The Hurricanes were taught a lesson on Friday evening in Nelson as the Crusaders romped to a 35-18 win.
Wing Nemani Nadolo showed why he is one of the best wings in Super Rugby with another dominant performance setting up a number of the Crusaders scoring plays an dotting down himself.
At just 16-8 at the break, the game was still anyones but signs were ominous in the first that the Crudasers were getting on top.
The Crusaders scored three second half tries to put the game away.
The Hurricanes had opportunities but failed to convert on a number of occasions.
Hooker Dane Coles and flanker Ardie Savea were able to get their names on the score sheet in what was an under whelming performance from a top-of-the-table side.
Crusaders 35 (Mitchell Drummond, Nafi Tuitavake, Matt Todd, Nemani Nadolo tries, Dan Carter 3 pens, 3 cons) beat Hurricanes 18 (Dane Coles, Ardie Savea tries, Otere Black con, 2 pens). Halftime: 16-8.