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Crusaders meet the Hurricanes head on to win Easily.By Mark Ella

Last year the Crusaders made it to the Super Rugby finals against the Queensland Reds without playing a game at home after the devastating earthquake in Christchurch in the Canterbury region of New Zealand.

They have won more Super Rugby trophies than any other team and the way they played against a desperate Hurricanes side on the weekend it looks like they are just starting to hit their straps.

Every professional team in world sport knows the importance of winning at home and what a bonus it is to win away and that is what the Crusaders have been doing for years now because great teams can rise to the occasion all the time and not just every second week.

After a slow start to their Super Rugby season there are ominous signs ahead for the Crusaders opponents starting with the Waratahs next weekend in Sydney.

I expected a close contest between the two leading New Zealand provinces but after the first 36 minutes the Crusaders were leading the Hurricanes in Wellington by a massive 32-0.

The Hurricanes playing is front of their home crowd were doing their best and not taking a step backwards against their more fancied neighbors but the Crusaders simply had too much grunt up front with their forwards dominating the game and too much speed out wide.

All Blacks great Daniel Carter had been moved to inside centre to accommodate another rising No.10 Tom Taylor who played like a veteran and kicked seven goals out of nine attempts in an effort that we expect from Carter himself.

It is amazing just how the Crusaders can continually breed their next generation of champions who of course play a big role in the structure of the All Blacks and young Taylor will get his opportunity soon.

After scoring four tries in the first half to secure an early bonus point, including one to Carter playing in his 100th Super Rugby match, the game was over after the first 40 minutes.

To their credit the Hurricanes didn't lie down and attempted to play positive attacking rugby at all times as was displayed when full back Andre Taylor gave his team some remote hope when he slipped around a couple of Crusaders players to score in the right corner on the bell of half time.

They also scored the first try in the second half when All Blacks No. 8 Victor Vito crossed the line but the Crusaders put the final nail in the coffin when full back Israel Dagg put the game beyond question when he scored in the 62nd minutes.

The Crusaders are littered with All Blacks both in the forwards and throughout the three-quarters with the likes of Andy Ellis, Carter, Robbie Fruean and Zac Guildford taking every opportunity to make the most from turnover ball by spreading the ball wide to willing runners.

After watching a rather dull and unimaginative Waratahs side defeat the Rebels in Sydney 30-21 last weekend it will be a welcomed change to have a quality team like the Crusaders in town to show us rugby fans just what we are missing out on every weekend.

Apart from the Brumbies who played with passion and commitment against the Bulls in South Africa, AustralIan rugby's other four Super Rugby franchises are way off the pace and doing their best to turn rugby fans off the code.

New Zealand teams on the other hand like the Highlanders, Chiefs and particularly the  Crusaders are playing with so much flair and adventure that they are a pleasure to watch.

And I am not the one to want the Crusaders to defeat the team I played all my rugby with when I was a bit younger but a thorough shellacking by the Kiwi's over the Waratahs may make them realise just what it takes to earn a Super Rugby title.

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