Super Rugby Pacific recap: Crusaders’ surprise win over Blues

Noah Hotham celebrates his try with the Crusaders' Codie Taylor, Sevu Reece and Dallas McLeod during the Super Rugby Pacific match, Crusaders Vs Blues, at the Apollo Projects Stadium in Christchurch.

Noah Hotham celebrates his try with the Crusaders’ Codie Taylor, Sevu Reece and Dallas McLeod during the Super Rugby Pacific match, Crusaders Vs Blues, at the Apollo Projects Stadium in Christchurch.
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The Crusaders’ narrow victory over old rivals the Blues in Christchurch has made their slim hopes of a play-off place a reality.

The hosts managed to overcome 29-27 on Saturday night at the Apollo Projects Stadium.

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Crusaders: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Chay Fihaki, 13 Levi Aumua, 12 David Havili, 11 Sevu Reece, 10 Fergus Burke, 9 Noah Hotham, 8 Christian Lio-Willie, 7 Ethan Blackadder, 6 Cullen Grace, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Antonio Shalfoon, 3 Fletcher Newell, 2 Codie Taylor (c), 1 Joe Moody

Bench: 16 George Bell, 17 George Bower, 18 Tamaiti Williams, 19 Jamie Hannah, 20 Tom Christie, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Taha Kemara, 23 Dallas McLeod

Blues: 15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Mark Tele’a, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Corey Evans, 11 AJ Lam, 10 Harry Plummer, 9 Taufa Funaki, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Adrian Choat, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Sam Darry, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu ( c), 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi

Bench: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Joshua Fusitu’a, 18 PJ Sheck, 19 Josh Beehre, 20 Cameron Suafoa, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Cole Forbes, 23 Caleb Tangitau