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6 May 2016
12:13 pm

Hat-trick helps Crusaders maintain pressure

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The seven-time champions prevailed 38-5 in a six-try-to-one bonus-point display for their eighth straight win in the southern hemisphere competition.

Andy Ellis of the Crusaders looks to pass the ball during the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Reds at AMI Stadium on May 6, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

The Canterbury Crusaders maintained their Super Rugby challenge with a dominant display over the Queensland Reds on Friday, fuelled by a hat-trick from winger Jone Macilai-Tori.

The seven-time champions prevailed 38-5 in a six-try-to-one bonus-point display for their eighth straight win in the southern hemisphere competition.

Try-machine Waisake Naholo’s suspension proved no hinderance as another Fijian winger, Macilai-Tori, stepped up with a three-try effort.

He had two in the first eight minutes and Crusaders skipper Kieran Read said it set up the win.

“It certainly does help when you have a start like that,” he said.

The result was the Crusaders fifth straight victory over the Reds since the Queenslanders defeated them in the Super Rugby final in 2011.

Macilai-Tori scored his first try from an overlap after four minutes, then latched onto the end of a slick assist from the base of a scrum for his second.

Scott Barrett crossed for the Crusaders third after pressure from a lineout drive in the 33rd minute to make it 21-0 after the conversion.

Macilai-Tori then completed his hat-trick just after the restart, running onto free space into the corner for his third.

He had another disallowed for a double movement but Jordan Taufua and Codie Taylor completed the rout.