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Kieran Read was influential in Crusaders' victory

Kieran Read was influential in Crusaders' victory

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Kieran Read was influential in Crusaders' victory

Skipper Kieran Read led the way as the Crusaders eased to a 23-3 victory over the Blues at the AMI Stadium.

Crusaders were on fire with their lineouts and scrum in the closing stages, while by contrast ill-discipline cost the visitors - giving away six penalties at crucial periods of the game.

The defeat brought to an end a two-game winning run for the visitors as the hosts replaced them in the Super Rugby top six.