Crusaders 19 Hurricanes 12

The Crusaders host the Hurricanes in the last match of the Super 14 for 2006. After nearly 100 matches over three months only the Crusaders and the Hurricanes are still in the competition.


The Crusaders are looking for the their first Super 14 title after winning five Super 12 titles. The Hurricanes have never won a Super rugby title and this is their first appearance in a Super rugby final.


Almost Live match summary



Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)


Conditions – Awful. Really! A fog has come over and the weather report says there is more behind this.


The teams are in the changerooms.


Time: 0.00
6.00
Holwell takes a shot at goal but it goes just under the posts.
10.00
Weepu goes down for the second time.
13.00
Weepu takes a long shot at goal 43m. Its over.
Crusaders 0 Hurricanes 3
20.00
Weepu might be leaving the field. Carter has a kick at goal and the ball goes to the right.
22.00
The conditions are awful. One can’t see as far as the other side of the field.
25.00
The conditions are getting worse.
28.00
Crusaders make a charge for the line but they are blown up for offside.
32.00
Carter has another shot at goal. He gets this one.
35.00
Carter has another shot at goal and gets another one over.
Crusaders 6 Hurricanes 3
40.00
The hooter blows for half time and the teams come in.

It’s half time.
Half time score is Crusaders 6 Hurricanes 3

43.00
Holwell takes another shot at goal and gets it to level the scores.
Crusaders 6 Hurricanes 6
46.00
Carter kicks another penalty.
Crusaders 9 Hurricanes 6
56.00
Gopperth has a shot at goal and it’s over.
Crusaders 9 Hurricanes 9
63.00
Laulala dives over for a try.
Carter converts
Crusaders 16 Hurricanes 9
68.00
Carter kicks a penalty to put the Crusaders 10 points ahead.
70.00
Gopperth slots a penalty
Crusaders 19 Hurricanes 12
80.00
The Hooter goes and Kaplan blows the whistle.


The Crusaders are Super 14 champions.


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Scorers


Crusaders


Tries
Laulala

Conversions
Carter

Penalties
Carter 3

Drop goals



Hurricanes


Tries

Conversions

Penalties
Weepu
Holwell
Gopperth 2

Drop goals


Teams


Crusaders: L MacDonald, R Gear, C Laulala, A Mauger, S Hamilton, D Carter, K Senio; W Crockett, C Flynn, G Somerville, C Jack, R Filipo, R Thorne, R McCaw (capt), M Tuiali’i.
Reserves: C Ralph, C McIntyre, S Brett, T Latimer, J Leo’o, C Johnstone, T Kopelani.


Hurricanes: I Toeava, Lome Fa’atau, M Nonu, T Umaga, S Paku; D Holwell, P Weepu; J Schwalger, A Hore, N Tialata, P Tito, J Eaton, J Collins, C Masoe, R So’oialo (capt).
Reserves: L Mahoney, J McDonnell, L Andrews, T Waldrom, B Haami, J Gopperth, T Ellison.

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