Crusaders machine rolls over Hurricanes

23:06, Apr 21 2012
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Blues centre Rene Ranger on the charge.
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Blues loosehead prop Tom McCartney attempts to charge the kick of Crusaders first five Tyler Bleyendaal.
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Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean dives over to score during against the Blues.
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Crusaders captain Kieran Read is tackled by Blues fullback Isaia Toeava.
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Blues first five Michael Hobbs is tackled by Crusaders second five Ryan Crotty.
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Crusaders captain Kieran Read after a Blues try.
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Blues captain Keven Mealamu in action against the Crusaders.
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Crusaders captain Kieran Read loses his shorts against the Blues.
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Crusaders first five Tyler Bleyendaal is scragged by Blues replacement Brad Mika.
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Zac Guildord is tackled over the sideline by Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga.
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George Whitelock crashes into the Highlanders defence.
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Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean makes the mistake of running at Nasi Manu and Adam Thomson.
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Crusaders wing Sean Maitland skips down the sideline at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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Crusaders Luke Romano (left) and George Whitelock put the hit on Highlanders reserve hooker Jason Rutledge.
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Young Crusaders No 10 Tyler Bleyendaal releases the ball to his outside backs.
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Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams passes the ball in-field as he is pushed to the ground by Israel Dagg.
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Crusaders No 6 George Whitelock brings down a kick-off, under pressure from his Chiefs opposite Liam Messam.
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Luke Romano of the Crusaders wins a lineout against the Chiefs at McLean Park.
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Tawera Kerr-Barlow of the Chiefs is tackled by Kieran Read of the Crusaders.
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Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs gets a kick away while being tackled against the Crusaders at McLean Park.
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George Whitelock (L) and Corey Flynn of the Crusaders tackle Robbie Robinson of the Chiefs.
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Sean Maitland scores a try against the Cheetahs.
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Crusaders players Sean Maitland's try.
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The new AMI Stadium before the Crusaders' match against the Cheetahs.
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Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis crunched in a Cheetahs tackle.
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Fans at the new Christchurch Stadium in Addington.
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Israel Dagg is wrapped up in the tackle against the Cheetahs.
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Zac Guildford of the Crusaders crosses over to score a try against the Lions at Ellis Park
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Alwyn Hollenbach of the Lions tackled by Robert Fruean of the Crusaders at Ellis Park
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Israel Dagg of the Crusaders tackled by Jaco Taute of the Lions at Ellis Park
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Kieran Read of the Crusaders wins the ball against the Lions at Ellis Park
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Sean Maitland of the Crusaders catches the ball against the Lions at Ellis Park
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Dan Carter of the Crusaders sets up a try against the Lions at Ellis Park.
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Zac Guildford of the Crusaders attacks against the Lions at Ellis Park.
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Zac Guildford sends a pass out wide during the Crusaders' 32-30 loss in Pretoria.
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Luke Whitelock pulls down a lineout throw at Loftus Versfeld.
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Crusaders' No 7 Matt Todd attempts to charge down the kick of Morne Steyn.
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Israel Dagg hops in the air to get a pass away in the tackle to team-mate Sean Maitland.
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Israel Dagg is hauled down by Bulls first-five Morne Steyn.
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Corey Flynn during the Crusaders match against the Stormers at the AMI Stadium at Addington.
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Israel Dagg during the Crusaders match against the Stormers at the AMI Stadium at Addington.
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Crusader Matt Todd in action against the Stormers.
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Crusaders' Dan Carter passes against the Hurricanes.
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Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush and Crusaders' Kieran Read battle for the ball.
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Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett hits out at Hurricanes' Chris Eaton.
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Crusaders' Andrew Ellis passes against the Hurricanes.
