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Read 'pretty pleased' as Crusaders hit their straps

Kieran Read thanks the Crusaders fans for their support

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Article Published: Sunday 21 July 2013|

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Crusaders Captain Kieran Read says that he was "pretty pleased" with his team's 38-9 Super Rugby Qualifying final victory over the Reds.

The Crusaders booked a place in the Super Rugby Semi-finals against either the Chiefs or the Bulls next weekend after they ended the 2011 Super Rugby Champions title bid in Christchurch.

The Crusaders outscored the Reds by four tries to none and had two tries in the first half disallowed by the Television Match Official.

The Crusaders are now on a five match winning streak making them the form team going into the Semi-finals.

Both the Brumbies and the Bulls lost their final regular season matches while the Chiefs and the Cheetahs won their last match in the regular season but lost their penultimate matches.

The Crusaders dominated the Reds in all facets of the match and the battle between Dan Carter and Quade Cooper failed to live up to it's promise as the Queenslander was kept subdued by the often brutal Crusaders forward effort.

"That was pretty pleasing," Crusaders captain Read said.

"I guess it's good to hit your straps at this time of year. ... It was a great start from our guys which set the tone pretty early and it continued on from there.

"I think in finals games defence is where your character shows and probably where it's won."

"Certainly, we stepped up there from last week and I guess the conditions probably helped," he added.

"We were able to play a bit of free-flowing footy which is nice as well."

 
 
 
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