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Crusaders seal semi spot

The Crusaders brushed aside the Sharks 36-8 in their Super 15 play-off at Trafalgar Park to set up a semi-final showdown against another South African franchise, the Stormers.

Leading 13-5 at half-time, the Crusaders then lifted their performance in the second half against a tiring Sharks side, although it was not a vintage showing by the seven-times Super champions who at times looked disjointed and uncoordinated.

A lovely intercept try to Kieran Read took the hosts to a 21-8 lead after 50 minutes and they were never seriously challenged after that with the Sharks conceding a series of penalties.

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