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.
Crusaders prop gets two week ban for hitting Highlanders prop Josh Hohneck with forearm during match in Dunedin.
Richard Knowler The clock is ticking for Dan Carter and Israel Dagg to be fit in time for Saturday's clash with the Chiefs.
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.
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
Richard Knowler Champion five-eighth unlikely to play on Saturday after injuring his leg in Super Rugby opener.