Crusaders hold their nerve
The Crusaders were expected to breeze past the Blues in Auckland but at this stage of the tournament it appears there is no such thing as an easy game as the Crusaders had to dig deep to overcome the impressive efforts of the home side.
The Crusaders seemed to take charge of the clash from the opening whistle yet tenacious defence from the Blues saw them not only stay in the match but actually enjoyed the half time lead.
With Nemai Nadolo back the visitors were keen to get their lethal weapon involved as often as possible. The big winger obliged with the opening score but predominantly the Blues kept him as quiet as could be expected.
As the match went on the visitors could have been excused for getting frustrated with the near faultless efforts of their hosts in keeping their impressive running and offloading game out. In the style of true title contenders the men in red were able to hold their composure and eventually seal the 26-21 win.