TRY, HURRICANES, PERENARA! 38-20: Hurricanes kept the pressure on and just kept going. Perenara looks to pass the ball and then decides to go on his own to score a good try. The Crusaders are denied the bonus point.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 38-22: Barrett adds on the extras and the Hurricanes have finished they game very differently to how they started it.
FULL-TIME: CRUSADERS 38-22 HURRICANES. Crusaders posted a big lead in the first half and were clinical. Both teams made mistakes in the second half but the Crusaders never looked like they would lose. The Hurricanes managed to score two tries at the end of the game to take away the bonus point from the hosts.
YELLOW CARD! Hunt is sent to the sin bin for being offside and the Hurricanes keep going. They will take this game as deep as they can, they are not giving up.
The Hurricanes are working the ball through a few phases as we are in the final minute of the game. This could be a try for the Hurricanes.
TRY, HURRICANES, LAM! 38-15: Beautiful stepping from the Hurricanes and they break the defence down. Lam runs through to score his second try of the game. Good try for the visitors. Barrett misses the conversion.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, HUNT! 38-10: Hunt makes no mistake with the conversion and the Crusaders push their lead to 28 points with two minutes remaining in the game.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BRIDGE! 36-10: Bridge takes the ball over the line after the lineout and it is a great team try for the Crusaders. They increase their lead to 26 points.
Less than five minutes remaining in the game and the Crusaders kick the penalty to the corner for a lineout. The Hurricanes control the ball but they will concede the penalty as the Crusaders were playing under advantage.
Laumape concedes a penalty for joining the ruck incorrectly and there have been more mistakes from both sides in this half compared to the first.
The Crusaders concede a penalty through Douglas for interference with the scrum half. The Hurricanes kick it to the corner for a lineout.
Laumape replaces Aso for the Hurricanes and that should be the final replacement of this game. We are in the final 10 minutes.
A penalty conceded by Ben May for not rolling away from the ruck. The Crusaders are 21 points ahead and have the bonus point even after the two tries from the Hurricanes.
TRY, HURRICANES, GOOSEN! 31-10: The TMO is checking the grounding here and Goosen scores the try and it was Garden-Bachop who set it up. The conversion is missed as Barrett drags it wide.
As play goes on, Jordie Barrett has gone down and is staying down. He joins the line but he is limping around. The Crusaders concede a penalty for a dangerous tackle.
The Crusaders are chasing their 17th straight win today, and they look like they will get there.
The last team that the Crusaders lost to at home was the Hurricanes in 2016. But the Crusaders have really strong and composed today. Mataele is going off the field after a knee injury. A short break in play.
The pace of the game has slowed down as we go into the final quarter and the Crusaders make a few mistakes. The bench players for the Hurricanes are having an impact.
Mataele has stayed down on the right wing after a tackle. He is getting some medical attention as the referee keeps the play on.
Romano concedes a penalty for obstruction and there are a few replacements coming up for both sides. Perenara comes on for Christie for the Hurricanes.
Numia is caught offside and the Crusaders fail to find touch with the penalty kick. Barrett collects it and makes some ground for the Hurricanes.
Kirifi is back on the field after the HIA. Crusaders with a strong scrum and they win a penalty from it. It was they Hurricanes who chose to have the scrum.
Another penalty conceded by the Crusaders for not rolling away. The Hurricanes are looking to attack more and the Crusaders making a few mistakes.
A slightly harsh penalty against Taufua for not rolling away from the ruck. He was trying his best to get the ball for a clearance kick. Hurricanes are on the attack.
Another penalty to the Hurricanes as the Crusaders concede it for hands in the ruck.
A scrum on the halfway line for the Hurricanes and they win a penalty from the scrum.
Jordie Barrett misses the conversion and the score will remain on 31-5.
TRY, HURRICANES, LAM! 31-5: First big run from the Hurricanes as Smith passes the ball to Lam, who powers through tackles. Proctor carries the ball, then Lam comes back to score the try amid a heap of tacklers. Hurricanes will need a few more of these.
Kirifi is going off for a HIA. He is going to be checked out after a tackle.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 31-0: Mo'unga kicking with the wind and he slots it in to add on the extras. The Crusaders are dominating the game.
Prinsep concedes a penalty for not releasing the ball.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BARRETT! 29-0: Barrett, with a lot of power, just goes through the defence after the lineout and scores the try. The Crusaders have picked up where they left off in the first half.
HALF-TIME: CRUSADERS 24-0 HURRICANES. Crusaders have not capitalised on all their chances but have played superbly well to score four tries and take a big lead after the first half. Hurricanes soaked up some pressure at the start, but kept making mistakes and could not score a single point. Crusaders will have the wind with them in the second half.
The second half beings, Hurricanes get us underway.
TRY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 22-0: Relentless from the Crusaders, who just keep attacking. Douglas with a nice pass and then Mo'unga reaches and stretches to score the try. Brilliant play from the hosts.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 24-0: Mo'unga converts his own try and the half-time siren goes off just after his kick. It has been all Crusaders in the first half.
