The Crusaders have marched into the Tremendous Rugby remaining with a 20-7 win over the Chiefs, producing stonewall defence to safeguard their Christchurch fortress but once more.
Crusaders No.8 Cullen Grace grabbed a decisive brace of first-half tries and Richie Mo’unga gave a masterclass at flyhalf on a drizzly night time at Rugby League Park.
No factors had been scored within the second half,
However the gut-busting defending after the interval stifled a relentless Chiefs assault, guaranteeing Scott Robertson’s crew prolonged their good file in dwelling playoffs to 27 wins.
Bidding for a sixth championship trophy in as a few years, the Crusaders will meet the winner of the Blues-Brumbies who play the opposite semi-final at Eden Park on Saturday.
“It was effort. I am immensely happy with the boys,” mentioned Crusaders skipper Scott Barrett.
“It’s a must to take your hats off to the Chiefs. They threw 120 per cent at us and I am certain there are going to be some sore our bodies over the subsequent few days.”
The Chiefs wanted all the things to go proper for them to upset the Crusaders however suffered a horrible opening quarter and blew three, sizzling attempt possibilities.
Down 6-0 after two early Mo’unga penalties, the Chiefs noticed the primary attempt go begging when Pita Gus Sowakula did not floor the ball within the twelfth minute.
The Chiefs wasted the second likelihood on the cusp of halftime when Alex Nankivell flung a large ball straight to Crusaders winger Leicester Fainga’anuku.
Fullback Josh Ioane later despatched a go crusing over Quinn Tupaea’s head into the terraces because the unmarked centre streamed towards the proper nook within the 54th minute.
The Chiefs battled to the end however had been always repelled by the wall of red-and-black jerseys because the Crusaders stayed agency in an attritional second half to arrange one other championship match in per week’s time.