Crusaders

Waratahs win could signal end of decade of Crusaders dominance

Georgina Robinson 4:21 PM   Was last year's final a blip or is the age of the Crusaders coming to an end?

Crusaders' reputation mightier than their bite

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Paul Cully   The Crusaders are rightly respected but their methodology has become predictable.

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NSW bracing for vengeful Crusaders in grand final rematch

Nick Phipps of the Waratahs gets a pass away against the Sharks on Saturday night.

Georgina Robinson   Is just winning enough for the Waratahs as they face their final four games in the regular season?

The Wallabies have not seen the back of Carter just yet

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Paul Cully   You have to go back two Wallabies coaches to find the most recent time Dan Carter played in a Bledisloe Cup match and a few months ago it looked possible he'd never play in one again.

Crusaders ready to make unlikely run

Runaway: Sam Whitelock.

Marc Hinton   ​The run home is brutal and the margin for error gossamer thin, but the Crusaders are adamant they can still continue their remarkable run of Super Rugby play-off appearances.

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Shocking Reds mauled by Crusaders

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 08: Lachie Turner of the Reds is tackled by Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Reds at AMI Stadium on May 8, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Vince Rugari   ​The Queensland Reds have sunk to a new low, capitulating in the second half to allow the Crusaders to romp to a huge 58-17 Super Rugby win.

Hurricanes hold off Crusaders to stay top

Mixed night: Beauden Barrett thrilled on the night, but left the field with a knee injury.

The Hurricanes have consolidated their position at the top of the Super Rugby ladder with a 29-23 win over the Crusaders.

Richie McCaw ruled out of Crusaders next match

Richie McCaw.

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will miss the Crusaders' clash with Super Rugby leaders the Hurricanes on Saturday after being knocked out in the win over the Blues.

Crusaders back on form as Blues downed

Star man: Richie McCaw left the field after a head knock.

Richard Knowler   The Crusaders' 29-15 bonus-point win over the Blues at AMI Stadium on Saturday night has ensured they remain in Super Rugby playoff contention.

Cruden injured as Chiefs overwhelm Crusaders

Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs.

WELLINGTON, April 17 AAP - The Chiefs have delivered the Crusaders their second brutal lesson of the season, winning 26-9 in Christchurch to take top spot in the Super Rugby standings.

Slade continues All Blacks' post World Cup exodus

France bound: Colin Slade of the Crusaders.

All Blacks flyhalf Colin Slade has joined the exodus from New Zealand rugby after this year's World Cup by signing a contract until 2018 with French club Pau.

Highlanders stun Crusaders in Christchurch

Holding on: Patrick Osborne of the Highlanders is tackled by Kieran Read of the Crusaders.

A sizzling double to wing Waisake Naholo has helped halt the Highlanders' Super Rugby losing streak against the Crusaders with a 25-20 win in Christchurch.

Brad Thorn calls time on stellar career

Serial winner: Brad Thorn

Former New Zealand lock Brad Thorn is retiring at the end of the season following a glittering 21-year career in which won the biggest prizes in rugby league and union.

Eight-try Crusaders swamp Sharks

In the clear: Ryan Crotty of the Crusaders makes a break.

The Crusaders scored eight tries to thrash the Sharks 52-10 in a Super Rugby mismatch on Saturday despite having only 12 players on the field at one stage.

Pollard boots Bulls to victory over Crusaders

Brought down: Nemani Nadolo of Crusaders is tackled by Jesse Kriel.

Bulls five-eighth Handre Pollard became the first Super Rugby player past the 100-point mark this season as his team defeated the Crusaders 31-19 in Pretoria.

Crusaders power to eight-try win

Roaring on: Jordan Taufua of the Crusaders.

Four second-half tries in six minutes set the Crusaders up for a storming 57-14 win over the Cheetahs on Saturday in Christchurch.

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Crusaders smash Lions in Super Rugby

Back in play: Kieran Read.

The Crusaders reignited their faltering Super Rugby campaign with a 34-6 win over the Lions in Christchurch.

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Chiefs teach the Crusaders a lesson in Hamilton

Just like that: James Lowe dives over to score for the Chiefs.

Richard Knowler in Hamilton   The Chiefs ran in five tries to thump the Crusaders 40-16 at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.

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Chiefs v Crusaders

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Trio left out of Crusaders squad to face Chiefs

Feared: Nemani Nadolo has returned from Japan.

Richard Knowler   Dan Carter, Israel Dagg and Nemani Nadolo have been left out of the Crusaders side to face the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.