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Crusaders stay unbeaten, defeat Force 45-17 in Super Rugby

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) The Crusaders maintained their unbeaten start to Super Rugby when they beat the Western Force 45-17 to open the fifth round on Friday.

In contrast to their last three matches in which they came from behind to win - after trailing by 18, 21 and 19 points respectively - the Crusaders led the Force throughout to win by seven tries to two.

But after leading 28-17 at halftime, the Crusaders struggled to drive home their advantage in the second half, and their winning margin was inflated by two tries in the last 10 minutes.