The Crusaders go for the scrum rather than an easy penalty. They will look for a try, they are very close to uprights.
Mo'unga kicks the penalty to the corner for a lineout. Crusaders just keep attacking with a few minutes remaining in the first half. A rare mistake from the lineout, but the Crusaders manage to get the ball back.
Mitchell knocks the ball on and everyone on the field will like a moment to breathe. It has been a fast game with a lot of skill. There will be a few tired bodies out there.
The Crusaders are playing under advantage because the Hurricanes knocked the ball on. Hurricanes scramble to clear the ball but they manage to kick it deep. Crusaders on the run again.
The Crusaders are working the ball through a few phases, but the Hurricanes manage to turn it over. A poor pass and Crusaders are on the attack again.
We are in the final 10 minutes of the first half and it has been a busy and exciting game. Crusaders looked strong initially and now they are totally dominating the game.
TRY, CRUSADERS, TAUFUA! 15-0: This could be another try, the on-field decision is a try and the TMO is checking this. The Crusaders with a strong run from the left now and the speed and accuracy is spot on. Havili with the initial work and then Bridge takes the forward. Taufua scores the try, a good team try.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 17-0: Mo'unga makes no mistake this time and pushes the score to 17-0. The Crusaders have the bonus point too.
Try awarded. The conversion is missed again, so the score will remain on 10-0. Two tries, neither of them converted by the Crusaders.
TRY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 10-0: The on-field decision is a try but the TMO will check if Mataele is in touch there. Great work from Mataele, who puts in a brilliant run and then passes the ball to Mo'unga as he goes down. Mo'unga goes all the way to score the try.
A penalty won by the Crusaders and Kirifi concedes it for hands in the ruck. Hurricanes are having a stop-start game today, failing to find their usual rhythm.
A knock on from Christie and it is these small mistakes that are causing problems for the Hurricanes. Crusaders win a scrum, in their own half.
Hurricanes manage to bring the ball out from the scrum and Smith clears it deep. Bridge concedes a penalty for not releasing the ball. Jordie Barrett kicks it to the corner for a deep lineout.
Mataele runs through a gap on the left flank and some good work from Jordie Barrett stops the Crusaders on the Hurricanes 22.
Another poor lineout throw and the Crusaders are on the run again. Proctor with a timely intercept but he loses his footing and then gets tackled. The score remains on 5-0.
Another turnover ball as the Crusaders win a Hurricanes lineout. The visitors won the toss and decided to play with the wind so they knew they had to start better. Crusaders have looked clinical today.
Hurricanes win a penalty as Douglas collapses the maul. They have a good chance to kick but they go for a lineout.
The Crusaders have not been beaten at home in nearly three years so the Hurricanes will need to play at their best today.
It is a big physical contest out there as Jordie Barrett looks to carry the ball. Hurricanes are not winning the little battles out there today. Crusaders looking strong.
The conversion is missed by Mo'unga and he fails to add on the extras.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BARRETT! 5-0: Crusaders on the attack, they are very nearly there. Crusaders look for a gap after the lineout and then they push the ball wide on the left. Barrett goes over the line after a couple of chances. First try of the game.
Hurricanes are playing better now and Fletcher Smith kicks the ball deep but it goes all the way over the dead ball line and they will come back for a scrum in the middle.
The scrum is reset and the Hurricanes win a penalty from it. Good work from the Hurricanes after the early mistakes.
A bit of a let off for the Hurricanes as the Crusaders lineout is not straight. The visitors have a scrum and will look to clear the ball quickly.
Big early drive from the Crusaders after the lineout. Hurricanes are under pressure here. Crusaders win a penalty for Proctor being offside.
Kick-off! The first half begins as Crusaders kick us off. Ben O'Keefe is the referee today.
Advantage Crusaders straightaway as the Hurricanes have a lineout deep in their own half. Barrett with the eventual clearance kick but that does not go far. Crusaders lineout on the Hurricanes 22.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes from the Christchurch Stadium.
CRUSADERS: David Havili, Manasa Mataele, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Whetu Douglas, Matt Todd (c), Jordan Taufua, Quinten Strange, Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody
Reserves: Ben Funnell, Harry Allen, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Tom Sanders, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, Braydon Ennor
HURRICANES: Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen, Matt Proctor, Vince Aso, Ben Lam, Fletcher Smith, Finlay Christie, Gareth Evans, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Liam Mitchell, James Blackwell, Jeff Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles (c), Chris Eves
Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Xavier Numia, Ben May, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Sam Henwood, TJ Perenara, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Ngani Laumape
All Blacks welfare protocols have forced the Hurricanes and Crusaders to field weaker teams today.
Halfback TJ Perenara and inside centre Ngani Laumape are on the bench while flanker Ardie Savea is omitted altogether. Savea has a minor knee problem but New Zealand Rugby are not taking any chances in a World Cup year.
The Crusaders have named a relatively settled side, making just one starting change. Jack Goodhue comes into the side for Braydon Ennor, who impressed in last week's game against the Blues.
All Blacks forwards Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Codie Taylor have been rested today.
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