Crusaders impress

The Crusaders recorded their fourth Super Rugby win in as many games as the beat the Brumbies 40-20 in Christchurch on Saturday.

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It continues a real turnaround in form for the New Zealanders who had lost three of their first five matches this season.

A lot of the work was done by the work of Colin Slade, who kept the scoreboard ticking over throughout and ended with 23 points.

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A try on the stroke of the half-time hooter gave the Crusaders some real authrority and they went on to outscore their visitors by three tries to two to get the job done.

Two penalties inside the first 13 minutes from Slade got the Crusaders going, before Nic White grabbed one back.

Two more three-pointers from Slade kept his side in control, and even when White got another, Slade took it out to 15-6 at the half-time whistle.

That went but play continued over several phases before Johnny McNicholl scored and Slade tagged on a conversion.

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Stephen Moore responded with an unconverted five-pointer for the Brumbies, taking in a Ben Mowen pass, before another Slade penalty took it out to 25-13.

Nemani Nadolo then grabbed a second home try, cashing in after a Sam Whitelock charge down, with Slade atoning for a rare miss with the conversion by slotting another penalty.

A third try then arrived through Luke Whitelock who got to his own kick ahead first, with Pat McCabe adding a late consolation for the Brumbies.

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