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Crusaders outclass Chiefs to book place in Super Rugby final

The Crusaders have overwhelmed the Crusaders 27-13 in Christchurch to book their place in the 2017 Super Rugby final.

The home side led 10-6 at halftime, before an attacking onslaught in the second half saw them outclass their opposition and take the win.

FULLTIME: Crusaders 27 Chiefs 13

The siren goes and the Crusaders boot the ball into touch! They're into the final for 2017 at the expense of the Chiefs.

78 mins: Crusaders 27 Chiefs 13

TRY! The Chiefs aren't going down without a fight! Lienert-Brown makes a burst and manages to offload to Retallick who goes over and scores.

McKenzie converts, but it's surely too little, too late from the Chiefs.

74 mins: Crusaders 27 Chiefs 6

TRY! And that should seal it, The Crusaders have a scrum on the five metre line, Drummond takes the blindside option and finds Tamanivalu who goes over for his second try of the game. 

Mo'unga with another kick, this time from the sideline. He's missed it away to the right. Crusaders lead by a whopping 21 points.

71 mins: Crusaders 22 Chiefs 6

The Chiefs lose the ball on the five metre line, the Crusaders get the ball back to Havili who clears straight to Lowe who drops the ball! The Crusaders can counter now! Bridge looking to runaway before being hauled in, but the Chiefs give away another penalty, this time the Crusaders look to go for the try.

69 mins: Crusaders 22 Chiefs 6

Damian McKenzie makes a burst and fires a wide pass out to James Lowe! The passes back inside to Finlay Christie, who kicks and races Dagg to the tryline. The Crusaders' winger gets there first and forces a 22-dropout.

66 mins: Crusaders 22 Chiefs 6

Lienert-Brown has absolutely walloped Ryan Crotty! The ball goes free and Mo'unga puts a bomb up. Aaron Cruden claims it and calls for the mark.

64 mins: Crusaders 22 Chiefs 6

The Chiefs desperate now, and they've got a lineout. Stephen Donald passes to McKenzie, who tries to pat the ball on to Nanai-Williams, but the ball goes forward. Crusaders' scrum.

60 mins: Crusaders 22 Chiefs 6

TRY! You won't stop Tamanivalu this time thought! The Crusaders move the ball quickly from the back of the scrum, and the winger is in the right place at the right time to smash over for a try! 

Mo'unga with another kick, and it's good! Crusaders now ahead by 16.

58 mins: Crusaders 15 Chiefs 6

Have we got a try? A kick over the top has Tamanivalu racing away to score, Kerr-Barlow comes out of nowhere and gets himself underneath the ball to save a certain try, Crusaders' scrum.

56 mins: Crusaders 15 Chiefs 6

The Chiefs' attack is smothered by the Crusaders, and they force the turnover! Dagg kicks high and McKenzie is solid under the high ball, he clears the ball and the Crusaders will have a lineout.

54 mins: Crusaders 15 Chiefs 6

The Crusaders on the counter again! Crotty makes a burst before throwing the ball back inside where Charlie Ngatai gets rid of any danger. The Crusaders return fire and Kerr-Barlow is taken out by Mo'unga in the air to win the Chiefs a penalty! Cruden kicks for touch and the Chiefs will have a lineout.

51 mins: Crusaders 15 Chiefs 6

TRY! The Chiefs back in possession in the middle of the park. McKenzie has a darting run before being bought down by Matt Todd! The Crusaders manage to snatch the ball and kick through! The Chiefs dally trying to clear the ball, with James Lowe taking too long. Mo'unga charges down his attempt at a kick and the ball's gone straight into Israel Dagg's hands! 

The winger runs away and scores unchallenged! The ref wants to check with the TMO, and it's all good! Mo'unga with the kick now, and he's pushed it away to the left! Crusaders lead by nine.

47 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 6

Kerr-Barlow runs off the back of the scrum before finding Lowe, Havili makes a great covering tackle and the Chiefs have lost the ball for offside! This Crusaders defence has been unreal so far tonight.

45 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 6

Cruden slinks through a gap and gets the offload away to McKenzie! The Chiefs on the 22m line now. Nanai-Williams tries to step through, the Chiefs racking up the phases, and they win a penalty! It's against Joe Moody but it'll only be a scrum, rather than a chance to kick for goal.

43 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 6

The Chiefs win a penalty after Bryn Hall doesn't release. Aaron Cruden kicks deep down field to give the Chiefs a lineout on the 10m line.

41 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 6

Both sides make their way back out onto the park. The Crusaders are just 40m away from a shot at their first title since 2008, the Chiefs will need to dig deep to deny them the chance to play for it.

Richie Mo'unga kicks off to get the second half underway.

HALFTIME: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 6

The Chiefs make a burst now! McKenzie darts up the sideline and offloads to Cruden, who finds Lienert-Brown. James Lowe now flies up the wing! The Chiefs are close again but Harris knocks it on! What defence from the Crusaders!

The Crusaders have a scrum, they get the ball out to Tamanivalu who kicks into touch to bring the first half to a close.

37 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 6

Cruden kicks over the top and Nanai-Williams is away! He's tackled and the Chiefs look to get there quickly. Kerr-Barlow offloads to Messam who's tackled, the Chiefs are so close! The Crusaders give away a penalty for not rolling away! Sam Cane points to the posts and the Chiefs will have another shot.

This one's straight in front and McKenzie's slotted it. Crusaders' lead cut to just four.

35 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 3

The Chiefs with a whopping 73 per cent of possession tonight. Israel Dagg has knocked the ball on in the air. Chiefs scrum with five to play in the first half.

33 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 3

Cruden kicks over the top and Mo'unga does well to tidy up. Hall kicks over the top and McKenzie starts the counter attack. Lienert-Brown crashes through the line before being tackled. The Crusaders' defence has been epic so far tonight, and they manage to win a penalty! Ryan Crotty the hero.

29 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 3

There's another race to the tryline now! McKenzie kicks through after Hall drops the ball! It's McKenzie v Goodhue and this time the Crusaders' centre gets there first to force a 22-dropout.

27 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 3

The Crusaders clear from the scrum and the Chiefs surge forward once again. The referee has the arm out for a Crusaders offside. The referee blows and the Chiefs opt to take the points.

McKenzie lines up his first kick of the night, and he's got it! Chiefs on the board, but the Crusaders still ahead by seven.

22 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 0

Chiefs' lineout. They look to force their way upfield and the referee has the arm out, James Lowe kicks and it's a foot race! Nanai-Williams v Goodhue and the Chiefs' winger wins it! He slides over to score! What a reply from the Chiefs!

Wait a second! The TMO interjects to check whether Nanai-Willaims has grounded the ball. Has he got control of it? No try is the decision! What a moment that could be!

19 mins: Crusaders 10 Chiefs 0

TRY! Lineout for the Crusaders. Taylor finds Whitelock and the Crusaders pack drives! They're making good ground here, Mo'unga kicks but it's charged down by Cruden!

Nanai-Williams kicks to try and catch the Crusaders out at the back, but Dagg cleans up. Mo'unga tries to step his way out of trouble, Crotty finds Dagg who makes a break, he gets the offload for Bryn Hall who's going to run away and score! What a counter attack!

Mo'unga with his second kick of the night, and he's got it! Crusaders lead by 10!

14 mins: Crusaders 3 Chiefs 0

Penalty! Mo'unga has no trouble with the kick and the Crusaders lead by three!

13 mins: Crusaders 0 Chiefs 0

Joe Moody hits a gap! He's tackled and Scott Barrett finds Goodhue! The Crusaders looking ominous here, Mo'unga steps a couple of defenders before finding Read. Dagg has a charge at the line, the Crusaders just metres away now! Hall goes wide to Havili who passes back to Goodhue who goes close!

The Crusaders have a penalty now, the Chiefs were offside. Do they take the three or go for the try. They point at the posts, Mo'unga will have a shot.

10 mins: Crusaders 0 Chiefs 0

The Chiefs still looking to run the ball, Kerr-Barlow finds Lowe with an offload before the winger is tackled. Lienert-Brown runs but is tackled, Messam finds Ngatai who is tackled. Kerr-Barlow passes to Cruden who spills it! There was no pressure on him at all there, Crusaders scrum just inside their own half.

8 mins: Crusaders 0 Chiefs 0

The Crusaders have advantage after a Chiefs' knock-on, they look to run the ball and Havili makes a break to end the advantage. The Chiefs have the ball back and kick to Tamanivalu, who returns fire. Retallick makes a run at the line, Kerr-Barlow kicks over the top, Dagg claims and calls for the mark.

5 mins: Crusaders 0 Chiefs 0

Cruden makes a burst for the Chiefs! He's surely in to score but Matt Todd keeps up with him and makes a try saving tackle to force the knock on! What a save from Todd!

2 mins: Crusaders 0 Chiefs 0

Bryn Hall clears the ball and the Chiefs have a lineout. Harris throws short and gets the ball back, the Chiefs looking to work the ball upfield. McKenzie kicks over the top, Havili claims it and calls for the mark.

KICK OFF! 

We're away! Aaron Cruden kicks off and the Crusaders will have the first possession!

7:34pm

A huge roar goes up as the Crusaders make their way onto the park! Kick off not far away now!

7:33pm

The Chiefs are first out of the tunnel! They'll need a huge performance here, with the home crowd against them.

7:30pm

Not long to go now! A chilly night in Christchurch as both teams back in the sheds.

7:24pm

The Chiefs have made their way into the changing room to get their final bits of preparation done. The Crusaders meanwhile, are still out on the field warming up. Make of that what you will.

7:16pm

What a night in Christchurch! Both sides out on the field going through their final warm-up routines before kick off.

PRE MATCH

After a 17-0 victory over southern rivals the Highlanders, the Crusaders are one step closer to lifting their first title since 2008.

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Scott Robertson's men came through a bruising encounter in the wet, never looking like losing as they booked themselves a home semi-final.

Their opponents, the Chiefs, have had things a little more difficult, completing the round trip to South Africa and back after their quarter-final victory over the Stormers.

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The Chiefs have history on their side tonight, winning nine of their last 13 encounters with the Crusaders, as coach Dave Rennie hopes to lift one last title before he departs for Scottish side Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season.

TEAMS

Crusaders: 15. David Havili, 14. Israel Dagg, 13. Jack Goodhue, 12. Ryan Crotty, 11. Seta Tamanivalu, 10. Richie Mo'unga, 9. Bryn Hall, 8. Kieran Read, 7. Matt Todd, 6. Jordan Taufua, 5. Sam Whitelock, 4. Scott Barrett, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Codie Taylor, 1. Joe Moody.

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Reserves: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. George Bridge

Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Tim Nanai-Williams, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 12. Charlie Ngatai, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden (c), 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (c), 6. Liam Messam, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Mitchell Brown, 3. Nepo Laulala, 2. Nathan Harris, 1. Kane Hames.

Reserves: 16. Liam Polwart, 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Atu Mol, 19. Dominic Bird, 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Stephen Donald, 23. Shaun Stevenson.