The Canterbury Crusaders bounced again from their first lack of the competitors and put one hand on the Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa trophy on Saturday with a 32-19 victory over the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton.
The 10-times Tremendous Rugby champions moved to 24 factors on the desk, seven forward of the second-placed Auckland Blues, who play the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on Sunday, then have subsequent week off.
The Crusaders host the Highlanders subsequent Sunday earlier than they journey to Eden Park to face the Blues within the ultimate match of the competitors on Aug. 16.
The Chiefs have now misplaced eight successive video games, together with all seven within the home competitors.
The Crusaders misplaced their first recreation of Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa final Saturday in opposition to the Wellington Hurricanes and stated all through this week they had been in no temper to repeat the expertise in opposition to the Chiefs.
They raced out to a 12-Zero lead inside the primary 15 minutes with tries to quantity eight Tom Sanders and fullback Will Jordan.
The Chiefs, nonetheless, battled their approach again into the sport and struck again with a transformed strive from spectacular free ahead Lachlan Boshier and a Damian McKenzie penalty.
However Crusaders captain Codie Taylor crashed over instantly after Chiefs winger Shaun Stevenson was given a yellow card for a deliberate knock down of a go, to present the guests a 17-10 lead at halftime.
McKenzie then slotted two penalties within the first 10 minutes of the second half to make it 17-16 earlier than flyhalf Richie Mo’unga prolonged the Crusaders’ lead together with his first penalty.
The pair exchanged an extra penalty apiece earlier than the Crusaders gave themselves some respiratory room with two fast tries to Sevu Reece and Leicester Fainga’anuku that additionally put the match past doubt.