Flyhalf Richie Mo’unga scored 28 factors in an impressive particular person show to drive the Crusaders to a 43-27 win over the Blues in a Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa conflict of Check match depth on Sunday.
An enormous crowd turned out at Eden Park hoping to see the house facet snap a 12-match shedding streak towards the Crusaders going again to 2014 however the reigning champions took their probabilities clinically to increase their lead on the high of the standings.
Mo’unga left out the road for a attempt 11 minutes from time nevertheless it was his unerring kicking from the tee that proved decisive as he slotted 5 penalties and transformed all 4 tries.
The Blues scored 4 tries, three within the second half, however their hopes of snatching a win on the demise have been dashed when prop Ofa Tuungafasi was despatched to the sin bin 5 minutes from time for an unlawful clear-out of Scott Barrett.
The Crusaders retained their 100 per cent report this season to maneuver 9 factors away from the beforehand unbeaten Blues within the standings and stay within the field seat for a twelfth Tremendous Rugby title.
“It is nice to win right here at Eden Park,” mentioned Crusaders captain Barrett.
“The Blues performed some nice rugby and examined us up entrance, it was an actual battle there.
“It was virtually like a Check match and we needed to flip stress into factors.”
With 20 All Blacks on the sector, the conflict was all the time going to be intense and the Blues pack tore into the Crusaders from the beginning.
“There was a variety of wrongdoing on our facet and towards the Crusaders you’ll be able to’t afford to try this,” Blues captain Patrick Tuipulotu mentioned.