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Cruden seals win for Hurricanes

A last-gasp Aaron Cruden penalty sealed a 28-26 victory for the Hurricanes as they held off a second-half Reds fightback in their Super 15 clash at Westpac Stadium.

The Reds battled battled from 22-5 down at the break to come within a whisker of making it eight wins in a row.

The Hurricanes wrapped up a try-scoring bonus point before half-time, despite having Cory Jane, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Piri Weepu and Rodney So'oialo all on the sidelines.

The NSW Waratahs halted a two-match losing streak with a hard-fought 28-9 victory over a committed Melbourne Rebels in wet conditions at the SFS.

Having led 10-6 at the break on the back of Tatafu Polota-Nau's early five-pointer, the hosts edged ahead with two Kurtley Beale penalty goals before late tries from Dave Dennis and man of the match Dean Mumm.

Julian Huxley landed three penalty goals for the Rebels.

The Crusaders gave their finals hopes a major boost with a thrilling 42-30 bonus-point victory over the Western Force in Perth, while defending champions the Bulls also secured a bonus point with a much-needed 43-27 win over the Chiefs.

The Stormers kept themselves in the battle at the top of the standings with another strong defensive display to beat the Sharks 32-12.

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