The first semi-final of Super Rugby 2014 saw the Crusaders hosting the Sharks at AMI stadium in Christchurch. The Cell C Sharks were sent packing 38-6. An early penalty for the Crusaders saw Dan Carter help his team to an early lead with three points.
The first try of the match came from Kieran Read. This came as the Sharks lost a kick in the midfield. Pat Lambie finally got his team on the scoreboard with a penalty from 40 metres out; 10-3 was the score.
The Sharks continued losing the ball with poor handling and kicking. Jake White’s boys managed to get the ball away from the Crusaders scrum only to lose the ball forward. The hosts attacked off their scrum but Jean Deysel infringed which saw Carter being handed a kickable shot at goal.
Carter extended the lead to 10 points after he scored a penalty making the score 13-3. Cobus Reinach was found offside at the edge of the 22. Carter made no mistake with a penalty.
Pat Lambie hammered over another three points with a penalty making the score 16-6. Lambie missed his third penalty right before half-time and the first half ended with the Crusaders in the lead and looking ominous. The second half started from Lambie’s boot starting a Sharks recovery.
Poor kicking by the Sharks continued as they continued to give the ball away. After winning the scrum the Sharks gave the ball away and were punished for it. This turnover saw Nemani Nadolo score another try for the hosts making the score 21-6.
Carter’s conversion attempt went wide. As Lambie looked to chase down the lead, he missed the attempt as it faded away to the right. Willi Heinz managed to scoop up the ball from the scrum and scored a try , streching the score to 28-6. The hosts showed no mercy as another try came in from Johnny McNicholl making it 33-6.
Matt Todd sealed the deal for the Crusaders with a last minute try. Even though Carter could not convert from the touchline, the Crusaders ended this semi-final Vodacom Super Rugby match with a 38-6 hiding of the Durban franchise. The Crusaders are now off to the Super Rugby final.