Crusaders proving harder to beat than 13th century counterparts

Crusaders youngsters Jack Goodhue (left) and Will Jordan celebrate during their thumping win over...
Crusaders youngsters Jack Goodhue (left) and Will Jordan celebrate during their thumping win over the Chiefs. Photo: Getty Images
The Crusaders juggernaut has notched a fourth consecutive win, and they remain at the top of the standings.

Fullback Will Jordan dotted down twice as the defending champions crushed the Chiefs 57-28 in Christchurch on Saturday.

All Black hooker Codie Taylor also scored a brace in the try-fest as the Crusaders outscored their opponent nine tries to four.

The Crusaders have extended their winning streak to 19 games.

The Blues registered their first win with a 28-20 victory against the Sunwolves in Auckland on Saturday.

Classy All Black winger Rieko Ioane bagged four tries as his side fought back well from an early 6-0 deficit.

The Blues dedicated the win to former squad member Mike Tamoaieta, who died recently.

In Sydney, the Waratahs prevailed 28-17 against the Reds.

Bernard Foley drilled a couple of early penalties for the Waratahs, and Ned Hanigan scored from a lineout move not long after Reds player JP Smith was sin-binned.

The Reds responded through skipper Samu Kerevi, who scooped up a loose ball and crashed over.

The Reds trailed 16-12 at the break, but fell further behind when Curtis Rona struck from long distance. But substitute Alex Newsome sealed the win when he slipped through for a try late in the game.

The Lions defeated the Jaguares 47-39 in a high-scoring game at Ellis Park.

The Lions scored seven tries. First five-eighth Elton Jantjies got one - and six conversions - for a haul of 17 points.

The Jaguares denied the home side a bonus point with late tries to centre Matias Moroni and fullback Joaquin Tuculet.

The Bulls dispatched the Sharks 37-14 at Loftus Versfeld to complete a clean sweep against their South African rivals.

Wing Rosko Specman scored two tries, while pivot Handre Pollard added two conversions, five penalties and a dropped goal.

The Bulls picked up four points and lead the South African conference.

On Friday, the Highlanders were pipped 25-22 by the Hurricanes in Wellington and the Rebels fought back to beat the Brumbies 29-26 in Melbourne.

 - The Highlanders Bravehearts secured a decisive 43-19 victory against the Crusaders Knights in Christchurch on Saturday.

Halfback Folau Fakatava and loose forward Slade McDowall impressed with two tries each.


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