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Crusaders' Ben Franks on the charge against the Hurricanes.
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Crusaders' Israel Dagg is tackled by Hurricanes' Ben May.
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Robbie Fruean takes time out during the Crusaders' defeat of the Waratahs in Sydney.
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Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read bursts into space against the Waratahs.
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Crusaders winger Zac Guildford gets a pass away against the Waratahs.
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Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean bursts clear for his first try against the Waratahs in Sydney.
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Israel Dagg tackled by Ben Lucas as the Crusaders take on the Reds in Christchurch.
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Kieran Read leads out the Crusaders against the Reds.
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Tom Taylor lines up a kick against the Reds.
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Referee Bryce Lawrence sends off Wyatt Crockett against the Reds.
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Luke Romano on the charge against the Reds.
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Zac Guildford on the charge against the Reds.
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Thomas Tracey, 6, Tom Hearn, 6, Ben Strickland, 6, Tatsumi Konishi, 6, and McNamara Kane, 6 at the game.
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The Crusaders win a lineout against the Rebels at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
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Stirling Mortlock of the Rebels celebrates victory at the final whistle against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
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Nick Phipps of the Rebels scores a try against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
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Gareth Delve of the Rebels runs with the ball against the Crusaders at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
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Luke Whitelock and Sam Whitelock make a tackle against the Rebels.
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Andy Ellis prepares to kick against the Rebels.
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Richie McCaw is tackled against the Rebels.
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Zac Guildford coming in for a try against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
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Zac Guildford is tackled by Angus Ta'avao (top) and Steven Luata of the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
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Robbie Fruean on attack against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
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Dan Carter cool under pressure against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
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Tom Marshall grabs a try against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
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Robbie Fruean on attack against the Blues at the new AMI Stadium at Rugby League Park in Christchurch.
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Richie McCaw covers a cut lip against the Highlanders.
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Adam Thompson hits Andy Ellis into touch.
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Kieran Read rubs Jarrad Hoeata's face in the dirt.
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Wyatt Crockett scores for the Crusdaders.
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Ben Smith and Andy Ellis have a punch up.
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George Whitelock of the Crusaders gets a yellow card.
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Kieran Read of the Crusaders on the charge.
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Zac Guildford of the Crusaders goes in for a try.
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Hurricanes players celebrate their win against the Crusaders.
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Crusaders' Richie McCaw gets up-ended going for the high ball.
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Crusader Sean Maitland takes on Hurricane Tim Bateman.
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Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett on the burst.
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Zac Guildford of the Crusaders runs away to score a try against the Hurricanes.
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Richie McCaw comes in to tackle Sona Taumalolo.
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Israel Dagg takes a high ball in front of Aaron Cruden.
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Luke Romano scores for the Crusaders against the Chiefs.
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Kieran Read scores for the Crusaders against the Chiefs.
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Hika Elliot fends of Israel Dagg.
Israel Dagg
DETERMINED: Israel Dagg just moments before scoring the first try for the Crusaders against the Western Force.
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Matt Todd scores a try against the Western Force.
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Crusaders' players celebrate the Matt Todd try against the Western Force.
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Two captains, Richie McCaw and Nathan Sharpe talk after the match.
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Israel Dagg scores first try against the Western Force.
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Zac Guildford streaks away to score against the Bulls.
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Richie McCaw is held in the tackle by the Bulls.

