Shields BF 7 A. Savea QF 8 G. Another line out for the Hurricanes and yes we are still here! Play continues with the Hurricanes trying to force their way through for one last try. The Hurricanes have been awarded the scrum and the celebrating has begun. But not before they try to score one last try. At best the Crusaders will be hoping for at least a penalty to get the all important bonus point.
The Hurricanes have lost the ball forward but they should be able to take the points from here with less than two minutes remaining. The Hurricanes have the scrum and they are in no real hurry to move at all. Perenara puts it into touch and that continues to soak up the clock. The Hurricanes have the penalty and Barrett will go for the points. You get the feeling that if the Crusaders can score the next try they will run over the top of the Hurricanes who have lost the attacking flair they had in the first half hour of the match.
The Crusaders have possession once again after being awarded the penalty for a high tackle. A mistake by the Crusaders costs them possession as play is stopped for a change. Crusaders continue to apply the pressure but it is also soaking up the clock. Another penalty against the Hurricanes for having no arms in the tackle. The Crusaders will continue to apply the pressure.
Drummond comes on for Hall for the Crusaders. That's an early change at half back. Another penalty has been called and this time it's against the Hurricanes.
Great defence by the Crusaders there. A penalty has been paid against the Crusaders for not releasing in the tackle. Hurricanes lead at half-time. Taufua off - P. All Crusaders Hurricanes 1. David Kaetau Havili D. Lineup Crusaders Hurricanes 15 D. Havili FB 14 S. Tamanivalu RW 13 J. Goodhue OC 12 R. Crotty IC 11 G. Bridge LW 10 R. Mo'unga FH 9 B.
Hall SH 1 J. Moody LP 2 C. Taylor H 3 O. Franks TP 4 S. Barrett L 5 S. Whitelock L 6 J. Taufua BF 7 M. Todd QF 8 K. A well-deserved consolation try for the Hurricanes right on the final siren! The Crusaders content now just to keep the ball in close and wind the clock down until the final whistle. A penalty to the Crusaders right on their own line - the home side are now just two minutes away from their second consecutive Super Rugby final!
Ngani Laumape, in a desperate attempt close to the Crusaders' line, manages to release the pass on his way to ground however the ball doesn't go cleanly to hand - scrum feed to the home side.
That will just about do it! It's becoming the story of the night! The Hurricanes expend huge time and effort to drive the Crusaders back inside their 22 only for the home side, with their defence nearly impenetrable, to come up with the critical turnover.
The icing on the cake for the Crusaders as they score again. A brilliant kick from Richie Mu'unga lands perfectly for replacement Braydon Ennor. Mu'unga sends his conversion narrowly wide. We're into the last 20 minutes and the Crusaders don't look under any pressure.
The hosts probably expected this to be closer than it is but the Hurricanes just don't seem able to hurt them. The Hurricanes have had plenty of the ball in the last few minutes but still can't make any serious inroads towards the Crusaders' tryline.
The Hurricanes badly need some inspiration quickly but to be honest it doesn't look very likely. At the moment the champions are looking very comfortable.
The Crusaders extend their lead as the champions charge forward and David Havili crosses the line. Richie Mo'unga's conversion makes it a long way back for the Hurricanes. The Crusaders are in command at the break after tries from the excellent Richie Mo'unga and George Bridge. Two penalties from Mo'unga have given them a healthy point cushion. Julian Savea scored for the visitors but they need a fast start to the second half.
Another penalty to the hosts for offside and Richie Mo'unga nails the easy kick in front of the posts to extend their lead.