Live updates: Super Rugby Aotearoa - Hurricanes v Crusaders in Wellington

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Hurricanes 25 Crusaders 39

Second half

Crusaders 39 (Reece, Ennor, Goodhue, Mo'unga & Havili tries; Mo'unga 4 conversions & 2 penalties) Hurricanes 25 (Aumua try, Garden-Bachop conversion, 5 penalties & drop goal)

39th minute: One last attacking chance for the Crusaders with a lineout five metres out. The siren sounds and they find touch to end the match, claiming their first win in the revamped Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

37th minute: Booth replaces Garden-Bachop, so Perenara moves out to first-five for the Hurricanes.

35th minute: TRY to Havili

Bridge again challenges the Hurricanes defence and when he's tackled, Drummond finds Havili charging through a gap to score untouched.

Mo'unga converts, Crusaders 39-25.

33rd minute: Jordan splits the Hurricanes defence and Drummond kicks to the corner, forcing the Hurricanes to scramble for touch. Attacking lineout for the Crusaders.

30th minute: Crusaders are penalised at the breakdown and Hurricanes kick for an attacking lineout.

Savea passes infield to Laumape, but he spills the ball and Crusaders find touch near halfway.

28th minute: TRY to Mo'unga

From a scrum, Bridge chips ahead and although van Wyk tidies up, he tries to pass infield as he's herded to the touchline. Drummond is on hand to snaffle the loose ball and finds Mo'unga, who dives over.

Romano enters the game for the Crusaders, as Mo'unga converts his try from the sideline.

26th minute: Fidow replaces Lomax in the Hurricanes front row.

23rd minute: TRY to Aumua

Lam charges towards the left corner and when the ball goes left again, Laumape gives Aumua the overlap to score the Hurricanes' first try.

Garden-Bachop's wobbly sideline conversion is somehow successful to level the scores.

22nd minute: Crusaders penalised at the breakdown and Hurricanes clear. Mitch Drummond replaces Hall at halfback for Crusaders, while Van Wyk replaces Goosen on the Hurricanes wing.

20th minute: Hurricanes win the lineout against the throw and break clear, with Aso eventually kicking ahead, but into touch on the full.

19th minute: Hurricanes are penalised - again - at the breakdown. This is becoming monotonous.

Mo'unga kicks to the corner for an attacking lineout.

17th minute: Hurricanes are penalised for a lifting tackle - Blackwell and Aumua are the culprits - and Mo'unga extends the lead by three points, Crusaders 25-18.

15th minute: Hurricanes are penalised on halfway, as Goodhue rejoins the game and Ethan Blackadder replaces Whetu Douglas. Scott Scrafton replaces Fifita in the Hurricanes second row.

14th minute: Bower replaces Moody in the Crusaders front row. Billy Proctor for Tiatia at fullback for the Hurricanes.

11th minute: From a scrum, Garden-Bachop finds Tiatia with a cut-out pass, but when he is tackled, his pass spills forward.

10th minute: Ben May and Asofa Aumua enter the game for the Hurricanes, with Armstrong and Coles departing.

Ninth minute: Hurricanes penalised in midfield for not releasing in a tackle. Mo'unga will take a shot at goal to burn up time, with Goodhue still in the sin bin.

Mo'unga is successful from in front, Crusaders 22-18.

Seventh minute: From a midfield breakdown, Hall launches an attack and Mo'unga kicks ahead, with the ball barely beating Bridge to the deadball line.

Fifth minute: Tiatia makes a break from his own 22 and finds Aso in support. Crusaders scramble to stop the attack, but eventually win a clearing penalty in midfield.

Third minute: Hurricanes launch an attack, but when they are stopped, Pickerill penalises the Crusaders and shows a yellow card to Goodhue.

Crusaders are now a man short for 10 minutes and Garden-Bachop kicks his fifth penalty of the match, Crusaders 19-18.

Second minute: Hurricanes win the second scrum of the game and Goosen hoofs downfield, where the bounce eludes the Crusaders defence. They eventually concede a penalty, which Perenara kicks to the corner.

First minute: Ennor is off with a hamstring injury, so David Havili slots into the Crusaders midfield.

Lineout troubles continue, with Crusaders feed rule crooked.

First half

Crusaders 19 (Reece, Ennor & Goodhue tries; Mo'unga 2 conversions) Hurricanes 15 (Garden-Bachop 4 penalties & drop goal)

40th minute: Perenara tries to take a quick tap and eventually finds touch to end the half.

38th minute: From an attacking lineout, the Crusaders draw a penalty and Mo'unga points to the posts. He hooks his kick.

36th minute: From an attacking lineout, Garden-Bachop breaks the defensive line, but fails to pass to his support five metres out. Crusaders infringe again, they're penalised and warned by Pickerill.

Garden-Bachop kicks his fourth penalty, Crusaders 19-15.

34th minute: Perenara has passed his HIA and re-enters the game.

31st minute: TRY to Goodhue

Crusaders recover their own kickoff through Joe Moody, who finds Jordan steaming up in support. When he is tackled, Jordan passes off the ground to Goodhue, who dives over between the posts.

Mo'unga converts, Crusaders 19-12.

30th minute: Drop goal to Garden-Bachop.

Clever interplay between, Lam, Aso and Coles down the left, but Aso's final pass to Coles goes to touch.

Hurricanes steal the lineout and playing under advantage again, Garden-Bachop pots the goal to level scores.

29th minute: Reece makes plenty of metres into Hurricanes territory, but Crusaders turn the ball over.

