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Crusaders put Hurricanes to the sword

14th February 2014 06:36


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Johnny McNicholl: Scored three tries

A hat-trick of tries by Crusaders wing Johnny McNicholl paved the way to a 41-15 victory for his side over the Hurricanes in a warm-up match in Levin on Friday.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring through a runaway from Beauden Barrett before McNicholl scored his first try in the 23rd minute after intercepting a wayward 'Canes pass.

Shortly after that try, Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett was sent to the sin bin for a tip tackle on Alapati Leiua and the Hurricanes soon added another five-pointer when Marty Banks crossed the whitewash.

McNicholl scored his second try in the 31st minute but Ben Franks struck back with a try against his former side which gave the 'Canes a 15-14 lead at half-time.

The Crusaders upped the ante after the break and scored four unanswered tries. McNicholl scored his third try, which put the Crusaders back in front, and replacement back-row Jordan Taufua also got his name on the scoreboard with a brace of tries.

A last-minute try by scrum-half Willi Heinz secured victory for the Crusaders, who start their Super Rugby campaign against the Chiefs in Christchurch next Friday.

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