- By Peter Marriott.
Round 2 v Crusaders: Lost 16-33
The Hurricanes record against the Crusaders is now played 40, won 13, lost 25 and drawn two.
This was the Hurricanes 250th Super Rugby match played in New Zealand. Their overall record is played 250, won 148, lost 96 and drawn six.
The Hurricanes have now played 149 matches against the other New Zealand franchises. They have won 72, lost 72, and drawn five.
The first of five tries scored by the Crusaders was the 200th conceded by the Hurricanes in all away matches against the other New Zealand franchises. They have now conceded a total of 204 tries in away matches to the other New Zealand sides, exactly the same number as they have conceded in home matches.
The Hurricanes have lost their first two matches of the season for the ninth time. This previously occurred in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014 and 2016. In every instance but one they went on to win their third match. That was in 2014 when they had to wait for the fourth match to record their first victory.
With the loss of their last match in 2020 the Hurricanes have actually been beaten in their last three matches in succession. This last happened in 2018 when in consecutive matches they were defeated by the Crusaders, Highlanders and Brumbies. However, the Hurricanes worst losing streak is eight in a row. They lost their last five matches in 2013 and the first three in 2014.
Ngani Laumape started his 69th match at Second Five-eighth to equal Ma’a Nonu’s record for most starts in that position by a Hurricanes player.
Ricky Riccitelli scored his fourth try and first against the Crusaders. Peter Umaga-Jensen scored his seventh try: his second against the Crusaders. He also scored against them last year when the two sides last met in Christchurch.
Peter Umaga-Jensen scored the second of the two tries and this was the 500th to be scored by the Hurricanes in all away matches against all Super Rugby sides.
Jordie Barrett’s six points took his tally in all matches against the Crusaders to 64.
Ardie Savea was awarded a yellow card. He is the third Hurricanes player to receive one this year. Whilst he was off the field the Crusaders scored three converted tries.
Ardie Savea has lost his first two matches in charge. Six players before him also lost their first two: Mark Allen, Jon Preston, Jason O’Halloran, Tana Umaga, Conrad Smith and TJ Perenara. However, all but one of them won his third match and that was Jon Preston who lost all three of his matches as captain.
Ardie Savea is the 14th player to captain the Hurricanes against the Crusaders. Of that number eight have lost first time up against the franchise. In addition, Dane Coles and TJ Perenara (who have both led the side on their own on several occasions against the Crusaders) also lost their first match when co-captains.
Just three captains can boast having never being beaten by the Crusaders: Jason O’Halloran drew his only match in charge (at Christchurch in 1999), whilst Norm Hewitt won his one and only match at Wellington in 2000, as did Jeremy Thrush, also at Wellington in 2014.
Tevita Mafileo, Liam Mitchell and Isaia Walker-Leawere all played their first match of the season: The first two came off the bench. They took the number of players to have made at least one appearance this year to 26.
Richie Mo’unga scored a try and kicked four conversions for a personal tally of 13 points. He has now scored a total of 148 points in all matches against the Hurricanes. That figure is made up of seven tries, 28 conversions and 19 penalties. He has scored tries in each of his last four matches.
Dan Carter is, however, the record holder for most points scored against the Hurricanes. Interestingly he has also scored seven tries and kicked 28 conversions but his 34 penalties takes his tally to 193. A third Crusaders First Five-eighth, Andrew Mehrtens, has also scored a century of points against the Hurricanes:101
to be exact made up of two tries, 14 conversions and 21 penalties. Mehrtens may have scored the fewest points among the three of them but on two occasions he scored 24 points in a match: Mo’unga’s best is 20 and Carter’s is 22.
Throughout the history of Super Rugby these three have dominated place kicking against the Hurricanes. Between them they have tallied 362 points. Seven other players have together contributed “just” 111 points.
Ethan Blackadder’s try was his first against the Hurricanes. By coincidence, his father, Todd, scored three against the franchise: in 1996, 1998 and 2000. His first was actually the first-ever try for the Crusaders in Super Rugby against the Hurricanes, at New Plymouth on 14 April 1996.
The Hurricanes overall record in all Super Rugby matches is played 350, won 199, lost 145 and drawn six.