Forget the fact the Hurricanes were at half strength, the Crusaders machine is officially cranking into gear.

There was a fizzer feel to a match that was always going to struggle to live up to its billing after the game day withdrawals of home wings Cory Jane and Julian Savea.

It mattered little to the Crusaders as they applied their ruthless efficiency in scoring five tries, to surge into the top echelons of the Super Rugby ladder.

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Stormers fans show their support during their 2012 Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes at Newlands.
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Hurricanes celebrate a try against the Stormers at Newlands.
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Stormers No.8 Nick Koster attempts to break Hurricanes flankers Faifili Levave and Jack Lam at Newlands.
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Siya Kolisi of the Stormers attempts to break through the Hurricanes line at Newlands.
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Hurricanes first five Beauden Barrett attempts to offload as Stormers flanker Duane Vermeulen makes the tackle at Newlands.
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Stormers captain Schalk Burger is tackled by Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith and centre Tim Bateman at Newlands.
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Tim Bateman makes a break during the Hurricanes win over the Lions in round two of the Super 15.
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Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes spreads the ball.
Victor Vito
Victor Vito of the Hurricanes runs with the ball.
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Lions forward Alwin Hollenbach is tackled by a trio of Hurricanes, including Victor Vito (right).
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Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara clears the ball from the base of the ruck.
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Julan Savea of the Hurricanes looks to break from a tackle by Salesi Ma'afu of the Force.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes runs the ball in for a try against the Western Force.
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Matt Hodgson of the Force gets tackled by Victor Vito and Ben May of the Hurricanes.
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Julan Savea of the Hurricanes looks to push forward against the Western Force.
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James Broadhurst of the Hurricanes gets his pass away before being tackled by Sam Wykes of the Force.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes and Hosea Gear of the Highlanders tangle.
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Cory Jane of the Hurricanes on his way to scoring a try during the first half against the Highlanders.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes and Colin Slade of the Highlanders watch the ball.
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Kade Poki of the Highlanders lifts TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes in the tackle.
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TJ Perenara of the Highlanders lifts Kade Poki of the Hurricanes.
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Julian Savea of the Hurricanes on the charge against the Highlanders.
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Hurricanes wing Cory Jane scores aginst the Blues at Eden Park.
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Hurricanes fullback Andre Taylor steps past Blues fullback Lachie Munro as he heads to the try-line.
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Hurricanes wing Cory Jane and Blues halfback Alby Mathewson collide.
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Blues second five eighth Ma'a Nonu dives over to score in the tackle of Hurricanes flanker Jack Lam.
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Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett leaves Blues fullback Lachie Munro sprawling as he makes the break to set up the match winning try in the last seconds of the game.
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Hurricanes centre Conrad Smith dives over to score in the dying seconds against the Blues.
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Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett leaves Blues fullback Lachie Munro sprawling as he makes the break to set up the match winning try.
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Hurricanes centre Conrad Smith, wing Cory Jane and halfback TJ Perenara celebrate at the final whistle.
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Ryno Benjamin of the Cheetahs goes in for a try.
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Andre Taylor (right) of the Hurricanes is tackled by Tewis de Bruyn of the Cheetahs.
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Willie le Roux (right) of the Cheetahs is tackled by Cory Jane of the Hurricanes.
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Hennie Daniller (left) of the Cheetahs makes a break under pressure from Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
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Referee Glen Jackson awards a white card to Sharks' Keegan Daniel and Hurricanes' Conrad Smith.
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A fight breaks out between Hurricanes and Sharks players at Yarrow Stadium.
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Hurricanes' TJ Perenara makes a try saving tackle on Sharks' Charl McLeod .
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Hurricanes' Jack Lam makes a tackle on Sharks' Frederic Michalak.
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Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush passes against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Dane Coles on the charge against the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Jeremy Thrush and Crusaders' Kieran Read battle for the ball.
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Hurricanes' Victor Vito on the charge against the Crusaders.
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Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett hits out at Hurricanes' Chris Eaton.
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Crusaders' Israel Dagg is tackled by Hurricanes' Ben May.
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Hurricanes' prop Ben May makes a charge down field.
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Cory Jane makes a break against the Chiefs.
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TJ Perenara tackles Sonny Bill Williams
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TJ Perenara tries to get past Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs.
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Victor Vito in action against the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes' Karl Lowe on the charge against the Blues.
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Victor Vito wins the ball over Ma'a Nonu.
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Cory Jane slips through a Piri Weepu tackle.
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Blues' Piri Weepu passes against the Hurricanes.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes passes against the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
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Nasi Manu of the Highlanders is tackled against the Hurricanes.
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Hurricanes players celebrate their 26-20 win over the Highlanders.
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Adam Thomson of the Highlanders lining up a tackle on Jeffery Toomaga-Allen of the Hurricanes.
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Mike Delany of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes.
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Hosea Gear of the Highlanders is tackled by Tim Bateman and Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes is not happy at Adam Thomson of the Highlanders being allowed his try.
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Andre Taylor in action against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen scores a try against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Ben May charges up field against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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TJ Perenara scores against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Andre Taylor in action against the Brumbies at Westpac Stadium.
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Andre Taylor celebrates a try against the Rebels.
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Julian Savea runs in to score against the Rebels.
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Conrad Smith attacks against the Rebels.
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Julian Savea scores again in the second half against the Rebels.
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Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes dives over for a try in the Hurricanes 66-24 win over the Rebels.
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Beauden Barrett breaks away during the Hurricanes 66-24 win over the Rebels.
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Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes passes against the Waratahs.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes grimaces as he holds an injured shoulder against the Waratahs.
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Motu Matu'u of the Hurricanes scores try against the Waratahs.
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Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes scores a try against the Waratahs.
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Hurricanes players celebrate their win against the Crusaders.
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Crusaders' Richie McCaw gets up-ended going for the high ball.
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Crusader Sean Maitland takes on Hurricane Tim Bateman.
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Crusaders' Wyatt Crockett on the burst.
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Zac Guildford of the Crusaders runs away to score a try against the Hurricanes.
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Conrad Smith of the Hurricanes celebrates after their win over the Crusaders.
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Hurricanes' Motu Matu'u celebrates their win over the Chiefs.
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Hurricanes' Julian Savea scores a try against the Chiefs.
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Chiefs' Sonny Bill Williams in action against the Hurricanes.
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Chiefs' Liam Messam in action against the Hurricanes.

