Crusaders machine rolls over Hurricanes

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

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.

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

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.

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.
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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