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Hurricanes hold off Crusaders to stay top

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 inĀ 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.

Owen Franks suspended for two weeks for hit

Suspension: Crusaders prop Owen Franks will sit out two weeks after his hit on Highlanders counterpart Josh Hohneck.

Crusaders prop gets two week ban for hitting Highlanders prop Josh Hohneck with forearm during match in Dunedin.

Dynamic duo still in doubt for date with Chiefs

In doubt: No decision has been made on whether Crusaders stars Israel Dagg, left, and Dan Carter, centre, will return from injury for Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs.

Richard Knowler   The clock is ticking for Dan Carter and Israel Dagg to be fit in time for Saturday's clash with the Chiefs.

Crusaders hold off late Highlanders fightback

Colin Slade of the Crusaders looks to pass.

Nathan Burdon   Crusaders make amends for woeful start to the Super Rugby season with a 26-20 second round win over the Highlanders in Dunedin.

Highlanders v Crusaders

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Leg injury kicks Carter's chances of playing into touch

Hobbling off: Dan Carter leaves the field against the Rebels.

Richard Knowler   Champion five-eighth unlikely to play on Saturday after injuring his leg in Super Rugby opener.

Rebels get first away win over Crusaders

Robbie Fruean of the Crusaders is tackled by Mike Harris of the Rebels.

Roy Ward   Melbourne Rebels opened their season perfectly with a 20-10 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday night.

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