While the Hurricanes were their own worst enemies with awful first-half tactics, the Crusaders were ruthless enough to exploit them, the match well and truly settled by halftime.

They did it without too much fuss, hard running captain Kieran Read setting the tone with his bruising running, wing Zac Guildford hungry for work and five eighths Tom Taylor and Dan Carter unhurried in guiding proceedings.

With All Blacks coach Steve Hansen in the stands, Israel Dagg grabbed two silky tries, with Read, Carter, and Robbie Fruean all adding to the score sheet.

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Israel Dagg
DO-IT TWO-IT: Fullback Israel Dagg sprints away for one of his two tries in the Crusaders' 42-14 romp over the Hurricanes in Wellington.

It seemed a pity the Hurricanes were not able to give the 22,012-strong crowd what they'd wanted, but without halfback TJ Perenara (ankle), Jane (ankle) and Savea (illness), they seemed to lack real self belief.

The panache of earlier rounds was replaced by indecision, halfback Chris Eaton playing a flustered role at the base of the ruck.

No8 Victor Vito enhanced his reputation, while fullback Andre Taylor recovered from a shaky start to produce some bright moments.

But mostly there was a gulf in class and experience over the decisive opening half hour as the visitor's racked up a 32-0 lead before Taylor's late try gave some respite.

Much had been made in the buildup about how much kicking the Crusaders might do with Carter at second five eighth.

But it was the home side's boots that will be talked about for all the wrong reasons.

Tactically the first 40 minutes was a horror show for the Hurricanes.

Their counter-attacking ability had been badly blunted by absence of Jane and Savea and it was replaced by an aimless series of misdirected kicks.

It wasn't so much the Crusaders building pressure as the Hurricanes placing it upon themselves.

From the kickoff Chris Eaton put up a high kick from his 22. Cue 20-odd phases of Crusaders attack.

It was to be a theme.

The Crusaders first try was a nicely worked backs move from a scrum, Guildford slicing through on the inside of Tom Taylor and Read crashing over by the posts.

But the next two tries were gifts.

First Barrett put up another high ball from just outside his 22.

Guildford gobbled it up, Dagg probed blind and Andy Ellis fed Carter for a 17-0 lead.

Possibly still rattled from a huge hit from Read, Andre Taylor then repeated the foolishness with his own defensive bomb, Fruean leaping up, fending Chris Eaton, then sprinting 60 metres to the line.

Nothing was going the Hurricanes' way and referee Craig Joubert called back a marginal forward pass from Dane Coles to Richard Buckman, then let two more suspicious ones go as Dagg's try increased the margin to a frightening 32-0.

Andre Taylor salvaged something when he found two front rowers and exploited their lack of pace, but by then it was far too late to prevent what turned out to be something of a fizzer.

HIGHLIGHT REEL:

Beauden Barrett's ill-advised bomb is watched by most in the stadium, but Crusaders centre Robbie Fruean is the one to act, leaping up on halfway and snatching it from the sky. The former Wellingtonian then swats away halfback Chris Eaton and launches into a 40-metre run to the try line.

SUPER MAN:

Kieran Read. The big No 8 ran with purpose all night, supported anything that moved and smashed anything in a yellow jersey. Back to his best before being subbed in the second half.

STATUS UPDATE:

The Crusaders may have built slowly into this campaign, but their bonus-point victory sees them surge to 28 points on the ladder, just two behind the Highlanders and three behind the Chiefs in the New Zealand conference. One feels they might continue the trend.

The Hurricanes' fourth loss sees them fall away from the playoff group.

Crusaders 42 (Israel Dagg 2, Kieran Read, Dan Carter, Robbie Fruean tries, Tom Taylor 4 con, 3 pen) Hurricanes 14 (Andre Taylor, Victor Vito tries Beauden Barrett 2 cons) HT: 32-7

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