Havili’s drop goal earns Crusaders ‘golden point’ win
David Havili’s extra-time drop goal earned the Canterbury Crusaders a 30-27 Super Rugby Aotearoa win over the Wellington Hurricanes on Sunday, as Scott Robertson’s side avoided losing successive games for the first time in over three years.
Havili stroked his kick between the posts at Wellington Stadium moments after the start of the additional 10-minute ‘golden point’ period with the clash having finished level at the completion of regulation time.
The Crusaders had suffered a surprise loss to the Auckland Blues last week and looked destined to slip to consecutive losses for the first time since March 2018.
But the win keeps the Crusaders clear of the Blues at the top of the standings, while the Hurricanes are rooted to the bottom, with just one win all season.
The visitors had looked set to secure a comfortable win in the early exchanges, with the Crusaders racing into a 14-3 lead off the back of a pair of tries from George Bridge.
The winger had put his side in front with 11 minutes on the clock before adding a second 13 minutes later when a scruffy scrum resulted in the Crusaders breaking forward and the All Black sprinted over the line.