Crusaders too strong for Waratahs but denied bonus point
The Crusaders dominated their Super Rugby title clash with the Waratahs but were denied a bonus point by one of their former players in a 29-10 victory at AMI Stadium.
The competition's form team were in control throughout and when Jordan Taufua touched down they had moved three tries clear, but former New Zealand wing Zac Guildford raced over to prevent them from claiming a maximum haul.
Trailing 22-5 at half-time, the Waratahs never looked capable of registering an upset in the battle between the top two in the Australasian group.
The Crusaders had eased 12-0 ahead inside the opening 10 minutes with Johnny McNicholl involved in both tries.
The wing crossed for the first in the corner with Richie Mo'unga converting before supplying the scoring pass to Israel Dagg for the second.
A brilliant gliding break from Israel Folau enabled Ron Horne to touch down, but the Crusaders seized back the initiative when scrum-half Andy Ellis - who was making his 150th appearance for the franchise - sent Mo'unga over.
Poor conditions in Christchurch had failed to dent either team's ambition, but the quality of the play in third quarter in suffered with mistakes and aimless kicking scarring the game.
It took the strength of flanker Taufua to get the scoreboard ticking over once more as he showed determination to burrow over from close range.
Replacement Guildford had the final say, however, as de drifted off his wing to take the ball at the breakdown and slip through a gap.