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Hurricanes v Crusaders - Live
80 They've done it. The Hurricanes hold on with pick and goes to win a real tussle in Wellington. Two tries from Thomson were huge as they prevail 16-9.
79 Outstanding from sub Reggie Goodes as he pounces on the ball at ruck time. The Hurricanes will now go to the line-out 25 from their own line. Huge throw-in.
77 Back come the Crusaders immediately though, and they have a penalty after referee Mike Fraser says Thrush is offside. Midfield scrum then, fifteen metres out.
75 Just wide, crucially, from Barrett on the touchline.
74 TRY, HURRICANES, THOMSON. 16-9. Out of nothing, the 'Canes have scored from distance. Proctor looked in trouble on his own 22 but he did well before Jane grubbered ahead and Thomson got it and raced over!
71 Carter takes a shot to nothing from distance as he lets fly a long-range drop-goal. Wide, so the home side will restart from their 22 before the 'Canes throw in on the Crusaders ten-metre. Such tension.
67 The Hurricanes will feel hard done to there as two knock-ons from the Crusaders are missed but their one is spotted. The visitors survive and kick on.
65 Yet another breathless passage as the Crusaders looked nailed on to score before a big hit sees possession go to ground and Barrett kick on. It results in Tuitavake being offside from a knock forward so Barrett pushes the ball up to the 22.
62 Great work from Ardie Savea though saves the home side's skin for now as he pounces on Read at the breakdown. Barrett clears as Broadhurst comes on, replacing Shields, before the line-out is stolen. This is poor from the Hurricanes. 'Saders 20 out.
59 It was a good result, it isn't now as the Hurricanes are penalised at that scrum, which allows Carter to kick up to the home ten-metre. Their tails are up.
56 Good result for Barrett and the 'Canes though after a tough patch as Taylor spills a high tester so it is a home scrum 30 out. Matu'u comes on for Coles.
54 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 11-9. Savea holds on in his scramble back to reclaim the ball on his own 22 so up steps Slade for his final act. Carter is on.
52 What a passage now as Coles shows his pace before a chip over the top sees him regather 30 out and then offload to Perenara. However, the nine cannot hold it and that leads to the Crusaders breaking. Wow.
50 Huge impact from Parkes on Slade as the latter cops a shoulder while making a tackle. He's OK though as play restarts with a Crusaders put-in 30 from their own line. Funnell, Owen Franks and Heinz come on.
48 A bit messy on halfway here before we'll reset with a Hurricanes scrum. Before that though, here comes Read to replace Taufua. How will he change things?
46 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 11-6. This time they take the points, as an early tackle sees the ten convert.
44 Bateman is now pinged for a high tackle but the visitors turn down three points, instead tapping. That backfires as they are repelled to within 30.
42 A mistake from Tim Batemen though coughs up the ball and ground as he puts the ball out on the full. The Crusaders have it then, edging to within 20 metres.
41 Welcome back to coverage of this key Super Rugby clash in Wellington. Carter and Read still wait, with the Hurricanes in possession on halfway.
Half-time: Hurricanes 11-3 Crusaders
39 Huge scrum from the Crusaders on a home put-in just 20 metres from their own line sees them win a vital turnover. They won't rush it as the clock ticks on. Remember, Kieran Read and Dan Carter are impact men.
36 Leiua and Vito watch on from the sidelines remember and it looked like Taufua was about to join them as he went down with a knee issue. He recovers though to pack down for a Hurricanes scrum 40 metres out.
34 A bit of spice thrown in to the 'Cake Tin' now as Coles and Ellis have a come together on the floor. Cue a mass push and shove with play restarting for the Crusaders, who have a relieving penalty ten out.
33 Incredible running from Barrett now as the 'Canes take a quick lineout in their 22 that leads to the fly-half slicing through several attempted tacklers up to halfway. 'Canes ball again soon after, 30 out.
30 Barrett is off-target with that touchline attempt.
28 TRY, HURRICANES, THOMSON. 11-3. Rare ball for the Crusaders that saw them chuck it around on halfway before grubbering to Savea. He kicks ahead before quick ball on the left finds the lock for the try!
25 PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT. 6-3. At last a bit of reward for the home side after Crusader Taufua is offside from Taylor attempting to gather. Points!
22 More joy for the 'Canes but with no points on the board as J Savea bounces off tackles on the left before A Savea almost grounds. Crusaders survive.
20 Almost a try for the Hurricanes as Barrett charges down a kick but then can't ground before the ball goes dead. After a TMO check play restarts with a Crusaders drop-out. Todd is now back from the bin.
18 The 'Canes are now just fifteen metres out as yet another strong passage involving their tight five leads to metres being made. Chance for wing Savea?
12 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE. 3-3. We are level here after the 'Canes show no clear release in a tackle.
9 PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT. 3-0. Easy points for the fly-half but only after Leiua now hobbles off.
8 YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS, TODD! A blow for the 'Canes though before a line-out as Victor Vito hobbles off, replaced by Jack Lam. However, Todd's yellow card possibly turns home frowns into a few mini smirks.
7 But that's great defensive work from Dane Coles and then Brad Shields over the top to win a relieving penalty. Play is now on the 'Saders' 22, home ball.
5 Poor discipline from the Hurricanes as they take out Matt Todd at line-out time, handing easy metres to Slade and the Crusaders. Line-out coming on the 22.
3 An early penalty miss from distance for Barrett as he drags one to his left from distance. That came after Slade was offside from a territorial effort.
1 Here we go then with Barrett kicking off to his left where the Crusaders collect and clear...in the end.
The 'Canes, meanwhile, name a typically devastating backline, with Cory Jane and Julian Savea on the wings, Leuia in midfield and Beauden Barrett at fly-half. Young Ardie Savea continues to make waves on the openside, while Jeremy Thrush captains the side from the second-row.
The All Blacks are back in action for the Crusaders - this team is certainly different to the one trounced by England. Richie McCaw is out but Matt Todd plays openside, while Sam Whitelock, Colin Slade and Ryan Crotty all start, and a certain D.Carter is on the bench.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of what promises to be a cracking Super Rugby encounter between two of the tournament's most exciting teams. An Alapati Leiua try stunned the Crusaders in Christchurch last time around - they'll be desperate for revenge as the playoffs beckon.
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