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Colin Slade and his mouthguard sent flying as Hadleigh Parkes goes on the rampage
The Crusaders lost a gritty Super XV encounter in Wellington while the Waratahs dominated an Aussie derby.

THE CANTERBURY CRUSADERS must be cursing the winter Test match break. The New Zealanders were on a Super Rugby hot-streak before the month-long break but picked up their season with a 16-9 defeat to Hurricanes in Wellington.

The excellently-named Blade Thomson scored the host’s two tries — the second a 50m dash from the lock after latching onto a Cory Jane grubber. Beauden Barrett nailed two penalties to make up for the missed conversions. Crusaders trailed 11-3 at the break and were restricted to Colin Slade penalties after the break.

Slade needed a moment to compose his thoughts, early in the first half, following a jarring tackle attempt on 16st Hurricanes centre Hadleigh Parkes.

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The Hurricanes’ win means they are just one point back from Crusaders and Highlanders in the New Zealand division. Check out the match highlights from the Westpac Stadium here:

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