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Crusaders top Blues 29-15 in Super Rugby

(AP) -- The Crusaders scored tries in the opening minutes of both halves on their way to a 29-15 win over the Blues on Saturday which breathed life into their playoffs hopes in Super Rugby.

Scrumhalf Mitchell Drummond scored in the first minute as the Christchurch-based Crusaders snatched a lead they refused to relinquish for the remainder of the match, staving off the threat of a third straight home defeat.

The seven-time champions dashed to an early 14-0 lead before the Blues closed to 17-10 by halftime. Tom Taylor's try in the opening minute of the second half reopened their 14-point margin, helping to ensure their fifth win in 10 games and finally snuffing out the Blues' faint playoff chances.

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