21 Jul 2012

Carter shines as Crusaders bring down the Bulls

10:00 pm on 21 July 2012

The Crusaders have won their Super Rugby playoff match, beating the Bulls 28-13 on Saturday night in Christchurch.

Todd Blackadders' side scored only one try, to the Bulls' two, but won thanks to the golden boot of All Black Dan Carter.

The first five-eight converted Zac Guildford's first-half try, struck six penalties and added a drop goal.

They led 16-3 at half-time but the South African side fought back after the break with unconverted tries from Wynand Olivier and Dewald Potgieter.

Despite this, the Crusaders never looked like losing at Christchurch Stadium against a team they have always beaten in New Zealand.

They will now face either the Stormers in South Africa or the Chiefs in Hamilton next weekend for a place in the final.