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Crusaders march on

The Crusaders notched their sixth successive Super Rugby win on Friday after seeing off the Chiefs 34-16 at Mount Maunganui.

Robbie Fruean, Sean Maitland, Andy Ellis and Luke Romano gave the Crusaders a four-try bonus-point win with Matt Berquist kicking 14 points.

The struggling 11th-placed Chiefs, who could only muster one try through Lelia Masanga, fell to their sixth loss with Mike Delany booting 11 points.

The Highlanders maintained their impressive start to the 2011 Super Rugby season with an emphatic 40-18 defeat of the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park.

The win improved the New Zealand franchise's record to 6-2 which represents considerable progress for a team more accustomed to being towards the foot of the table in recent seasons.

They achieved this latest triumph without key playmaker Colin Slade for all but five minutes with Slade taken to hospital with a suspected jaw injury.

Flanker Adam Thomson and winger Siale Piutau both crossed twice, with a 60-metre effort by Thomson 10 minutes from time proving the match highlight.

Alando Soakai and Kade Poki scored the other tries for Crusaders as Robbie Robinson kicked 10 points.

The only bright spots for the home side came during the final 15 minutes with forwards Hugh Pyle and Greg Somerville scoring consolation tries to keep the encouraging 18,739 crowd happy.

Danny Cipriani also booted eight points.

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