The Crusaders have fired the opening shot in the psychological war ahead of the Super Rugby final against the Waratahs in Sydney.
The Waratahs have booked their place in the Super Rugby final after beating the Brumbies in their semi-final in Sydney.
The Waratahs have the lure of hosting their first Super Rugby final if they can get past the Brumbies this weekend.
Former All Black and Highlanders wing Jeff Wilson has predicted that the Crusaders will win this year's Super Rugby competition.
Jacques Potgieter will start at lock for the Waratahs in this weekend's Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies.
New Zealander Glen Jackson will be the referee for the Sharks' Super Rugby semi-final against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says negotiations to keep Kurtley Beale in rugby union are progressing well.
The Crusaders head into the Super Rugby playoffs more confident than they have been in years after booking a home semi-final.
The top-of-the-table Waratahs have crushed a hapless Reds outfit in their Super Rugby encounter in Brisbane.
Fullback Israel Folau has been ruled out of the Waratahs' final Super Rugby clash of the regular season against the Reds.
The Waratahs have killed off any hopes that the Bulls may have had of luring utility forward Jacques Potgieter back to South Africa.
Likeliest South African winner of Super Rugby 2014 ... could well be the Waratahs’ Jacques Potgieter now, writes Rob Houwing .
Israel Folau has scored his 12th try of the season as the Waratahs beat the Highlanders to clinch first place on the Super Rugby table.
Super Rugby log-leaders, the Waratahs, have suffered a blow with captain Dave Dennis ruled out for the season.
The Waratahs have gained a bonus-point win over the Brumbies and surpass the Sharks at the summit of the Super Rugby standings.