Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says that their home ground advantage in their Super Rugby qualifier on Saturday against the Reds "makes all the difference".
The Crusaders finished in fourth place in the overall Super Rugby standings after their beat the Hurricanes 25-17 on Friday and are now ranked as the top 'Wildcard' team which earns them a home qualifier.
The Reds, who defeated the Crusaders to win the 2011 Super Rugby title in Brisbane, must now travel to Christchurch where coach Blackadder says AMI Stadium has become a fortress for the Crusaders this year.
The Crusaders have played eight Super Rugby matches at home in Christchurch in 2013 and they remain undefeated.
"We are now at the business end of the competition and playing knock out rugby," he said.
"Having a home ground advantage makes all the difference at this stage of the competition," Blackadder told TVNZ.
"I know the Crusader fans will be right behind the team on Saturday and will show the Reds what it is like to play at our fortress."
The Super Rugby draw for 2013 caused the Crusaders and the Reds to miss each other this year and the last time the teams met was in 2012 when the Crusaders won 15-11 in Christchurch.
"The team are extremely focused and have shown in recent games that if we do our homework and stick to our game plan we are a force to be reckoned with."
"It's going to be an intense, physical and passionate game of footy between two great sides and I know we have what it takes to come away with a win."
"This weekend's game is likely to be the final home game of this season, so Crusader fans brandish your swords and come out in support of the team this coming weekend.
"There is nothing like playing in front of a home crowd and I know the boys get a huge lift when they hear the roar of the home crowd," said Blackadder