Crusaders victory marks Carter milestone
The Crusaders helped Dan Carter celebrate his 100th Super Rugby game in style with a comprehensive 42-14 victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington.
Carter was one of four try-scorers for the visitors, who dominated the game from the opening whistle. Kieran Read, Carter, Robbie Fruean and Israel Dagg all crossed before the break and full-back Dagg chipped in with another in the second half. Tom Taylor missed just two kicks as he added 17 points with the boot.
The Hurricanes' tries came from Andre Taylor and Victor Vito, who got through a mountain of work on his return from a calf injury.
Meanwhile, the Waratahs ruined Kurtley Beale's homecoming with a 30-21 victory over the fast-finishing Melbourne Rebels at Allianz Stadium.
NSW hit the front with a try for Bernard Foley after just 26 seconds, and they struck twice after the interval to open up a commanding 30-7 lead on the hour mark.
The Waratahs were reduced to 14 men when Rob Horne was yellow-carded for a lifting tackle on Beale, and the Rebels made things interesting with consecutive tries from Tim Davidson and Lachie Mitchell to close within nine points late in the contest. But it was too little, too late for the visitors as the Waratahs held on to retain the Weary Dunlop Shield.
In South Africa, Aaron Cruden scored 13 points as the Chiefs stayed top of the Super 15 table with victory over the Sharks in Durban.
The New Zealand fly-half ran in the opening try of the game and kicked the conversion and two penalties to help extend the visitors unbeaten run to seven matches. Augustine Pulu also crossed at the death for the Chiefs, while all of the Sharks points came from the boot of Patrick Lambie.
In Pretoria, the Bulls held off a late charge by the Brumbies to take a thrilling 36-34 victory.
Despite being outscored by five tries to two, the home side had the boot of Morne Steyn on their side and his 26 points proved to be a match-winning contribution. The Brumbies had looked set for a resounding defeat, but showed enough resolve to claim a losing bonus point when Anthony Hegarty scored in the last minute.