Crusaders 38-22 Hurricanes, Christchurch Stadium
Crusaders registered their second win from as many games after beating rivals Hurricanes 38-22 in their Super Rugby clash at Christchurch Stadium on Saturday.
The win means Crusaders occupy the top position in New Zealand Conference with eight points while Hurricanes are at third place with four points.
The home side took just nine minutes to begin the proceedings with Scott Barrett crossing over in the 9th minute for an unconverted try. Richie Mo'unga missed out on the conversion but made amends when he touched down in the 24th minute to make the scoreline 10-0.
The Hurricanes went into deep trouble when Crusaders slotted their third try coming from Jordan Taufua in the 26th minute and their bonus point came before the break with Mo'unga slotting a converted try as the hosts scored 24 unanswered points.
A second from Scott Barrett at the start of the second half meant Crusaders raced to 31 points before Ben Lam opened Hurricanes' account with a try in the 48th minute. 18 minutes later Wes Goosen doubled the visitors' tally but George Bridge pushed Crusaders' total to 38 points with four minutes left in the game.
Just as it looked over for Hurricanes they had a late surge with a sin-bin for Mitch Hunt in the added minutes with Ben Lam and TJ Perenara scoring tries on either side but in the end, the damage was already done in the first half as Crusaders completed a 38-22 victory.