Crusaders

Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Sharks set up Crusaders clash with narrow win over Highlanders

So close: Jean Deysel drops the ball before the tryline.

The Brumbies and the NSW Waratahs have a showdown next weekend in Sydney to see who plays in the Super Rugby title match.

Jeff Wilson

The All Blacks factor means the Crusaders will win Super Rugby title

Crusaders

Jeff Wilson History tell us that the New South Wales Waratahs are now the favourites to win this year's Super Rugby championship.

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Rugby

Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

Spiro Zavos Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs.

Rugby

Crusaders raise stakes for Highlanders with bonus-point victory

Strong contribution: Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo clashes with Richard Buckman in Christchurch.

Richard Knowler All the stars aligned for the Crusaders on Saturday night as they scored four tries to grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.

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Richie McCaw out for Crusaders

Sidelined: Richie McCaw.

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will miss the Crusaders' crucial final round Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Crusaders v Blues

AMI Stadium, Chrsitchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Crusaders v Highlanders

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Dan Carter, Kieran Read recalled to Crusaders starting line-up

Dan Carter.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has thrown caution to the wind and named All Blacks duo Dan Carter and Kieran Read in the starting side for Saturday's crunch Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Blues left struggling after hiding by Crusaders

Crusaders 21 Blues 13 Richard Knowler The power of Nemani Nadolo has probably killed the Blues' Super Rugby title hopes after the Crusaders won a brutal encounter in Christchurch on Saturday night.

Rugby

Nemani Nadolo brace leads Crusaders to win over Blues

Wrapped up: Crusaders veteran Andy Ellis is smashed by Blues forward Tony Woodcock.

Two tries to the Crusaders' powerhouse Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo wrapped up a 21-13 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Christchurch on Saturday.

Carter on Crusaders bench in rugby return

He's back: Dan Carter.

All Black five-eighth Dan Carter has been named to return on a Crusaders bench packing serious firepower for their Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Hurricanes v Crusaders

Westpac Stadium, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

Hurricanes down Crusaders with Blade Thomson sharp in attack

Blade Thomson tries to make a break for the Hurricanes against the Crusaders.

Lock Blade Thomson provided the finish to two counter-attacks to help the Hurricanes keep their Super Rugby play-off hopes alive with a 16-9 win over the Crusaders in Wellington.

Brumbies vs Crusaders

Chris Wilson The Brumbies take on the Crusaders in Christchurch in their round 12 match, from 2.35pm.

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Union

Crusaders beat Brumbies to continue 14-year New Zealand curse

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 03: Scott Fardy (C) of the Brumbies reacts after the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Brumbies at AMI Stadium on May 3, 2014 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton It started with a traffic delay and ended in a Christchurch annihilation as the Canterbury Crusaders inflicted the biggest defeat of the ACT Brumbies season on Saturday night.

Union

What we learnt: Brumbies v Crusaders

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Chris Dutton All the talking points after the Brumbies' horror trip to Christchurch and a 40-20 loss to the Canterbury Crusaders.

Reds v Crusaders

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Sunday 4.05pm (AEST)

Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby Live: Reds v Crusaders

Ankle injury: Will Genia.

Phil Lutton Rugby Live: Reds v Crusaders

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