Super Rugby: Hurricanes beat Crusaders in Christchurch

Last Updated: 28/03/14 11:00am

  • Share:

Sky Bet

Alapati Leiua's spectacular late try secured the Hurricanes a tense 29-26 bonus-point win over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Leiua crossed in the 74th minute to settle a see-saw contest after Faifili Levave, TJ Perenara and Julian Savea had also gone over for the Hurricanes with Beauden Barrett booting nine points.

Johnny McNicholl responded with two tries for the Crusaders while Colin Slade also registered a score and Tom Taylor added 11 points with the boot.

Barrett kicked the Hurricanes ahead in the seventh minute and it was 10-0 three minutes later as Savea brushed aside the challenge of Kieran Read and offloaded to Levave who crossed in the corner. Barrett added the extras.

The Crusaders got on the board through Taylor but the Hurricanes had their second try moments later as they drove forward from a lineout and Perenara scored from the resulting ruck.

Barrett once again slotted the conversion and the Hurricanes had a commanding 17-3 lead after just 21 minutes.

In danger

The Crusaders were in danger of getting blown away but crossed for their first try before the half hour when McNicholl pounced on Ryan Crotty's grubber kick with Taylor converting.

And they had the lead before the break as, after several good phases, Slade slung the ball out to McNicholl for his second try and Taylor, despite missing the conversion, nailed a second penalty minutes later to make it 18-17.

That advantage would not last long, though, and the second half was just three minutes old when Savea touched down after chasing down his own kick with Barrett converting.

Slade narrowed the gap to just a point as he went over out wide and when Taylor booted his third penalty of the game with 15 minutes to go the lead had changed hands again.

But Leiua was to have the final say in stunning fashion as he gathered the ball around halfway and used his pace to beat four prospective tacklers before crashing over for the deciding score.

  • Share:


Super Rugby 2014 Round 7

Bernard Foley: Could only give Waratahs a late consolation

Sharks bite wavering Waratahs

The Sharks extended their lead at the Super Rugby summit with a 32-10 victory over an undisciplined Waratahs side.

Gareth Anscombe: Touched down late as the Chiefs came from behind to draw

Chiefs claim late Bulls draw

The Bulls held champions Chiefs to a 34-34 draw in a thrilling Super Rugby affair at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Quade Cooper: Kicked 17 points to see the Reds to victory

Reds repel spirited Stormers

Queensland Reds held off a late surge from the Stormers to claim a 22-17 victory at the Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Most Popular


On Soccer Saturday...

On Soccer Saturday...

Join Jeff Stelling and the boys for another action-packed Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports.

Best centre-back?

Best centre-back?

Terry, Kompany, Koscielny, Skrtel? Who is the best central defender in the Premier League?

Aus' Road to the final

Aus' Road to the final

Here's how Australia reached Sunday's final after losing to New Zealand in the World Cup Group stages...