Saders secure home play-off
- 12 Jul 2013
The Crusaders will host a play-off qualifier next weekend after beating the Hurricanes 25-17 in Christchurch.
The result means the Crusaders will finish fourth in the overall standings, as they failed to bag the bonus point required to move above the Chiefs in the New Zealand conference.
The teams scored a try apiece in the first half but Dan Carter's accuracy from the kicking tee gave the Crusaders a 13-5 lead at half-time.
The Hurricanes kept the pressure on in the second half though tries from Brad Shields and Julian Savea, and the game went down to the wire with the sides separated by a single point for much of the final period.
Tom Marshall's kick and chase saw him dive over with two minutes to go to seal victory.
Crusaders – Tries: Zac Guildford, Andy Ellis, Tom Marshall. Conversions: Dan Carter (2). Penalties: Carter (2).
Hurricanes – Tries: Victor Vito, Brad Shields, Julian Savea. Conversion: André Taylor.
Crusaders – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Jimmy Tupou, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Telusa Veainu.
Hurricanes – 15 James Marshall, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Conrad Smith (c), 12 Reynold Lee-Lo, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Ben Franks.
Subs: 16 Reggie Goodes, 17 John Schwalger, 18 Blade Thomson, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Ope Peleseuma, 22 Andre Taylor.
Photo: Simon Watts/Getty Images
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