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    Crusaders floor Hurricanes

    2014-02-14 11:29
    Cape Town - A strong second half showing enabled the Crusaders to comprehensively beat the Hurricanes 40-15 in a Super Rugby warm-up match in Levin, New Zealand on Friday.

    The seven-time champions trailed 15-14 at the break but opened the floodgates in the second period.

    According to the Stuff.co.nz website, wing Johnny McNicholl bagged a hat-trick of tries, but it was some old heads closer to the action who made the difference for the Crusaders.

    The Crusaders start their season-proper at home against the Chiefs on February 21, while the Hurricanes tackle the Sharks in Durban the following day.

    Scorers:

    Crusaders:

    Tries: Johnny McNicholl (3), Jordan Taufua (2), Willie Heinz

    Conversions: Tom Taylor (2), Tyler Bleyendaal (3)

    Hurricanes:

    Tries: Beauden Barrett, Marty Banks, Ben Franks

    Teams:

    Crusaders:

    15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Ryan Crotty (c), 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Nafi Tuitavake, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Richie McCaw, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Tyler Bleyendaal, 23 Rob Thompson, 24 Zac Guildford, 25 Reynold Lee-Lo, 26 Jordan Taufua

    Hurricanes:

    15 Marty Banks, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Adam Hill, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks

    Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Ash Dixon, 18 John Schwalger, 19 Brendon Edmonds, 20 Chris Eves, 21 James Broadhurst, 22 Mark Reddish, 23 Blade Thomson, 24 Faifili Levave, 25 Ardie Savea, 26 Callum Gibbins, 27 Chris Smylie, 28 Billy Guyton, 29 James Marshall, 30 Hadleigh Parkes, 31 Cardiff Vaega, 32 Julian Savea, 33 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 34 Andre Taylor

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