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Crusaders romp to 9th straight win in Super Rugby

(AP) -- The Crusaders romped to a ninth straight win to keep hold of top spot in Super Rugby on Saturday, and closest rivals the Lions began their tour of Australia with a win and clinched a bonus point with the last move of the game.

New Zealand's Christchurch-based Crusaders demolished South Africa's Cheetahs 48-21 in Bloemfontein, with wing George Bridge getting a hat trick for the second time in two games and the Crusaders putting 40 points or more past their opponents for the fifth straight game.

Last weekend, the seven-time champion Crusaders hammered South Africa's Stormers. This time, the Cheetahs couldn't keep up as the unbeaten Crusaders seek a record-extending eighth title but the first in nearly 10 years.