A 16-9 win over the Crusaders this past Saturday was a major coup for the Hurricanes and a big boost towards a finals berth. So who were the players that really stood up and made it happen?
5. Ben Franks
The bolshy front-rower was a beast on defence and was the best prop on show in this match. His work rate was exceptional and his tackling often put the Crusaders runners on the back foot.
4. Jeremy Thrush
Just stepped up in Conrad Smith's absence and led from the front. Had a number of telling ball-carries in the game.
3. Dane Coles
Finally showed the form that has earned him All Blacks selection. Was good with ball in hand. Back to his best.
2. Beauden Barrett
Made a number of incisive breaks on attack and his kicking game and option taking was excellent.
1. Blade Thomson
Scored two excellent tries, the only two in the match. The loose forward cum lock was in the right place at the right time for both but it takes skill to be there and finish.
Who were your Hurricanes standouts?