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Hurricanes beat Crusaders 16-9 to keep playoffs hopes alive in Super Rugby

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Lock Blade Thompson scored two tries to lift the Hurricanes to a 16-9 win over the Crusaders on Saturday, keeping alive their hopes of reaching the Super Rugby playoffs.

Thompson scored on 23 minutes off a floated pass from flyhalf Beauden Barrett to give the Wellington-based Hurricanes an 11-3 lead at halftime, then completed a double in the 73rd with a 60 metre-dash for the try that clinched the match.

The Hurricanes' eighth win of the season lifted them from sixth to fifth place on a crowded championships ladder, just a point behind the Crusaders who took a bonus point to stay in fourth.

But the Hurricanes have only one match remaining in the regular season while most of their playoffs rivals have two.

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