the Hurricanes holding a 21-17 advantage over the Crusaders.

The third quarter only produced a converted penalty on the scoreboard for the Hurricanes but the momentum has definately swung the Hurricanes way. An upset at that stage more than a possibility.

A try by the Hurricanes with eighteen minutes to go just confirmed that the Hurricanes are on their way to maybe the biggest upset of the season so far. A try by the Crusaders with ten minutes to go made it anybody's game. A moment of brilliance by Richie Mo'unga led to the Crusaders fourth try and with two minutes to go the Hurricanes was desperate to hold on to their two-point lead.

One of the best matches of the tournament so far came to an end with an upset of epic proportions! The Hurricanes played without the ball for the vast majority of the second half but somehow they were able to absorb enormous amounts of pressure from the Crusaders and hold on for a famous victory. 

The Crusaders face the Chiefs next weekend while the Hurricanes have a bye.

Hurricanes: Tries: Wes Goosen (2), Peter Umaga-Jensen. Conversions: Jordie Barrett (2). Penalties: Jordie Barrett (5).
Crusaders: Tries: Richie Mo'unga, George Bridge, Quinten Strange, Sevu Reece. Conversion: Richie Mo'unga (3). Penalties: Richie Mo'unga (2).

Crusaders: 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor (C), 3. Michael Alaalatoa, 4. Samuel Whitelock, 5. Mitchell Dunshea, 6. Tom Sanders, 7. Tom Christie, 8. Whetukamokamo Douglas (VC), 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo'unga, 11. George Bridge, 12. Jack Goodhue (VC), 13. Fetuli Paea, 14. Sevu Reece, 15. Will Jordan. Replacements: 16. Andrew Makalio, 17. George Bower, 18. Oliver Jager, 19. Quinten Strange, 20. Sione Havili, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Brett Cameron, 23. Leicester Fainga'anuku.

The Hurricanes: 1. Fraser Armstrong, 2. Asafo Aumua, 3. Tyrel Lomax, 4. James Blackwell, 5. Scott Scrafton, 6. Reed Prinsep, 7. Du’Plessis Kirifi, 8. Ardie Savea, 9. TJ Perenara [C], 10. Jackson Garden-Bachop, 11. Ben Lam, 12. Ngani Laumape, 13. Peter Umaga-Jensen, 14. Wes Goosen, 15. Jordie Barrett. Replacements: 16. Ricky Riccitelli, 17. Tevita Mafileo, 18. Alex Fidow, 19. Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20. Vaea Fifita, 21. Jamie Booth, 22. Vince Aso, 23. Chase Tiatia.