Crusaders Blast Reds 38-9 To Storm Into Semi-Finals

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Reuters
Centre Ryan Crotty scored a brace of tries and Dan Carter ran riot as the Canterbury Crusaders demolished the Queensland Reds 38-9 in Christchurch on Saturday to storm into Super Rugby's semi-finals.

Dan Carter

Centre Ryan Crotty scored a brace of tries and Dan Carter ran riot as the Canterbury Crusaders demolished the Queensland Reds 38-9 in Christchurch on Saturday to storm into Super Rugby's semi-finals.

Crotty combined with Carter in a glittering partnership to score a try in each half, and the New Zealand flyhalf helped himself to another as the home side tore the Australians' defence to shreds on a chilly night at AMI stadium.

Winger Tom Marshall scored a fourth try as the Crusaders set up a last-four showdown with either the defending champion Chiefs in Hamilton or the Bulls in South Africa.

Carter, in majestic form at the business end of the season, came off 10 minutes early after a 20-point game, shortly after the crowd welcomed back All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who came off the bench for his first Super Rugby appearance this season after a sabbatical.