27 Jun 2011

Crusaders leave today

7:29 am on 27 June 2011

The Crusaders head for South Africa from Sydney today to make an early start to preparations for their Super Rugby semi-final against the South African conference winners the Stormers.

They remain an chance of an eighth title after beating the Sharks in Nelson and the Durban-based side's coach John Plumtree say it's not as hard to adjust going to South Africa as it is coming to New Zealand.

And the former Wellingtion coach says the Crusaders are capable of finishing their earthquake affected season by beating the Stormers then the Queensland Reds or the Blues.