BNZ Crusaders secure 17th straight victory with win over the Hurricanes
- Created: 23 February 2019
The BNZ Crusaders have made it an Investec Super Rugby record of 17 straight wins, with a comprehensive 38-22 win over the Hurricanes in Christchurch.
The thrilling victory broke the Crusaders previous best winning run of 16 straight games which was recorded between 2005-2006, and took the defending champions to the top of the New Zealand conference after two rounds.
The game was won with the BNZ Crusaders playing into a stiff breeze in the first half. Scott Robertson’s side dominated 72 percent of possession and kept the ball alive with an impressive offloading game to completely shut the visitors out of the game and take a 24-0 lead at halftime.
The scoring was opened by Crusaders lock Scott Barrett who crossed following a Hurricanes error close to the line. While the first try came courtesy of Crusaders defensive pressure, the second was created by a remarkable assist from wing Manasa Mataele.
Getting the ball on the short side, Mataele was seemingly bundled into touch, but a flick infield landed in the arms of Richie Mo’unga who ran in for the try.
The Hurricanes were stunned from the corresponding kick off as the Crusaders broke out from deep in their own half with Jordan Taufua finishing off the 80 metre movement, which featured great touches from David Havili and George Bridge.
There is perhaps no more dangerous side in Super Rugby late in the half than the Crusaders. They proved it once again with a try in the 39th minute, Mo’unga’s second.
The second half began in the same manner as the first with a try to Scott Barrett. The Hurricanes defence couldn’t cope with the Crusaders quick ball movement from the line out and Barrett was too strong close to the line.
A promising final 30 minutes saw the Hurricanes cross for four tries to deny the Crusaders a bonus point.
Last year’s top try scorer Ben Lam crossed for a double to show that he will be a big threat again in 2019, while TJ Perenara made an impact with a try in overtime to deny the Crusaders a bonus point.
The Hurricanes will be hoping to get the services of All Blacks Beauden Barrett, Ardie Savea and Vaea Fifita back for their first home game of the season next week against the Brumbies. Next up for the BNZ Crusaders they travel to Brisbane to take on a Reds side that pushed the Highlanders to the brink at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday night.
Scorers: BNZ Crusaders 38 (Scott Barrett 2, Jordan Taufua, George Bridge tries, Richie Mo’unga 2 tries, 3 con, Mitchell Hunt con) Hurricanes 22 (Ben Lam 2, Wes Goosen, TJ Perenara tries, Jordie Barret con). HT: 24-0
Match report courtesy of www.superrugby.co.nz