The Crusaders will meet the Queensland Reds in the final of 2011 Super Rugby final after both teams enjoyed comfortable semi final wins.
The homeless Crusaders, who had their stadium devastated during the Earthquakes that struck New Zealand have played the remaining 8 games of the regular season at various stadium’s, travelled to Newlands Stadium in Cape town to beat the Stormers 29-10.
The damage was done in dominant first half that saw the Crusaders score two tries through Robert Fruean and Sean Maitland both of which were converted by Dan Carter.
Carter took his tally for the game to 19 points with 2 second half penalties as the Crusaders shut up shop in the final 40 minutes to keep the Stormers at bay.
Todd Blackadder’s side will now face the Quade Cooper inspired Queenslanders, who themselves have seen their state impacted by Natural disasters in 2011, after the Reds were equally comprehensive in their 30-13 win over the Auckland Blues.
While Cooper might have provided the inspiration for the win with his hands setting up two tries, the Australian standoff was less inspiring from the boot, missing four of 7 kicks. The Reds didn’t have it as easy at their New Zealand rivals however, heading in at the break 15-7 up thanks to tries from Rod Davies and Ben Tapuai.
However a strong second half saw Davies complete a hat trick of tries to send the Reds through to next Saturday’s decider.
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