Marc Hinton on Crusaders

Crusaders dominate in reality check for Chiefs

Luke Whitelock

Marc Hinton There is no panic in the Chiefs ranks, despite a good old-fashioned 43-15 butt-kicking at the hands of the Crusaders on Friday night. The defending champions have been down this rocky road before.

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Crusaders blow Reds away

Away: Matt Todd of the Crusaders offloads as he is tackled by Queensland's Will Genia and Dom Shipperley.

Marc Hinton, Christchurch Crusaders through to their 12th straight semi-final as they chase an eighth crown.

Rugby

Reds blown away by Crusaders on the march for another title

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Marc Hinton For a team that's a perennial contender, it's been a while since the Crusaders have finished a Super Rugby season how they'd like to. On the evidence of this, that could be about to change.

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Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino set to miss Bledisloe II

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Marc Hinton The All Blacks look set to be without two of their senior, and most physical, players for what they’re hoping will be a bounce-back Bledisloe performance at Eden Park on Saturday night.

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Record-chasing All Blacks have an ominous spring in their step

Selection options ... Israel Dagg

Marc Hinton There is a spring in the step of the record-chasing All Blacks as they prepare for a Bledisloe Cup opener of monumental proportions – a situation assistant coach Ian Foster takes as a very good...

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Israel Dagg out as All Blacks spring Bledisloe Cup selection shock with Ben Smith

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Marc Hinton Steve Hansen has sprung a Bledisloe selection surprise of his own, picking the in-form Ben Smith at fullback and dropping a fully fit Israel Dagg for the first time since he became the first-choice...

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Aaron Cruden growing into his skin for All Blacks

Ready to shine: Aaron Cruden.

Marc Hinton It’s water off a duck’s back for Aaron Cruden now. Dan goes down, he steps up and history suggests the All Blacks don’t miss a beat.

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Rugby

Matt Todd misses out as All Blacks welcome back Carter

Back in black: Dan Carter has been named in a 31-man New Zealand squad for the Rugby Championship.

Marc Hinton Dan Carter is back, as is Charles Piutau, but it is the selection of Sam Cane ahead of unlucky Crusader Matt Todd that might be considered the chief talking point of Steven Hansen's Rugby...

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New Zealand All Blacks scrape past England in First Test

Clash of the Titans: Ma'a Nonu tackles England's Marland Yarde.

Marc Hinton A scratchy All Blacks side have survived a scare to down England 20-15 in Auckland in the opening match of their three-Test rugby series.

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Five newcomers named in All Blacks training squad

Marc Hinton As expected, multi-faceted Blues second-rowforward Patrick Tuipulotu and powerhouse Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa have been rewarded for standout rookie Super Rugby campaigns with promotion...

Rugby

Graham Henry hits out at referees

Graham Henry.

Marc Hinton Graham Henry is not afraid to call it as he sees it, and at the moment he sees some of the officiating going on in Super Rugby as, to use his vernacular, "bullshit".

Call for change to 'silly season'

Dan Carter

Marc Hinton Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder believes there has to be a better way of contracting players than the "silly season" situation that is confronting New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises now.

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Dagg running back into form

Israel Dagg

Marc Hinton The week Israel Dagg decided to stay put also turned out to be the same one he made his biggest move in 2013. The All Black fullback is well and truly back on his game, as indeed are his Crusaders.

Rugby

Taylor made to start for All Blacks as Hansen flips conservative script

Tom Taylor

Marc Hinton The bold and brave new era of All Blacks rugby continues apace with Wednesday's dramatic promotion of uncapped 24-year-old Tom Taylor to his first Test start.

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Highlanders engage Gear to grind out tough victory despite clocking off early

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Marc Hinton The Highlanders put the financial woes of the Otago rugby union to one side with a superb 27-24 win over the Crusaders in their Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Saturday.