Published: Mon, July 01, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Crusaders 30 - 26 Hurricanes - Match Report & Highlights

Crusaders 30 - 26 Hurricanes - Match Report & Highlights

The Crusaders will now await the arrival of the Jaguares, who will run out in their first ever Super Rugby final after demolishing the Brumbies in Argentina.

The Canterbury Crusaders confirmed a Super Rugby final against the Jaguares with a 30-26 victory in a bruising cliff-hanger semi-final against the Wellington Hurricanes in Christchurch on Saturday.

Following the completion of the semi-finals the finalists for the 2019 Super Rugby tournament have been confirmed by SANZAAR in accordance with the tournament rules. But when the Hurricanes held onto the ball and attacked the defensive line the match turned into a thrilling exhibition of tit-for-tat scoring.

In the end, the Crusaders showed how hard it is to beat them at home.

Mo'unga scored 20 points, while winger Sevu Reece scored a double to push him clear as the competition's leading try-scorer with 15.

The visitors were a different proposition in the second half and a neat pass from Perenara saw Lam cross in the corner a minute after the break to cut the deficit to a point at 13-12.

Aside from their injuries, prop Joe Moody and flyhalf Richie Mo'unga were nursing sore shoulders, but both are expected to be fit next week - as is battle-scarred flank Matt Todd.

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The Jaguares will travel to New Zeland with a genuine belief that they can knock the tournament's most decorated team off their perch after having scored 77 points in their playoff games and only having conceded 20.

The two juggernauts then exchanged blows, Crusaders No 10 Richie Mo'unga crossing before Laumape, cleverly using his chest to control the bouncing ball, responded to score his second.

But the Crusaders' march into the finals may have come at a price, with a question mark over injured All Blacks Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett.

Skipper Sam Whitelock said halting the Hurricanes' suite of attacking players was problematic. "You've got to make sure you really enjoy it and get yourself in the best position to play your best game, because that's what it's going to take", he said.

Hurricanes counterpart Dane Coles said his team's theme in the build-up was simply to never give up.

"I'm proud of the bloody effort because everyone was writing us off".

"For us, we've got to focus on the week ahead. So I'm proud of the ticker but gutted that we lost".

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