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While South African outfit Bulls continued their hot streak in Super 14, things have gone from bad to worse for Canterbury Crusaders. The defending champions have now lost three Super 14 games on the trot, and went scoreless for the first time in their history as they lost 6-0 to Highlanders. But there could still be worse to follow, with Crusaders chiefs waiting on news of talisman skipper Richie McCaw following the defeat. Canterbury already have a huge injury list with Leon MacDonald, Casey Laulala, Sean Maitland, Kade Poki and Corey Flynn already out along with fly-half Dan Carter, who picked up a Achilles injury while on a sabbatical at Perpignan.

But coach Todd Blackadder is set to discover how serious things will be for McCaw after he limped off at Dunedin with what is thought to be a medial ligament strain. The flanker will undergo a scan today. Meanwhile, captain Victor Matfield came on at half time after a two-week injury absence and inspired Bulls to a 14-10 victory over compatriots the Stormers. Wynand Olivier scored the only try for the Bulls, and a delighted Matfield said: "We showed a lot of patience but it's tough to keep the ball for longer than three or four phases with the experimental laws."

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