Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Battered Crusaders prepare for 'brutal' Jaguares

Battered Crusaders prepare for 'brutal' Jaguares

The Crusaders were dominant early in the first half Saturday, taking a 13-0 lead as the Hurricanes squandered possession with thoughtless kicking.

The Jaguares will face the Crusaders next Saturday in what promises to be a blockbuster final.

"They're important players for us", Robertson following the win over Hurricanes.

The hosts broke out to a fast start, going up by three points in as many minutes, before a brilliant cross kick from Ryan Crotty found winger Sevu Reece in the corner for the opening try of the match in the 13th minute.

The Hurricanes would not lie down, however, and were again back within a point of their hosts at 20-19 after Coles knocked the ball loose in a tackle and Laumape raced after it, chested it across the tryline and touched down.

With two minutes on the clock, the Hurricanes were in position to launch an attack, but a knock on called against Perenara put an end to their hopes.

Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock was concerned with how many of his side would be available for next week's final.

"The Hurricanes scored one and then all of a sudden the floodgates opened".

Ryan Crotty's ideal cross-kick dropped into the path of Sevu Reece for the opening Crusaders' try, with Ngani Laumape's response on the stroke of half-time leaving the hosts with a 13-7 advantage.

Robertson says one indication that Mo'unga is good to go is the fact that he finished the game well.

The Hurricanes scored through winger Ben Lam immediately after the re-start but flyhalf Beauden Barrett missed a conversion which would have given his team their first lead.

Brumbies needed to score first in the second half to have a realistic chance of clawing back into the game, but could not unlock a superb Jaguares defence.

The Brumbies scored a crucial try through Faingaa on the stroke of half-time, but it proved a false dawn as the mistakes continued in the second half.

Hurricanes scrum half T.J. Perenara, in a record 127th appearance for the franchise, reached out to score a try in the 61st minute which kept hearts racing inside the final quarter. "Not a lot of people identified with this jersey and we are really proud to feel that now that goal is done".

"We worked harder than they did and we dominated them, we did not let them play, it's the effort we have been putting in for four years".

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