7:43pm Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, April 12 (Reuters) - Winger Nemani Nadolo scored a hat-trick of tries and flyhalf Colin Slade contributed 25 points as Canterbury Crusaders beat Cheetahs 52-31 in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday to keep alive their playoff hopes.
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
A couple of late tries clinched a 28-7 victory for Canterbury Crusaders over Golden Lions Saturday in a Super Rugby match at Ellis Park.
Ellis Park, Johannesburg 2.05am (AEDT)
Livewire winger Alapati Leiua fended off five tacklers in a brilliant individual try to lift the Wellington Hurricanes to a thrilling 29-26 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday.
Richard Knowler Six tries in four matches. It's a grotesque statistic the Crusaders won't like to be reminded of.
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Friday 5.35pm (AEDT)
New Zealand forward Kieran Read will play his 100th Super Rugby match as the Crusaders look to continue their resurgence against New Zealand rivals, the Hurricanes, in Christchurch on Friday.
Chris Barclay Four years after being a bit-part member of the Waratahs squad, hulking winger Nemani Nadolo may be just what the Crusaders have been looking for.
The Crusaders scraped a 14-13 win over the Stormers in Christchurch to post their first win of the Super Rugby season and maintain a proud 13-year record.
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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will miss about half of the Crusaders' Super Rugby season after breaking a bone in his thumb.
Duncan Johnstone The Crusaders will know on Monday whether Richie McCaw will require surgery on a broken thumb that will have him absent from their struggling Super Rugby campaign for up to eight weeks.
Benji Marshall sat on the bench for the entire match as the Blues downed the Crusaders 35-24 in the Super Rugby clash in Auckland on Friday.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder continues to drop bombshells with All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg the latest casualty.
Defending champions the Chiefs have produced a lionhearted defensive effort to beat the Crusaders 18-10 in a fiercely fought Super Rugby contest in Christchurch.
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Richard Shute Crusaders v Chiefs at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
The Melbourne Rebels have moved to add more speed to their 2014 side by signing young New Zealand winger Telusa Veainu from the Crusaders.
All Blacks great Daniel Carter will follow the lead of captain Richie McCaw in taking a six-month break from the sport.
Richard Knowler Tenacity, sheer determination and a vital intercept try by Aaron Cruden booked the Chiefs a place in the final after they beat the Crusaders at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
WELLINGTON: Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has no qualms about leaving All Blacks captain Richie McCaw on the bench for Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Marc Hinton For a team that's a perennial contender, it's been a while since the Crusaders have finished a Super Rugby season how they'd like to. On the evidence of this, that could be about to change.
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
Jim Morton The Queensland Reds have been forced to make four backline changes for their knockout Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
A Crusaders forward pack comprising eight All Blacks will have Richie McCaw supporting them from the reserve bench when they face the Queensland Reds.
Darren Walton The Queensland Reds will head to Christchurch confident of conquering the Crusaders to complete an unprecedented sweep of New Zealand opposition and keep their Super Rugby championship hopes alive.
The Crusaders secured home advantage for the first elimination round of Super Rugby play-offs in wrapping up a 25-17 win over the Hurricanes at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday.
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AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)