Super Rugby 2019: Crusaders come from behind to thrash Brumbies in Christchurch

The Crusaders have produced a dominant second-half performance to thrash the Brumbies 36-14 in Christchurch.

The match had a fast, frantic start with both sides looking to play positive attacking rugby.

Handling errors cost the Crusaders in the first half, handing the Brumbies the bulk of the possession which they struggled to turn into points - turning down three shots at goal to kick to the corner.

Their reward came in the 33rd minute as first five Christian Lealiifano scored the game's opening try.

That was the way it stood until half-time.

The Crusaders came out of the sheds looking like the red and blacks we have come to expect this season, Sevu Reece levelling things up with a try in the 44th minute.

The home sides turned the screws mid-way through the second half with right winger Will Jordan running in a double in three minutes.

The first coming off the back of a high tackle from Toni Pulu which sent him to the sin bin - allowing the winger to go over.

His second came after a Richie Mo'unga break and he set up Jordan for a brace.

Jordan Taufua scored his first try of the match in the 71st minute and Sevu Reece ended any chances of a Brumbies comeback with his second of the night.

Wallabies centre Tavita Kuridrani scored the final try of the night after a slick backline move setting him up for the 70-metre try.

Discipline was an issue for the visitors in the second half as they had two players sin-binned - spending 20 minutes with 14 men which proved too tough as the Crusaders made it 23 wins in a row at home.