15 Jul 2012

Crusaders through to finals, secure home play-off

7:02 am on 15 July 2012

The Crusaders have joined the Chiefs in the Super Rugby playoffs after beating the Western Force 38-24 in Christchurch last night.

The reigning champion Queensland Reds finished the regular season inthird placeafter beating the New South Wales Waratahs 32-16 last night in Brisbane.

The Stormers clinched top spot in the final Super Rugby standings with a 26-21 win over the Melbourne Rebels in Cape Town, the South African side finished two points ahead of the second placed Chiefs.

The Blues finished their poor season on a high after upsetting the ACT Brumbies30-16 in Canberra, which left the hosts relying on other results going their way to make the top six.

TheSharksdefeated the Cheetahs 34-15 in Durban this morning to qualify for the playoffs at the expense of the Hurricanes.

The Bulls have just beaten the Lions 37-20 in Pretoria this morning to claim the final spot in the top six, at the expense of the Brumbies.