The Crusaders dominated the Hurricanes on Friday when they beat them 32-8.
It was a dominated performance from the defending champions after the loss last week against the Waratahs.
It was the Crusaders that got out of the blocks better putting 9 phases together to get early points on the board but the Hurricanes defence hold firm.
The Crusaders did not let up as they kept the pressure firmly on the Hurricanes in their own half.
Although all the pressure came from the Crusaders it was Barrett that put the home side on the board with a 3-0 lead.
The Hurricanes started to get into the game and got some few passes together on attack before they were called back by the referee for a forward pass.
Both teams made a few errors on attack and where unable to get momentum but it was the Crusaders that where playing in the right areas.
From first phase position the Crusaders, Jordan showed off his speed when a kick is put through. The ball is lost froward by the Hurricanes and Jordan is there to score in the corner.
That gave the Crusaders a 7-3 lead
The Crusaders had all the ball and with all the pressure on the home side but the Hurricanes stood firm in their defence.
It was just a matter of time before the Crusaders went over for their second try.
Another good kick from Saders force a mistake from Tiatia and the ball goes straight to Havili who races over for the visitors second try and a lead off 14-3.
The Crusaders lost Matt Todd who is sent to the sin bin after interfering with the Hurricanes taking a quick tap.
This gave the Hurricanes the opportunity to get pass the Crusaders defence with Laumape going over with some power. This reduced the lead to 14-8.
The Crusaders got a penalty just before halftime which gave them a 17-8 lead at the break.
It was all Crusaders as the second half started with Havili getting his second try of the match after an intercept which went wide to him to get over.
The Crusaders were on a roll now with Ennor going over for another try and a lead of 29-8.
The Crusaders were just one step above everything that the Hurricanes could do on the night and a final penalty gave them a 32-8 win.
It was a professional performance from the Crusaders keeping the home side scoreless in the second half.
The Crusaders now top the NZ conference and remain the team to beat in all of Super Rugby. Hurricanes will have to try and bounce back next week.
Hurricanes – Try: Ngani Laumape. Penalty: Jordie Barrett.
Crusaders – Tries: Will Jordan, David Havili (2), Braydon Ennor. Conversions: Richie Mo’unga (3). Penalties: Mo’unga (2).
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