A chill must’ve run down the spine of Hurricanes coach John Plumtree on Saturday.
Emotion was either going to buoy or swamp the Crusaders against the Waratahs and it didn’t take long to work out which.
Events in Christchurch, plus the All Blacks-prescribed rests for Scott Barrett and Richie Mo’unga, were more than the Crusaders could cope with, as they slumped to an ugly 20-12 loss to the Waratahs.
Few Crusaders teams have ever played worse, which is surely bad news for the Hurricanes.
With that performance out of their system, and Mo’unga and Barrett likely to be back, the Crusaders will present a far sterner challenge at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Friday.