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Crusaders end winning home run for Hurricanes

Fri 29th Mar

The record run of home victories for the Hurricanes was ended by the two-time defending Super Rugby champion Crusaders after they won Friday night's Super Rugby match at Westpac Stadium 32-8.

After 13 home wins in a row, the Hurricanes headed into the match with the same number of points as the Crusaders as they looked to go to the top of the Super Rugby table.

It was not be, however, as the Crusaders took their chances with ruthless effect.

Despite dominating territory and possession early in the match it was the Hurricanes who found themselves behind after two kicks ended with the visitors scoring two tries.

The Hurricanes came back into it well, though, scoring a try through Ngani Laumape after Matt Todd was yellow carded for impeding TJ Perenara.

Behind 14-8 the Hurricanes unfortunately conceded a penalty just before the break although a 17-8 deficit was not overly concerning.

However, an intercept pass led to a Crusaders try early in the second half and they closed out the match with sheer determination as their defensive line held strong.

There were some positives for the Hurricanes with their set piece operating really well, especially the scrum.

Crusaders 32 (David Havili 2, Will Jordan, Braydon Ennor tries; Richie Mo'unga 3 con, 2 pen) Hurricanes 8 (Ngani Laumape try; Jordie Barrett pen). HT: 17-8.

 

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