The Crusaders continued with their impressive recent form when they claimed a 33-13 bonus-point victory over the Highlanders in Christchurch on Friday.
In a fast-paced and entertaining encounter, four first half tries from Codie Taylor, Tom Christie, Braydon Ennor and George Bridge set the Crusaders on the path to victory, although they went off the boil in the second half when the Highlanders launched a mini fightback.
The 10-time champions finished stronger, however, and sealed their win when Sione Havili crossed for their fifth try in the game’s closing stages. Their other points coming courtesy of conversions from David Havili, Bryn Hall (2) and Mitchell Drummond.
For the Highlanders, Michael Collins and Jona Nareki scored tries and Josh Ioane added a penalty.
-Story by Planet Rugby