Despite being 0-3 for the season, the Chiefs named a strong side and came south with plenty of optimism. But it took just nine minutes for the wind to be taken out of the Chiefs sails and it was done by a Waikato Mitre 10 Cup star on debut for the Crusaders. Starting on the right wing for the first time, Sevu Reece plucked a Damian McKenzie crosskick out of mid-air and ran 60 metres to put the Crusaders hot on attack. With the defence stretched, Jack Goodhue put Braydon Ennor over for the opening try, with a slick offload.

Just moments later, Reece showed his danger again by leaping high to grab an intercept and running all the way to the line. The Chiefs had shown plenty of endeavour in the opening ten minutes but were punished in full for their two mistakes.
To beat the Crusaders you need to find a chink in their armour and exploit it. It looked like the Chiefs may have found it in the 16th minute when they pushed the Crusaders scrum back close to the line and Taleni Seu went over to close the gap to 12-7.
But that was to be as close as the Chiefs would get as the Crusaders racked up their biggest ever score over the Chiefs. In all, the Crusaders crossed for nine tries while the Chiefs showed great heart to pick up a couple of late tries. 

The Crusaders were relentless with ball in hand. Forwards and backs combined seamlessly, no-look passes found their mark and support runners were always on hand to continue the attack. 

Next week, the Crusaders travel to Dunedin to face the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium while the Chiefs will search for their first win of the season against the Hurricanes in Hamilton.

Scorers: BNZ Crusaders 57 (Braydon Ennor, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan 2, Andrew Makalio, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor 2, Bryn Hall tries, Richie Mo’unga 5 con, Brett Cameron con) Chiefs 28 (Taleni Seu, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Mitchell Brown tries, Damian McKenzie 3 con, Jack Debreczeni try, con) HT: 33-7
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