The Crusaders have dominated the ladder-topping Blues to gain the Tremendous Rugby Pacific last 21-7 at a marketed-out Eden Park in Auckland.
The powerhouse Christchurch-based franchise claimed a document-extending 11th Super Rugby crown as they snapped the Blues’ 15-match winning streak with a ruthless show in soaked and slippery disorders.
Halfback Bryn Hall’s transformed limited-variety try in the 39th minute gave the Crusaders a 13- halftime direct, pursuing an earlier fall objective and penalty intention from playmaker Richie Mo’unga.
Mo’unga included a penalty soon after halftime in advance of halfback Finlay Christie at last acquired the Blues on the scoreboard in the 59th moment with an opportunist test, transformed by Stephen Perofeta.
The introduction of common skipper Dalton Papalii off the bench added momentum for the Blues as they threatened a comeback from 16-7 down.
Nonetheless the Crusaders sealed the acquire when flanker Pablo Matera kicked ahead and winger Sevu Reece won the the race to decide up the bobbling ball and rating in the 76th moment.
The Crusaders also won the all-New Zealand Super Aotearoa titles during the pandemic-affected seasons of 2020 and 2021.