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Round 15 of Super Rugby 2013 started with a humdinger of a New Zealand derby as the defending champions hosted their nemesis from Christchurch, a team they last faced in the knock-out stages the previous season. Coming off a few less-than-formidable performances, it was no surprise that the Chiefs entered this encounter as the underdogs, but that notion quickly went up in flames as Aaron Cruden wasted no time in upstaging All Black frontrunner Dan Carter. From the moment the Cruden scored the first charge-down try off a Carter mistake the Crusaders seemed to be fighting an uphill battle, one they eventually lost 28-19, and leaving Hamilton without anything to show for it, seriously hampering their play-off prospects in the process.
In Melbourne, the Rebels hit the ground running, quickly establishing a lead and then holding on as Berrick Barnes chipped away at it through penalties before Israel Folau scored an intercept try almost on half time. The Waratahs got themselves ahead on the scoreboard, but seemed to be stuttering uncharacteristically and although Barnes kept slotting his shots at goal, Rebels fullback Jason Woodward kept them in touch. The visitors put the hosts under enormous pressure as the game drew to a close, but the ball was turned over and winger Tom English pounced on the opportunity to score his second for the home team, enabling them