The Hurricanes celebrated two major milestones in style at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night, beating the defending Investec Super Rugby champion Crusaders 29-19.
In front of the biggest crowd the club has attracted for their first home match in a decade, the Hurricanes gave Beauden Barrett and Ben May even more reason to enjoy a special night with a performance fitting the occasion.
Barrett, who brought up his 100th match for the Hurricanes, and May, who made his 100th Super Rugby appearance, were presented with commemorative greenstone mere by New Zealand Rugby after the match while the pair got to enjoy the company of a large gathering or friends and family who were there to share the moment.
The Hurricanes certainly delivered a start worthy of the occasion as they dominated the match from the outset with some outstanding play in the opening half hour.
Off the back of a tough travel schedule to start the competition, the Hurricanes were the side who brought the energy in their attacking game as they ran in four tries in the first half, including some superb long range efforts.
The Hurricanes had the crowd of 20,144 on their feet on numerous occasions in the first half as they attacked from all areas of the park using some of the most potent players in the competition.
Tries to prop Chris Eves, who had an outstanding all-round game, vice-captain TJ Perenara, wing Ben Lam, who displayed his devastating pace, and Matt Proctor had the Hurricanes in a prime position before the Crusaders struck back just before the break.
Still, the Hurricanes soaked up long periods of Crusaders pressure in the second half to have the final say when Jordie Barrett landed a long-range penalty to give them a 10-point buffer and a well deserved win.
The victory continued the Hurricanes impressive record over the Crusaders in recent years having beaten them in Wellington every year since 2012.
The Hurricanes now have a bye week before they face the Highlanders in Wellington on Saturday, March 24.
Hurricanes 29 (Chris Eves, TJ Perenara, Ben Lam, Matt Proctor tries; Beauden Barrett 3 con, Jordie Barrett pen) Crusaders 19 (Manasa Mataele, Jordan Taufua, Michael Alaalatoa tries; Mitchell Hunt 3 con). HT: 26-12.