Carter stars in Crusaders victory
Fly-half Dan Carter scored two tries on his way to amassing 27 points as Crusaders thrashed the Cheetahs 57-14 in a comprehensive bonus-point victory on Saturday.
The New Zealand international scored his first try in the 54th minute and touched down for his second in the 69th, with a penalty kick and seven conversions capping an impressive individual performance.
Jordan Taufua also scored twice while Israel Dagg, Nemani Nadolo and David Havili also touched down, with Crusaders awarded a penalty try after a series of scrum resets.
Francois Venter and Johann Sadie scored for the Cheetahs with Joe Pietersen kicking both conversions.
Crusaders were reduced to 14 men early on when Kieron Fonotia connected with Willie le Roux in the air and was sent to the sin bin, but they did not concede any points while he was off the pitch.
Carter missed a penalty attempt but he was on target in the 19th minute to convert Taufua's opening try from a pick and go.
Pietersen was also off target with his first penalty attempt but the Cheetahs were soon back on terms when Venter picked up a loose ball and raced to the line to score in the 28th minute.
Pietersen added the extras to level the score at 7-7 and it did not take long for Cheetahs to take the lead as two minutes later they broke out after a line out with Sadie going over to score, Pietersen again scoring the conversion.
Carter added a penalty on the half-time siren as Cheetahs took a 14-10 lead into the break, but thereafter it was all Crusaders, who piled on an unanswered 47 points.
First a penalty try after a series of scrums and pressure on the Cheetahs' line saw the hosts go ahead after Le Roux was sent to the sin-bin, with Dagg then crossing after a flowing move.
Carter slipped through to score the bonus point try and while Le Roux returned, the Cheetahs were soon back down to 14 men after more pressure at the scrum saw Coenie Oosthuizen sent to the sin-bin.
Crusaders capitalised quickly with a second try for Taufua, Carter missing the conversion this time, but it was of little concern as the hosts were dominating and soon after Havili scored his debut Super Rugby try.
Carter slotted the conversion and after a mix-up in the Cheetahs backline he raced over for his second try of the match with another successful conversion wrapping up the victory.