Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The seven-time champion Crusaders showed their pedigree with a resounding victory over the previously unbeaten Bulls in their Super Rugby
clash in Christchurch on Saturday.VIDEO: Crusaders v Bulls highlights
The Crusaders won 41-19 after leading 22-9 at half-time.
The Crusaders scored six tries through centre Robbie Fruean, No 8 Kieran Read, wings Johnny McNicholl and Tom Marshall, prop Wyatt Crockett and replacement scrumhalf Willi Heinz. Flyhalf Dan Carter was on target with four conversions and a penalty.
The Bulls responded with a try by flank Deon Stegmann and a conversion and four penalties by pivot Morne Steyn.
The Crusaders picked up a full-house of five points and moved to third in the New Zealand Conference
and seventh in the Overall log
The Bulls left empty-handed, but remained top of the South African Conference
and third in the Overall standings
In next weekend's Round 6
action, the Crusaders host the Kings in Christchurch while the Bulls travel to Brisbane to play the Reds.Teams:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Adam WhitelockBulls:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jürgen Visser, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Jan Serfontein
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