Fiji Time: 4:29 AM on Friday 29 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Super Rugby semi-finals preview

AAP
Friday, July 25, 2014

Update: 10:00AM Preview of Super Rugby semi-finals (NZ times) Saturday, July 26

Crusaders v Sharks at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, 7.35pm

Head to Head: Played 20; Crusaders 14, Sharks 5, drawn 1

In Christchurch: Played 11; Crusaders 10, Sharks 1

Last clash: Round 14, 2014 - Sharks bt Crusaders 30-25, AMI Stadium, Christchurch

A heavyweight tussle between the best of New Zealand and South Africa. While the Crusaders have found their groove and flexed their muscles after the June Test break, the Durban-based Sharks have struggled to rediscover their early form. Jake White's men only just scraped past the Highlanders last weekend but showed they have the set-piece and forward strength to overpower any team.

They are also same Sharks who stunned the Crusaders two months ago to be the first South African team in a decade to win in Christchurch. King Richie McCaw returns to the starting side at No.6 and Dan Carter stays at second five-eighth where he will often feed rampaging Fijian Nemani Nadolo.

Tip: Crusaders by 8

NSW Waratahs v Brumbies at Allianz Stadium, Sydney, 9.40pm

Head to Head: Played 24; Waratahs 13, Brumbies 11

In Sydney: Played 13; Waratahs 11, Brumbies 2

Last clash: Round 17, 2014 - Waratahs bt Brumbies 39-8, ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Last time the bitter rivals met in Sydney for a top-four play-off, the Brumbies blew the Tahs out of the water. Little chance this time as a tight, yet entertaining, spectacle is promised.

Although NSW romped to the minor premiership and are title favourites, the Brumbies know what it's like to win - and lose - big play-off games. They've produced their best performances of the season in wins over the Force and Chiefs and are playing with great pace and skill.

Tip: Waratahs by 3








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64250.6235
JPY 51.950448.9504
GBP 0.36730.3593
EUR 0.44050.4285
NZD 0.69550.6625
AUD 0.65390.6289
USD 0.48920.4722

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Chilling out in Chile
  2. Tourist 'was reckless'
  3. Rent price concerns
  4. Priced out
  5. Missing livestock mystery
  6. 10-year jail term for sex exploitation
  7. $30m dividend record
  8. Ministry to upskill teachers
  9. Row over clean-up
  10. Social site users warned

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  6. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  7. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  8. Mum rises above limits Wednesday (27 Jul)
  9. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)