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Ten the magic number for Crusaders after annihilation of Bulls

By Harry West

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Crusaders’ scintillating Super Rugby form continued as they made it 10 wins from as many matches to start the season with Saturday’s 62-24 hammering of Bulls.


The dominant New Zealand outfit have now scored at least 40 points in each of their past six outings, and this latest romp sets them up perfectly for a mouth-watering clash at home to Hurricanes next weekend.

Crusaders made a typically fast start at Loftus Versfeld Stadium and were 14-0 up thanks to Pete Samu and Tim Bateman.

Further first-half tries from Scott Barrett and Seta Tamanivalu – either side of Jack Goodhue’s first Super Rugby score – had Crusaders in complete control, 31-3 to the good at the interval.

And the second period followed much the same pattern as the first, David Havili and Richie Mo’unga next to cross the whitewash before Goodhue went over for his second.

The final half an hour saw the match become ever more stretched, Bulls showing some signs of fight with Jesse Kriel, Jamba Ulengo and Jan Serfontein taking advantage of the extra space on offer, but Bulls’ defence was similarly ragged with Andrew Makalio and Mitchell Hunt making it 10 tries to go with the Crusaders’ 10th successive win.

Meanwhile, Curwin Bosch contributed 20 points as Sharks ran out comfortable 37-12 winners over Western Force.


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