Crusaders show class in beating Hurricanes
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Crusaders showed their class - and kept their unbeaten streak alive - in beating the Hurricanes in a blockbuster all-New Zealand Super Rugby derby in Christchurch on Saturday.
As it happened: Crusaders v Hurricanes
The Crusaders relied on their dominant pack of forwards in winning 20-12 after the teams were level at 9-all at half-time.
Crusaders skipper Matt Todd scored the only try of the match from a rolling maul 10 minutes into the second half, while flyhalf Richie Mo'unga added five penalties for the home side.
The Hurricanes replied with four penalties by fullback Jordie Barrett.
The Crusaders stretched their winning tally to 11 straight matches as they search for an eighth Super Rugby title, but their first since 2008.
The Crusaders picked up four points for their victory to stretch their lead atop both the New Zealand Conference and the all important Overall log.
The Hurricanes left empty-handed, but stayed third in the ultra-competitive New Zealand Conference.
In next weekend's Round 13 action, the Crusaders travel to Suva in Fiji to play the Chiefs (Friday, May 19 at 09:35 SA time), while the Hurricanes welcome the Cheetahs to Wellington (Saturday, May 20 at 09:35 SA time).
15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu,
13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9
Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Pete Samu,
5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Michael
Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Bryn Hall,
22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele
Jordie Barrett, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian
Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Brad Shields, 7
Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery
To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Chris Eves
Leni Apisai, 17 Ben May, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Toa Halafihi,
21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Wes Goosen