A late Crusdaers onslaught hasn't been enough as Canterbury's super rugby side lost 32-30 to the Bulls in their round seven clash this morning in Pretoria.
The home team recovered from an early 10-point deficit to lead by 16 points with 10 minutes remaining.
But the Crusaders hit back with winger Zac Guildford crossing for a try Dan Carter converted and replacement back Tom Taylor having another try disallowed before Tom Marshall raced in and Carter converted again.
The Bulls ended with only 40 per cent possession in the match but their superiority for the first 30 minutes of the second half reaped 23 points.
The Crusaders retained possession superbly throughout the first half, lead13-9 at half time, but added just three points before their late scoring surge.
Dan Carter, making his second start after a lengthy injury lay-off, kicked four out of seven shots at goal.
The Crusaders, who defeated the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend, return home for a third consecutive clash with a South African side as leaders Stormers visit Christchurch.