Chiefs defeat Crusaders

Updated: July 28, 2012

The Chiefs booked their place in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby final by producing a passionate and powerful performance to beat the Crusaders 20-17 in Hamilton on Friday.

But on a night where Richie McCaw was again a colossus, it was the Crusaders sure-thing Dan Carter who faltered, missing a few penalties and looking generally a bit out-of-sorts with his play when his team needed him most.

In the end, despite a 20+ phase final onslaught, it was the Chiefs defence who held out, and claimed a famous victory over their more illustrious compatriots.

Later today the cream of South African rugby has risen to the top in the form of the Stormers who host a resurgent Sharks.