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Crusaders captain Kieran Read says they are pleased to leave Perth with a victory after beating the Force 19-20 as the match did not go as they had wanted.

The Crusaders victory is their fifth in a row after seven rounds and their only loss was in the opening round against the Chiefs.

The Christchurch side side are know to be slow starters and they usually lose their opening matches but this year they are well ahead of where they normally are.

The Crusaders now have victories over the Blues, Kings, Sharks, Lions and the Force behind them and having traveled to South Africa already they have five home matches still to come.

The Crusaders escaped with the one point victory thanks to a try in the 76th minute by Jordan Taufua after several try scoring opportunities were missed due to handling errors.

As good as the Force were in the match the Crusaders were their own worst enemy possibly due to traveling fatigue.

“I don’t think it was a good performance to be honest, we made far too many errors,” said Read after the match.

“Certainly not what we wanted to come here and do, but we’ll take the win and get back to the drawing board next week when we get home.

“We’re in a good place now in terms of results, but there is a lot of work to do.”

The Crusaders return to Christchurch as they play the Jaguares next weekend on Friday in the first match of the Round.

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