Australia great Michael Lynagh has backed the Crusaders to win the 2012 Super Rugby title and provide fresh proof of New Zealand's dominance of world rugby.
Seven time Champions the Crusaders will face the Western Force on Saturday and have included All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and New Zealand star fly-half Dan Carter.
"I think the Stormers (from South Africa) might (beat the Rebels) tomorrow (Saturday) and then because they'll be playing at home (in the play-offs), that's a big advantage," Lynagh told British broadcaster Sky Sports.
"The Brumbies (from Australia) have had a wonderful year but I just think they've reached their end, they've made the play-offs and they've got a good coach in Jake White but I don't know whether they've got the team.
"For me, it's still the Crusaders - I said that at the start of the year and I'll stick to that.
"All the New Zealand teams are playing at a level above everyone else."
The Crusaders lost last year's Super Rugby final to the Reds in Brisbane.