The Crusaders have asserted their favouritism for a Super Rugby three-peat with a dominant display to beat the Hurricanes 38-22 in Christchurch.
The home side controlled the game from the start and were relentless throughout the first half.
Scott Barrett scored the first try of the match, crossing after some fantastic work from Jack Goodhue and their forward pack.
Richie Mo'unga doubled the Crusaders lead just 15 minutes later scoring after a miraculous off-load from winger Manasa Mataele, giving the pass while falling out with his leg in the air over the line.
Mo'unga scored his second of the night just before half-time, finishing off a good set piece.
The Hurricanes made too many mistakes and the home side were just far too clinical scoring four tries in the 24-0 first-half.
Scott Barrett got the second half off to the perfect start - as he did in the first, scoring in the opening minutes to send the hosts out to a 31-point lead.
The Hurricanes started to ease their way into the game in the second half with Ben Lam scoring after a dash down the right wing breaking the tackle of George Bridge.
Wes Goosen scored the second for the Canes but it was too little too late, the damage was already done.
George Bridge scored for the Crusaders late in the game to take the lead out to 38-10.
A spirited Hurricanes side didn't give up and Ben Lam and TJ Perenara ran in late tries to bring the score back to 38-22 when the final whistle went.