The Crusaders comfortably defeated fellow New Zealand side the Hurricanes 35-18 in their Super Rugby encounter in Nelson on Friday. The home side raced to a 16-3 lead in the opening 28 minutes with three Daniel Carter penalties and a Mitchell Drummond try. However they were dealt a blow when Robert Fruean was sent to the sin bin for a reckless tackle.
With the men in red down a man the Canes took advantage and scored their first try of the match when Dane Coles drove over to make it 16-8 at the break. In the second half the side from Wellington picked up where they left off opening the half with a try from Ardie Savea which was converted by Otere Black to get them within a point of the Saders at 16-15.
However this did not last very long as the Christchurch outfit kept their stronghold on the match with three more tries from Nafi Tuitavake and Nemani Nadolo as they ran out 35-18 winners with a bonus point to topple the log leaders and continue their dominance of this New Zealand derby.