Match Report: Crusaders cruise on Crockett's big night
The former New Zealand prop became the first player to reach a double-century of Super Rugby appearances in an ultimately comfortable win at Wyatt Crockett Stadium – renamed for one match in honour of his achievement – as he attempts to inspire the defending champions to another title in his final season.
George Bridge crossed twice, while Richie Mo’unga contributed one try, four conversions and four penalties, as the Crusaders pulled further clear at the league’s summit.
The Crusaders started brightly and had a pair of early tries through Bridge and David Kaetau Havili.
Scott Barrett charged through before the break to restore a healthy Crusaders lead, and the tries kept coming following the restart, as Mo’unga and Waisake Naholo traded scores.
It was Bridge who then completed the scoring, the full-time whistle blowing after Crockett turned down the opportunity to attempt a late penalty kick, to the disappointment of the home crowd.
Elsewhere, the Rebels’ post-season hopes were hit by their failure to take top spot in the Australian Conference in a 37-23 defeat at the Reds.
Maddocks’ kick was charged down by Izack Rodda, who crossed unchallenged, before Filipo Daugunu added another after the siren.
Jono Lance capped a fine night with his boot by getting a try late on, ending with 20 points in a superb individual display.
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