As if taking heart from the wild weather that swirled around them, the Crusaders punished the Highlanders 17-0 to book their place in the Super Rugby semi-final in Christchurch on Saturday night.
Reserve Mitchell Hunt has slotted one of the great Super Rugby field goals to sink the Highlanders and extend the Crusaders' unbeaten season.
Second-half tries to David Havili and Ben Funnell ensured the Canterbury Crusaders remained unbeaten with a 31-24 victory over the Waikato Chiefs in Suva on Friday.
Canterbury captain Matt Todd scored the only try of the match early in the second half as the Crusaders stayed unbeaten after 11 matches with a 20-12 victory over the Wellington Hurricanes in an enthralling Super Rugby encounter on Saturday.
It's back to the Super Rugby penthouse for the Crusaders following their 57-24 bonus-point clobbering of the Stormers in Christchurch on Saturday night.
As the Crusaders pounded the Sunwolves 50-3 on Friday night, you couldn't help but mutter to yourself what it is about the men from Japan that gets SANZAAR so turned on.
The Waratahs season is on the line against the unbeaten Crusaders.
Digby Ioane and the Crusaders are playing with an energy the famous franchise has not seen for years.
Western Force coach Dave Wessels says his battered team will be better for the experience after conceding seven tries in a bruising 45-17 loss to the Crusaders in Friday night's Super Rugby clash in Christchurch.
The Crusaders have pulled a win from the Super Rugby fire for the third successive match, downing the Blues 33-24 in Christchurch to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
The Crusaders have scored their second last-minute comeback in a row, pipping the Queensland Reds at the death with a 22-20 victory in Saturday night's Super Rugby clash.
James Slipper admits it will be weird playing against Digby Ioane when the Queensland Reds host the Crusaders on Saturday night.
Seta Tamanivalu's sweeping try with less than two minutes remaining has sealed the Crusaders a thrilling 30-27 come-from-behind Super Rugby win in Dunedin.
Chris Alcock took the first steps in proving there's life after David Pocock with a strong debut for the Brumbies.
The Brumbies won't dwell on a round-one loss as they channel their energy into chasing a home win on Saturday.
The Brumbies were defiant for 80 minutes, but they couldn't snatch a win in Christchurch.
All the talking points from the Brumbies' round-one loss to the Crusaders.
The Hurricanes have pulverised the Sunwolves in the opening match of their Super Rugby defence, winning 83-17.
All the action as the Brumbies clash with the Crusaders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
Henry Speight wants to burst into the Super Rugby season almost a year after his last game.