Crusaders first-five Richie Mo’unga has sent fans into raptures on social media with a sensational outing during his side’s 45-13 thrashing of the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday.

Mo’unga was again in sublime form for the reigning back-to-back Super Rugby champions, scoring two tries, assisting a third, running for 98 metres and beating four defenders from two clean breaks, and converting five from six kicks at goal.

His running game was a particular highlight, with the second of his two tries coming from a clean break after a taking the ball to the line and fooling the opposition defence with a dummy on the Bulls’ 10 metre mark.

A wicked step past the flailing defensive effort of Cornal Hendricks on the 22 metre mark was enough to see him score under the posts, despite a late tackle attempt from Divan Rossouw.

Mo’unga’s kicking ability was also lauded by fans online, with the 24-year-old completing two pinpoint cross kicks in consecutive phases to assist the third of Sevu Reece’s tries.

So good was his form in his side’s win that many took to Twitter to express their admiration for the nine-test All Black’s performance, with some suggesting that he deserves the starting first-five jersey over the incumbent and two-time World Rugby Player of the Year Beauden Barrett.

#BulvCru Richie Mo’unga emphasizing his quality as the best first five eighth/flyhalf in the world with an excellent performance against the Bulls.

Richie Mo’unga has the ball on a god damn string! Are you kidding me with those two cross field kicks???? How is this guy not your ABs starting 10 at this stage. Especially with the outside backs equation, surely BB goes to fullback. #BULvCRU

— Louis Herman-Watt (@LouisHWatt) May 10, 2019

Richie Mo’unga is brilliant. There’s no arguing against that fact. #BULvCRU

The coach should send Pollard a notebook and a pen in case he forgets all the lessons his getting from Richie Mo’unga…Crusaders can invoice after the game. #ssrugby #BullsFamily#BULvCRU

— Amos (@amos_boltman) May 10, 2019

Honestly, the Crusaders with Richie Mo’unga. ? #BULvCRU #SuperRugby

Mo’unga wasn’t the only player that impressed onlookers from that clash, with hat-trick hero Reece enhancing his credentials as a potential bolter in the All Blacks’ World Cup squad with another standout display on the right wing.

The 22-year-old’s three tries means his personal tally of tries this season stands at nine, elevating him to second in this season’s Super Rugby try-scoring charts, trailing only Brumbies hooker Folau Fainga’a, who has 10.

How about Richie Mo’unga directing the whole game! 2 genius cross kicks & that man Sevu Reece again!!! @crusadersrugby #BULvCRU @SuperRugbyNZ

— Stephan (@mossie90) May 10, 2019

Sevu Reece is the best Winger in the Super Rugby right now #BULvCRU

— Qlemy Makanya (@NjaNja_herdboy) May 10, 2019

I’ll keep bragging up SEVU REECE… 3 tries away from home, he just keeps on scoring!!! He must be on that plane to @rugbyworldcup he has that WOW factor @AllBlacks #BULvCRU

— Christopher Logan (@CLCourtney82) May 10, 2019

Sevu Reece what a lad!!! #BULvCRU

— Just Add Water (@KoppeStamp06) May 10, 2019

So people talk up Ben Lam as if he should be an All Black. Sorry Canes fans, George Bridge and Sevu Reece just showed him who’s boss. #BULvCRU

— Jabba The Huttz (@jabba_the_hutts) May 10, 2019

The victory keeps the Crusaders at the summit of the Super Rugby standings with 47 points from 12 matches, seven points clear of the next closest team, the Hurricanes.

Meanwhile, the Bulls remain at the top of the South African conference and sit in third spot on the overall table with 28 points, but could be overtaken by the Sharks and/or Jaguares in their conference should either or both sides secure victory this weekend.

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