Georgina Robinson 4:21 PM Was last year's final a blip or is the age of the Crusaders coming to an end?
Georgina Robinson Is just winning enough for the Waratahs as they face their final four games in the regular season?
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.
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.
The Hurricanes have consolidated their position at the top of the Super Rugby ladder with a 29-23 win over the Crusaders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
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.