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Crusaders see off Chiefs in controversial fashion


The Crusaders closed on the Super Rugby Aotearoa title with a 32-19 victory over the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

In bouncing back from their 34-32 loss to the Hurricanes last week, the Crusaders moved seven points clear of the Blues on the log.

Early tries from Tom Sanders and Will Jordan set the 10-time Super Rugby champions on their way and though the boot of Damian McKenzie, who converted four penalties, kept the Chiefs in the hunt, Lachlan Boshier provided their only five-pointer.

Codie Taylor, Sevu Reece and Leicester Fainga'anuku also went over for the Crusaders to secure a bonus-point win.

Reece's try, which came when the visitors led 20-19, proved to be a controversial turning point in the match, with Quinten Strange appearing to knock on in the buildup.

Sam Whitelock had extra cause for celebration on his 150th appearance for the Crusaders, while Aaron Cruden's 100th outing for the Chiefs was one to forget as they fell to an eighth straight loss.

Match highlights

Chiefs – Try: Lachlan Boshier. Conversion: Damian McKenzie. Penalties: McKenzie (4).
Crusaders – Tries: Tom Sanders, Will Jordan, Codie Taylor, Sevu Reece, Leicester Fainga’anuku. Conversions: Richie Mo’unga (2). Penalty: Mo’unga.