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Crusaders hammer Sharks

Crusaders put in a dominant display as they crushed a poor Sharks side 52-10 in Durban.

Crusaders recorded their second biggest victory against Sharks in the history of Super Rugby as they stormed to an emphatic 52-10 win in Durban.

Andy Ellis broke through to open the scoring with a second-minute try and that set up the pattern for the rest of the afternoon.

Israel Dagg added a second and Kieran Fonotia ran over a third try with just 21 minutes on the clock - with the bonus point secured as early as the 33rd minute with Ryan Crotty's try.

All of those tries were converted by Colin Slade, with only a 17th-minute penalty from Patrick Lambie coming as a response from the home side.

Jean Deysel was shown a red card in the 41st minute after catching Matt Todd with a knee, the second time he has been sent off against the Crusaders in the last year - although a flurry of yellow cards had stunted the visitors' great start.

The second-half very much followed the first as Crusaders once again dominated - racking up four further tries through Slade, David Havili, Matt Todd and Tom Taylor.

Sharks could only manage one try as Odwa Ndungane went over as the third-placed side narrowly avoided slipping to their largest ever Super Rugby defeat.


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