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Crusaders edge Blues in sizzling opening to season

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Liam Napier

BLUES 18 CRUSADERS 19

Nabbed ... Ryan Crotty of the Crusaders is tackled as he attempts to slice through a gap.

Nabbed ... Ryan Crotty of the Crusaders is tackled as he attempts to slice through a gap. Photo: Getty Images

He arrived to rapturous applause but World Cup hero Piri Weepu couldn't nail a last-second dropped goal as the ever-composed Crusaders held on for a tense 19-18 victory in the opening Super Rugby clash at Eden Park tonight.  

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It was all too familiar suffocation. They didn't adopt the most attractive approach, but missing inspirational captain Richie McCaw and talisman Dan Carter, this a was crucial, high-stakes win that could prove pivotal in the battle for top seedings in the New Zealand conference.

Robbie Fruean of the Crusaders. Click for more photos

Crusaders prevail in opening classic

Crusaders defeat the Blues in a pulsating opening clash to the Super Rugby season. Photo: Getty Images