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Crusaders beat Chiefs, Brumbies top Sunwolves in Super Rugby

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) The Christchurch-based Crusaders made a scratchy start to the defense of their Super Rugby title on Saturday, weathering two yellow cards and relying on a disputed penalty try and two late intercepts to beat the Hamilton-based Chiefs 45-23.

The Chiefs led 20-19, against the run of play, after 56 minutes before the Crusaders began a concerted rally with a try to captain Sam Whitelock.

In other matches Saturday, the ACT Brumbies rallied from 19-8 down in the first half to beat the Japan-based Sunwolves 32-25 in Tokyo. And the New South Wales Waratahs scored a try in the final seconds to beat South Africa's Stormers 34-27.