Super Rugby Pacific highlights: Crusaders pull away from Reds to reach semi-finals

Colin Newboult

Richie Mo'unga of the Crusaders celebrates his try with Sevu Reece and David Havili of the Crusaders during the Super Rugby Pacific Quarter-Final match between the Canterbury Crusaders and the Queensland Reds at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, June 3, 2022. (AAP Image/John Davidson/via Photosport) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY ** STRICTLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE, NO BOOKS **

The Crusaders showed their experience and quality when it mattered to see off a spirited Reds side 37-15 and reach the Super Rugby Pacific semi-finals.

The Australian outfit were without some key players, including international stars Taniela Tupou and James O’Connor, but they put up a good showing despite those absentees.

They were only 13-8 in arrears shy at the break thanks to Lawson Creighton’s penalty and Suliasi Vunivalu’s well-taken try.

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Richie Mo’unga responded for the New Zealanders with a brace of three-pointers in the first half while Will Jordan continued his fine form by touching down.

Mo’unga then extended their buffer to eight on the stroke of half-time with another successful effort off the tee, but the Reds refused to give up and Filipo Daugunu’s score kept the game in the balance in the second period.

The shock was very much on but, as is the Crusaders’ way, they ended the contest strongly. Their fly-half put them back in control by crossing the whitewash from short range before Sevu Reece and Tamaiti Williams completed the win.

Scott Robertson’s men now move into the Super Rugby semi-finals where they will face either the Chiefs or Waratahs.

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