27th minute: Hurricanes are playing under penalty advantage from the scrum, but Laumape kicks wide to Goosen. When the ball comes back infield, the Hurricanes lose control and are awarded the penalty in front of the posts.

Garden-Bachop kicks his third penalty to narrow the margin, Crusaders 12-9.

24th minute: Goodhue is whistled for not releasing Tiatia in a tackle - it's inside the Crusaders half, but Garden-Bachop kicks to the corner.

Hurricanes overthrow to the lineout, but Crusaders knock on, gifting an attacking scrum.

23rd minute: Perenara leaves the field for what appears to be a head assessment. Jamie Booth replaces him.

20th minute: Goodhue makes ground down the right, but turns the ball over. Garden-Bachop's clearing kick is charged down, but dribbles dead.

Perenara is slow to find his feet.

17th minute: Ben Lam is bundled out a metre short of the tryline, but Pickerill is playing advantage and awards the Hurricanes a penalty in midfield. Garden-Bachop slots it, Crusaders 12-6.

13th minute: TRY to Baydon Ennor

Mo'unga, Jordan and Reece tease the Hurricanes defence, before the forwards take over and drive towards the line.

Under advantage, Hall kicks to the corner and Ennor forces for the try. Mo'unga's conversion attempt from the sideline grazes the left upright and stays out.

12th minute: Mo'unga kicks across the field for Reece, who makes ground into Hurricanes territory.

11th minute: Crusaders win an attacking lineout, but Taylor is penalised for leaving his feet at the breakdown, so Hurricanes clear.

Ninth minute: Hurricanes steal an attacking lineout throw inside their own 22 and when their clearing kick is charged down, Perenara pounces on the ball and makes 50 metres up the sideline.

Sixth minute: Aso makes a break down the right and finds Tiatia inside. Eventually Laumape spills the ball, but Pickerill has pinged the Crusaders defence and Garden-Bachop slots a penalty from midfield. Crusaders 7-3.

Fifth minute: Hurricanes again struggle at the lineout, barely winning their second throw.

First minute: Jackson Garden-Bachop kicks off for the Hurricanes and Bryn Hall clears for the Crusaders.

TRY to Sevu Reece

Hurricanes lose their first lineout of the match and Sam Whitelock makes the initial break in midfield, before Reece and Codie Taylor interpass, with Taylor returning the pass for his winger to score in the corner.

Mo'unga converts from the sideline.


No late changes to either side, with kickoff approaching. Weather looks chilly in the capital, but the rain has held off - it's windy (go figure).

Brendon Pickerill will referee the game.


Kia ora, good afternoon and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Super Rugby Aotearoa clash between the Hurricanes and Crusaders at Wellington's 'Cake Tin'.

Neither team has chalked up a win in the revamped competition, since it emerged from the coronavirus lockdown. The Hurricanes fell to the Blues at Eden Park seven days ago, while the three-time Super Rugby champion Crusaders drew the bye on opening weekend.

The rivals did not meet before the coronavirus shutdown and last faced off in last season's semifinals, where the Crusaders prevailed 30-26 en route to their third straight title.

Before the season was suspended, the southerners sat third on the competition table with five wins and one loss, seemingly on course, despite losing several All Blacks after last year's World Cup.

Live updates: Super Rugby Aotearoa - Hurricanes v Crusaders in Wellington

With the Japanese season cancelled, former captain Sam Whitelock comes back to the roster, but even with new skipper Scott Barrett sidelined, he misses out on the leadership role, which passes to hooker Codie Taylor for this match.

For the Hurricanes, All Blacks star Ardie Savea is promoted to the starting line-up, after returning from injury off the bench against the Blues last week.

Fringe international Vaea Fifita returns to the second row, but utility back Jordie Barrett misses his second game, with Chase Tiatia retained at fullback.

Blues dedicate win to killed police officer Matthew Hunt

The Blues have dedicated their 24-12 Super Rugby Aotearoa win over the Chiefs to fallen police officer Constable Matthew Hunt.

Hunt was shot and killed in the line of duty on Friday, while carrying out a routine traffic stop in the Auckland suburb of Massey.

Five days earlier, the 28-year-old was among the sellout crowd during the Blues' 30-20 win over the Hurricanes at Eden Park.

As a mark of respect, the Blues wore black armbands against the Chiefs, securing their first win in Hamilton since 2011. 

In a social media post, the Blues said: "Dedicated to Constable Matthew Hunt."

Constable Matthew Hunt & Blues forward Akira Ioane
Constable Matthew Hunt & Blues forward Akira Ioane. Photo credit: Supplied/Photosport

Hunt, who grew up on the Hibiscus Coast, north of Auckland, had always dreamed of being a police officer and was passionate about sport. 

Fullback Beauden Barrett paid his respects to the family in an interview with Sky Sport.

"It's absolutely tragic and condolences to his family," he explained. "We were aware he was at our game last week and he planned to come next week, so we wore the black armband for him. 

"I want to thank all the brave policemen and women out there doing their best in the communities to look after us and keep us safe."

Captain Patrick Tuipulotu echoed Barrett's comments. 

"Word came to us that he actually attended our last game at Eden Park, so for something tragic like that to happen is pretty close to our hearts, being a Blues supporter and especially being on the front-line, looking after us," Tuipulotu told Sky Sport.

"It's close for us. We've got to move on, but prayers go out to his family and the police force doing it hard."

The Blues sit top the Super Rugby Aotearoa standings and return to Eden Park next weekend to face the Highlanders.