OPINION: Stuff’s power rankings are back and the fragile Chiefs are in deep trouble ahead of their visit to the Crusaders this weekend.

OPINION: Stuffs power rankings are back now each team has played once in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Its a new season, but round two followed a familiar story from last years competition.
The Crusaders are already clear favourites for their fifth successive title after another clinical performance to dispatch the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Sunday.
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Chiefs co-captains Sam Cane and Brad Weber will have to inspire their side after slumping to a 10th successive defeat.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are still searching for their first win in the Kiwi competition after an alarming second-half collapse in last Fridays chastening defeat to the Highlanders in Hamilton.
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The defending champions host the hapless Chiefs on Saturday.
If the new Chiefs coach, Clayton McMillan, was unsure about how tough reviving them will be, Highlanders hat-trick hero Jona Nareki made it clear their confidence is fragile after skipping through their porous defence with ease.
Stuff ignores the ladder and ranks the five teams after each round.
Round two: Friday, Chiefs 23-39 Highlanders; Sunday, Crusaders 33-16 Hurricanes.
1. CRUSADERS (2-0)
Codie Taylor scoring his try for the Crusaders against the Hurricanes.
Two matches, two wins. The Crusaders were rusty against the Highlanders in Dunedin in round one, but the red and black machine was humming on their return home, a 33-16 win over the Hurricanes.
Scott Robertson’s champion side, who gained revenge after the Canes snapped their long winning streak at home last year, are still the benchmark, sitting prettily on their perch. With All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor in outstanding form, who can stop them?
2. BLUES (1-0)
The Blues had the bye in round two but still seem like the only side capable of coming close to the Crusaders after being their nearest challengers last season.
Their 31-16 win against the Canes in the capital in the first round was good enough to earn them second in the rankings, but they will be challenged by the Highlanders, who face them in Auckland on Sunday.
3. HIGHLANDERS (1-1)
What a stunning performance from Nareki, who dragged the Highlanders off the turf and took off to inspire the southerners to their convincing comeback win.
Granted, there are weaknesses the Chiefs exploited when the Highlanders were under immense pressure in the first half of Friday’s 39-23 success, but anything is possible if gamebreakers such as Nareki find space. Their confidence will be sky-high for another trip north against the Blues.
Jona Nareki scoring his hat-trick try against the Chiefs.
4. HURRICANES (0-2)
The Hurricanes have to chew over two successive defeats with their bye this weekend and the beating by the Crusaders was looking ugly as they trailed 33-6 with more than 30 minutes left.
They turned their season around last year in an identical position after two rounds and hung in there as the Crusaders poured forward, with captain Ardie Savea leading from the front with one breathtaking run that almost led to a wonderful breakaway try, but it was a tough day nonetheless.
Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea on the charge against the Crusaders.
5. CHIEFS (0-1)
The Chiefs will say their first 30 minutes against the Highlanders was a positive from another defeat. Maybe theyre right.
However, the manner in which they slipped off tackles and dropped their heads once the Highlanders gained momentum was alarming. This weekend could turn sour quickly if the Crusaders smell blood against a side reeling from 10 successive losses.