Although the Australian teams had struggled early in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, many were picking a close encounter in Brisbane between the New Zealand champions and the Australian champions late on Saturday.
Instead, it was Mo’unga who shone the brightest with a flawless display in front of 30,000 Reds fans. The 22-Test pivot became the first Crusaders first five-eighth to score a hat-trick of tries and landed eight conversions from eight attempts in his 31-point haul.
The final score of 63-28 was the Crusaders biggest ever score over the Reds and snapped a run of 11 straight home wins by Brad Thorn’s side.
Next week the Crusaders face the Waratahs in Sydney while the Reds host the Chiefs.
Check out Mo’unga’s best moments below: