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5 reasons the Crusaders will win

5 reasons the Crusaders will win

The Crusaders enter their eleventh Super Rugby Final rightly confident, for unlike recent seasons they appear to have rediscovered that wonderful timing which has seen the red and black machine peak to win seven championships.

FINAL FLASHBACK: Chiefs defeat Brumbies

FINAL FLASHBACK: Chiefs defeat Brumbies

With just two days remaining until the 2014 Super Rugby Final, we cast a look back to last season's decider, when the Chiefs won their second title with a 27-22 win over the Brumbies.

Head-to-heads for the Super Rugby Final

Head-to-heads for the Super Rugby Final

Ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby Final, we have decided to pick out the key head-to-heads set to take place at ANZ Stadium this Saturday.

Over 50,000 tickets sold for the Final

Over 50,000 tickets sold for the Final

The Tahs will have the backing of a Super Rugby record crowd when they run out at ANZ Stadium this Saturday.

Crusaders also unchanged for Final

Crusaders also unchanged for Final

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named an unchanged side to take on the Waratahs on Saturday night.

Semi-Finals set new broadcast benchmarks

Semi-Finals set new broadcast benchmarks

Broadcasting figures from the Super Rugby Semi-Finals show an immense increase in viewership at the business end of the competition.

Crusaders puzzled by stadium change

Crusaders puzzled by stadium change

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder and centre Ryan Crotty have admitted their surprise at the Waratahs switch of stadiums for the Super Rugby Final.

Ten odd Super Rugby stats for 2014

Ten odd Super Rugby stats for 2014

Super Rugby 2014 is drawing to a close ahead of Saturday's final, so we've taken a look at some numerical anomalies.

Foley unconcerned by history

Foley unconcerned by history

Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley is not worried about his team's record against the Crusaders ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby Final in Sydney.

Slade focused on Final after AB snub

Slade focused on Final after AB snub

Being dropped from the All Blacks squad wasn't the best way for Colin Slade to prepare for the Super Rugby Final but he's not moaning about it.

Phipps hails Gibson and Grey

Phipps hails Gibson and Grey

Waratahs scrumhalf Nick Phipps has praised the impact defence coach Nathan Grey and former Crusader Daryl Gibson have had in Sydney.

Nathan Charles re-signs with Force

Nathan Charles re-signs with Force

Hooker Nathan Charles will be a part of the Force’s 10th Super Rugby season in 2015 after re-committing with the club through until the end of 2016.

Waratahs unchanged for Super Rugby Final

Waratahs unchanged for Super Rugby Final

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has named an unchanged side for Saturday night's Super Rugby Final against the seven-time champion Crusaders at ANZ Stadium.

Craig Joubert to referee Super Rugby Final

Craig Joubert to referee Super Rugby Final

Experienced South African referee Craig Joubert will oversee the 2014 Super Rugby Final between the Waratahs and Crusaders at ANZ Stadium this Saturday.

Super Rugby Final tickets on sale Monday!

Super Rugby Final tickets on sale Monday!

Tickets for Saturday night's Super Rugby Final go on sale to Waratahs members this Monday afternoon with the general public to follow on Tuesday.

Record crowd expected at ANZ Stadium

Record crowd expected at ANZ Stadium

An all-time Super Rugby record crowd is expected to descend upon Sydney's ANZ Stadium where the Waratahs and the Crusaders will battle for the title next Saturday evening.

'Tahs to host first ever Super Rugby Final

'Tahs to host first ever Super Rugby Final

Stubborn defence and a brilliant late try booked the Waratahs a home final in Sydney next weekend by beating the Brumbies 26-8.

Crusaders gallop into Super Rugby Final

Crusaders gallop into Super Rugby Final

The Crusaders booked a place in their eleventh Super Rugby Final with a 38-6 victory over the Sharks at AMI Stadium on Saturday.

EDITORIAL: Bismarck the bridesmaid?

EDITORIAL: Bismarck the bridesmaid?

It is an uncomfortable image, the fearsome Bismarck du Plessis and his band of Sharks, one of the more intimidating units in Super Rugby and a franchise desperately keen to shake off a moniker that doesn’t mix well with the team.

Brumbies deserve title says Mowen

Brumbies deserve title says Mowen

Brumbies number eight Ben Mowen believes his side deserve to win the Super Rugby title because of the work they have put in over recent seasons.

Dagg backs strike power out wide

Dagg backs Crusaders strike power out wide

Crusaders full-back Israel Dagg insists it won't be all about the forwards in their semi-final clash with the Sharks.

Cheetahs confirm Strauss departure

Cheetahs confirm Strauss departure

The Cheetahs have confirmed that Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss will not be renewing his contract in Bloemfontein.

Can the Crusaders win title No.8?

Can the Crusaders win title No.8?

This is it, a critical clash where the Crusaders impeccable home record will want to be maintained despite being most recently blemished by the Sharks, where the men from Durban were just the 20th team to beat the red and blacks at home since 1996.

Waratahs expecting biggest ever crowd

Waratahs expecting biggest ever crowd

Only 5,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s massive Semi-Final derby clash between the NSW Waratahs and the Brumbies. With over 38,000 tickets now sold, the match is expected to be played to a record-breaking capacity Allianz Stadium crowd.

Preview: Waratahs v Brumbies

Preview: Waratahs v Brumbies

An all-Australia semi-final in Sydney sees the table-topping Waratahs host 2013 runners-up the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium.

Preview: Crusaders v Sharks

Preview: Crusaders v Sharks

Travelling to a knockout game in Christchurch is historically the most difficult task in Super Rugby, but if there is a team equipped to cause an upset in Saturday's first semi-final, it's the Sharks.

Gareth Anscombe signs with Cardiff Blues

Gareth Anscombe signs with Cardiff Blues

The Cardiff Blues have announced the signing of Gareth Anscombe from the Chiefs on a long-term deal.

Adam Ashley-Cooper to make history

Adam Ashley-Cooper to make history

Despite being one of the most experienced Waratahs, centre Adam Ashley-Cooper will get to erase a blemish on his career this weekend.

Mbonambi leaves Bulls for Stormers

Mbonambi leaves Bulls for Stormers

Western Province Rugby have signed former South African U20 and Bulls hooker Bongi Mbonambi, who will move to Cape Town ahead of 2015.

Blues re-sign four players

Blues re-sign four players

Luke Braid, fellow flanker Brendon O’Connor and wing Frank Halai have all signed one year deals with the Blues while halfback Bryn Hall has re-signed until the end of 2016.

Lambie and Deysel in Sharks' XV

Lambie and Deysel in Sharks' XV

The Sharks have named Pat Lambie at 10 for their Super Rugby Semi-Final against the Crusaders, with flanker Jean Deysel also starting on Saturday.

Brumbies deny they will target Folau

Brumbies deny they will target Folau

Brumbies scrum-half Nic White admits getting inside the head of Waratahs full-back Israel Folau is a pointless exercise as he is a "genuine freak".

Brumbies unchanged for Semi-Final

Brumbies unchanged for Semi-Final

The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for Saturday's all-Australian Super Rugby Semi-Final against the Waratahs in Sydney.

McCaw returns as Crusaders change two

McCaw returns as Crusaders change two

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has made two changes to the starting XV that beat the Highlanders two weeks ago, including the re-introduction of Richie McCaw.

Sio urged to use his 120kg frame

Sio urged to use his 120kg frame

Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher has urged prop Scott Sio to use his 120kg body to counter the Waratahs' physicality in Saturday's semi-final in Sydney.

Cheika chasing a rare North / South double

Cheika chasing a very rare North / South double

Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika is drawing from his experience with Leinster as his team sit two wins from the Super Rugby title.

Ellis backs Carter to fire

Ellis backs Carter to fire

Crusaders scrumhalf Andy Ellis believes playmaker Dan Carter will have a huge role to play in Saturday's Semi-Final against the Sharks in Christchurch.

Beast not in Sharks' touring party

Beast not in Sharks' touring party

The Sharks have named their squad that has flown to Christchurch ahead of their clash with the Crusaders, with Springbok Tendai Mtawarira absent.

'Tahs bring back the big guns

'Tahs bring back the big guns

The Waratahs have recalled Israel Folau, Jacques Potgieter and Rob Horne for their Super Rugby Semi-Final against the Brumbies on Saturday.

Is this Super Rugby's Team of the Year?

Is this Super Rugby's Team of the Year?

With the regular Super Rugby season done and dusted, we put our heads together to select the Super Rugby XV of 2014.

Sharks sneak into Semis

Sharks sneak into Semis

Scrum power and defiance eventually shone through for the Sharks as they squeezed past the Highlanders 31-27 at Growthpoint KINGS PARK.

Brumbies end Chiefs' title run

Brumbies end Chiefs' title run

The Brumbies will go to either Sydney or Christchurch for their Super Rugby Semi-Final after they beat the Chiefs 32-30 at GIO Stadium on Saturday.

Sharks re-gain Lambie

Sharks re-gain Lambie

The Sharks will have Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie on their bench for Saturday's Super Rugby Qualifier against the Highlanders in Durban.

Tanerau Latimer hails 'ruthless' Chiefs

Tanerau Latimer hails 'ruthless' Chiefs

Chiefs flanker Tanerau Latimer has sighted a ruthless edge as being key to his side's turnaround in form at just the right time in Super Rugby 2014.

PREVIEW: Sharks v Highlanders

PREVIEW: Sharks v Highlanders

The Sharks will be carrying the hopes of a nation as they look to salvage South Africa's Super Rugby season in their Qualifier against the Highlanders in Durban.

PREVIEW: Brumbies v Chiefs

PREVIEW: Brumbies v Chiefs

Saturday's first Super Rugby Qualifier is a rematch of last year's Final, with the Brumbies hosting the Chiefs in Canberra.

Jake White taking nothing for granted

Jake White taking nothing for granted

The Sharks have named their squad for Saturday's Qualifier against the Highlanders and won't be taking anything for granted.

Ben Smith returns for the Highlanders

Ben Smith returns for the Highlanders

Ben Smith returns to action as the Highlanders name their squad to tackle the South African Conference champions in Durban on Saturday. 

Chiefs change one for Brumbies showdown

Chiefs change one for Brumbies showdown

The defending Super Rugby champions have named their team to face the Brumbies in Saturday night's Qualifier at GIO Stadium in the Australian capital.

Robbie Coleman returns to Brumbies' XV

Robbie Coleman returns to Brumbies' XV

Robbie Coleman returns to the Brumbies starting side on Saturday night when his team takes on the Chiefs in their Super Rugby Qualifier at GIO Stadium.

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