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Crusaders outclass Sharks and book final spot

Tryscorers Kieran Read and Andy Ellis celebrate a try against the Sharks

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Article Published: Saturday 26 July 2014|

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The Crusaders booked a place in the Super Rugby final when they beat the Sharks 38-6 in their Semi-final at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

The Crusaders will face the Waratahs at ANZ Stadium in Sydney as they beat the Brumbies and finished higher in the standings.

The result extends the New Zealand teams record for winning home Super Rugby Semi-finals against other nations to 17-0.

The Crusaders outscored the Sharks by five tries to none in the match and whilst keeping the Sharks scoreless in the second half they scored 22 points of their own.

Crusaders captain Kieran Read scored the opening try which turned out to be the only try of the first half but had the home side into a 16-6 lead at half time.

The Sharks two first half penalty kicks from Patrick Lambie were the only points that the South African Conference winners scored in the contest.

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White gave his troops a serious talking to at half time while his opposite number Todd Blackadder let the players do the half time talk allowing them to take responsibility for their performance.

The Crusaders took a step up in the second half and scored four second half tries including Nemani Nadolo's 11th try of the season taking him to one behind Waratahs back Israel Folau who leads the list with 12 tries.

All Blacks and Crusaders star Dan Carter had the kicking duties for the Christchurch side and had a bit of an off night with the boot as he kicked two conversions, missing three and landed three penalties for 13 points. In all Carter landed five of his nine shots at goal.

The Sharks kicking proved to be the worst in the match though even though all of their points came from Patrick Lambie's boot. The Sharks kicking game almost entirely eluded them with several territorial kicks not finding touch while one of Lambie's restarts went straight out.

The Sharks aimless kicking allowed the Crusaders to send waves of counter attack at the visitors who struggled to keep up with the pace of the Crusaders game.

The lack of a kicking game cost the Sharks dearly as they never truly threatened the Crusaders tryline and while they had several exciting runs they were outclassed in the contest.

Seven minutes into the second half Nemani Nadolo scored the Crusaders second try which was followed in the 65th minute by replacement Willi Heinz's try.

The Sharks enjoyed little time in the Crusaders 22 and four minutes after Heinz had scored the Crusaders turned the ball over and ran the ball 95m to send Johnny McNicholl over for their fourth try.

The Crusaders got the ultimate reward two minutes from time when they beat the Sharks at their own game by kicking for the corner and line out from a penalty and then sending Matt Todd over in a maul.

Final Score Crusaders 38 (16) Sharks 6 (6)

Scorers

Crusaders
Tries - K.Read, N.Nadolo, W.Heinz, J.McNicholl, M.Todd.
Pen - D.Carter 3
Con - D.Carter 2
Drop -
Cards -

Sharks
Tries -
Pen - P.Lambie 2
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee
: Glen Jackson
AR1: Rohan Hoffmann
AR2: Mike Fraser
TMO: Ben Skeen

Teams

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn,3. Owen Franks,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock ,6. Richie McCaw, 7. Matt Todd ,8. Kieran Read (C),9. Andy Ellis ,10. Colin Slade , 11. Nemani Nadolo , 12. Dan Carter , 13. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 14. Kieron Fonotia , 15. Israel Dagg ,

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell , 17. Joe Moody ,18. Nepo Laulala ,19. Jimmy Tupou ,20. Jordan Taufua ,21. Willi Heinz , 22. Tom Taylor ,23. Johnny McNicholl

Sharks

15. SP Marais , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Frans Steyn , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Pat Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Willem Alberts , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (c) , 1. Thomas du Toit

Replacements, 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Etienne Oosthuizen , 20. Tera Mtembu , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. S'bura Sithole , 23. Tonderai Chavhanga

 
 
 
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