The Crusaders will not rush Kieran Read back in a Rugby World Cup year, meaning the All Blacks captain is facing another three weeks out.
The Sunwolves rocked the Chiefs to claim their first away Super Rugby victory and the Crusaders were too strong for the Reds.
New Zealand pair Richie Mo'unga and Scott Barrett scored two tries each in a convincing win for the Crusaders.
Scott Robertson had been tipped to take over with New Zealand when Steve Hansen steps down, but he has agreed a new deal with the Crusaders.
New Zealand Conference giants the Crusaders and the Hurricanes each came through testing openers in Super Rugby on Saturday.
Owen Franks is looking forward to a new adventure in the Premiership after agreeing to join Northampton Saints.
The Crusaders' assistant coach Brad Mooar will take over from Wayne Pivac in the top job at the Scarlets from 2019-20.
The Crusaders' Super Rugby final win over the Lions was not always pretty, but that suited delighted coach Scott Robertson.
The Lions again came up short in the Super Rugby final, but Warren Whiteley had no complaints as the Crusaders' brave defence triumphed.
Seta Tamanivalu scored in his final match for the Crusaders as they saw off the Lions in the Super Rugby final for the second year running.