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Cape Town – TheCrusadersconfirmed a Super Rugby final against the
Jaguareswith a 30-26 victory in a bruising cliffhanger semi-final
against theHurricanesin Christchurch on Saturday.
As it happened: Crusaders v Hurricanes
It extended the nine-time champion Crusaders’ unbeaten home record to
30 although twice in the second half the Hurricanes closed within one
point and threatened a boilover.
The Jaguares had earlier qualified for the final for the first time when they swamped the Brumbies 39-7 in Buenos Aires.
The Crusaders led 13-0 after 39 minutes before a dramatic turn in the
game when the Hurricanes dropped their kicking plan and took to running
They scored just on half-time and immediately after the resumption to close within one point.
But every time they touched down the Crusaders responded and opened up a four-point gap at the end with a Richie Mo’unga penalty.
“Both teams really deserved to win that,” Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said.
“It had Test match intensity.”
Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock was concerned with how many of his side would be available for next week’s final.
“There are some sore bodies, guys
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