Hurricanes pip Crusaders

2012-06-30 11:10

Christchurch - Conrad Smith scored two tries as the Hurricanes kept their Super Rugby playoff hopes alive with a 23-22 victory over the Crusaders in a Christchurch thriller on Saturday.

Crusaders replacement back Tyler Bleyendaal came up short with a penalty from halfway in the 80th minute to allow the visitors to take the spoils and some revenge for the 42-14 defeat they suffered earlier this season.

"That is pretty pleasing to beat this bunch after they put 40 on us at home," Hurricanes skipper Smith said in a pitchside interview.

"They are too good a side to let them play, you've got to get up and shut them down."

Quite how the Hurricanes won a match where they nearly conceded a try in the second minute and were distinctly second best at the set piece as well as in the disciplinary stakes will have baffled more than a few fans at Rugby League Park.

Missing All Blacks Dan Carter, Kieran Read and Israel Dagg to injuries sustained in the international window, the seven-times champion Crusaders now face a crunch meeting with the competition-leading Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

"Just one of those days where we did some good things and we also did some pretty dumb things, so disappointing," Crusaders captain Richie McCaw said.

The Crusaders started with the good things and Tom Taylor, deputising for Carter at flyhalf, kicked the first two of his five penalties to give the Crusaders a 6-0 lead in the 11th minute.

The Hurricanes were brought to life by the first of Beauden Barrett's three penalties in the 15th minute and a minute later they had taken the lead with Smith's try after brilliant work from Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor.

Tom Taylor had added another penalty when Crusaders wing Zac Guildford ran 70 metres through two tackles with a blistering turn of pace to score his team's only try in the 37th minute and put the home side 16-10 ahead.

The Hurricanes snatched the advantage back immediately, however, when Smith somehow snaked his way through the defence to score his second try and Barrett converted to send the visitors into the break 17-16 up.

Tom Taylor added another penalty immediately after the restart and his fifth in the 54th minute but Barrett responded with two of his own in the 65th and 72nd minutes to set up the dramatic finale.


15 Sean Maitland, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Richie McCaw (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Owen Franks, 18 Tom Donnelly/Ross Kennedy, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Patrick Osborne.

15 Andre Taylor, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Jack Lam/Karl Lowe, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Reg Goodes

Substitutes: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Karl Lowe/Mark Reddish, 20 Frae Wilson, 21 Tusi Pisi, 22 Jayden Hayward


  • shawn.bruwer - 2012-06-30 11:13

    Bryce Lawrence does it again, Hurricanes played well, but the obstruction try? come on Brycie!! didnt see that, you were right there....

      Flemjob - 2012-06-30 11:31

      He still would have scored. Smith tends to do that. Crusaders looked tired and simply weren't good enough today. Its messed up everyone's Superbru.

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-06-30 11:43

      crusaders het maar net di hurricanes onderskat na di vorige wen met 30??

      shawn.bruwer - 2012-06-30 12:10

      Guys he would not have scored, it was a clear penalty, I am a fan of neither side, so I really could nto care who won, but what I do care about is that poor reffs are allowed to thrive in Super rugby, for the same amount the Cains collapsed a scrum right in front of the poles, when the Saders would have had a deffinate push over try and Brycie did not go for the penalty try, which he should have this guy is a very poor reff and he needs to be stopped, next time he blows one of our games and screws it up because thats what he does. its bad for Rugby.

      Skinfaxi - 2012-07-01 22:20

      That was a shocking reffing, even from BL. Almost as bad as the game the hurricanes won after scoring a try where a player had both feet outside of play. Net result a NZ team that wouldn't have been in the top 6 goes through thanks to a NZ ref. What a laugh.

  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-30 11:13

    Now all the Kroesaders from Kroesader Park is going to say that the Hurricanes is their second team.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-06-30 17:57

      you talking about those kroeskoppe inni kaap that support the kroesaderes??

  • naeem.february - 2012-06-30 11:15

    Cape maori are u okay bra???? Haha

      johann.beets - 2012-06-30 12:08

      Cape is orraait, hy gebruik maar net sy Maori lojaliteite as 'n cover vir wie hy eintlik support...die Kotskonings!

  • slick.hounder - 2012-06-30 11:17

    How frikken corrupt and inept is this Bryce Bastard.... fire/BAN the eejit from top class rugby.... and why is a NZ ref, reffing such an important NZ derby so late in the competition. The Canes played well, but damnnnnnn even they knew the try was dubious....Grrrrr!!!

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-30 11:27

      Always the ref. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      anwar.addinall - 2012-06-30 11:30

      Hey slick, wasn't Brycie voted top NZ ref last year? Dis nou "pluk 'n lat vir jou eie ..........".

      naeem.february - 2012-06-30 11:38

      S0o can u blame us for our anger when we exited it the world cup against auStralia...n0ow u can underStand why we complained about him...but n0o then we heard d0ont blame the reF take thE loosE... But n0ow u complaining bwt thE ref haha Shame...

      ej.smith.589 - 2012-06-30 12:05

      get over it. When Bryce refs the local derby, its corrupt, when Bryce refs between 2 aussie sides its corrupt, when Bryce refs between 2 NZ teams its still corrupt....if Byce ref a game of wheel chair rugby, it might as well still be corrupt.

  • Flemjob - 2012-06-30 11:28

    Here come the Cape Hurricanes.

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-06-30 11:47

      nee hierdie keer gaan dit seker di tsjara mooslemme van di kaap wees, met di currycanes??

  • - 2012-06-30 11:34

    Congratulations to the Hurricanes for beating my Crusaders.You are really the bogey team of this tournament.

  • naeem.february - 2012-06-30 11:40

    S0o can u blame us for our anger when we exited it the world cup against auStralia...n0ow u can underStand why we complained about him...but n0o then we heard d0ont blame the reF take thE loosE... But n0ow u complaining bwt thE ref haha Shame...

      shawn.bruwer - 2012-06-30 12:12

      Agreed this Reff should not be there. Problem is he will reff one of our games again.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-30 14:36

      @neil - think he is practising his Koisan to go with the new City name.

  • cape.maori - 2012-06-30 12:17

    Well done Canes! A well deserved victory. The Saders made tactical blunders due to the pressure from the Canes. It goes without saying that the NZ conference is the strongest. It means the Saders will have to bounce back next week against the Chiefs. Go Crusaders!

      johann.beets - 2012-06-30 12:52

      Watter NZ span support jy in die S15? Ek is oortuig daarvan dis die Crusaders. Of het jou idee van lojaliteit verskuif saam met Money-Bill Williams na Mammie en die Chiefs toe?

  • Jco - 2012-06-30 13:12

    The god's in New Zealand came down tonight! The clubs are empty in Christchurch, all Saders are hiding!

      Press - 2012-06-30 13:58

      Christchurch needed a bit of a shake-up . . . .

  • melt.esterhuizen - 2012-06-30 14:56

    Ek se nog steeds hier kom n Bulls of Sharks vs Stormers eindstryd op Nuweland!!!!! - 2012-06-30 20:35

      Chiefs vs Crusaders-Hamilton

  • christo.dupreez.58 - 2012-06-30 22:30

    goeies, o ja Bryce......i know what you did last summer

  • klark.kent.942 - 2012-06-30 23:17

    Great effort by the Hurricanes it means now that its very likely there will be three nz teams in the semi finals, and the Sharks will miss out. This is the way it should be as the nz competition is the strongest ,and they are playing the best rugby as per normal. Well done to the ref Bryce Laurence

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