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‘Marky Mark’ shines but Crusaders too clinical for Tahs in opener

Different season, same old Crusaders. Despite losing a bevy of star names in Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Jordan Taufua and Matt Todd in the off-season, the champion Cantabrians have opened the defence of their Super Rugby title with an impressive 43-25 defeat of the Waratahs in Nelson. But the similarly new-look Tahs can take plenty from their first serious hit-out under head coach Rob Penney, in particular the talents of two-try debutant winger Mark Nawaqanitawase.

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