THE Crusaders kicked off the 2012 Super Rugby season with a tight one point victory over the Blues at Eden Park on Friday.
Discipline cost the Blues dearly as they outscored their opposition in tries but Crusaders number 10 Tyler Bleyendaal kicked 4 penalties.
All Blacks Rugby world cup hero Piri Weepu could have snatched victory at the death for the Blues but his kick was charged down.
The 21-year-old Bleyendaal, starting a Super Rugby match for the first time, as understudy to injured All Blacks star Dan Carter, landed a conversion and four penalties for 14 points as the visitors won despite having one try against their opponent's two.
The Crusaders who were runners-up last year despite losing their home ground to the Christchurch earthquake, again showed resilience by twice rallying to hit the front in a match in which in which the lead changed hands three times.
Read the full match report at the Super XV website.