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