Crusaders vs Hurricanes Live Stream: Super Rugby Semifinal 2019 History is on the Crusaders’ side as they get set to host the Hurricanes in Saturday’s Super Rugby semifinal.The Hurricanes have never beaten the Crusaders at the business end of the season. The Crusaders won all four finals series encounters against the Hurricanes between 2003 and 2008 in an era where the All Blacks-stacked southern franchise boasted Richie McCaw and Dan Carter.
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Since their first post-season trip 20 years ago, the Crusaders have appeared in 16 Super Rugby semifinals, winning 11 — including the first seven they contested between 1998 and 2006.
The defending champions haven’t lost a game since going down to the Highlanders on 17 March 2018. Their only other loss this season came a week before that against Saturday’s semi-final opponents.
With momentum behind them, one would expect the Crusaders to be buoyed by confidence from their recent on-field performances, as well as home ground advantage. However, Crotty has claimed that in reality, their self-belief is made on the training ground.
“I think you take confidence from how you prepare, I think if we plan deep in our preparation and preview them like we have and put the time in during the week, that’s where you can get confidence from, how well prepared you are,” RNZ reported Crotty as saying.
OPINION: Two of the world’s better rugby factories, the cities of Christchurch and Johannesburg, will showcase some decent talent during the Super Rugby’s semifinals this weekend.
For those of us old enough to remember the days before professionalism gobbled-up the game’s amateur status and converted it into cash, the mere mention of Jo’burg’s Ellis Park was enough nervous All Blacks fans needed to forget to buy a Golden Kiwi lottery ticket or place a buck on a sure winner in the Riverton hurdles.
Ellis Park is no beauty, but it’s drenched in history that starts from the days when the Springboks got stuck into the ABs. That alone should mean the Lions won’t lack inspiration when they host the Waratahs in front of their boeties from Gauteng on Sunday morning.