The Super Rugby play-offs have begun in familiar fashion, with the ruthless Crusaders powering clear in the second half to beat the Highlanders 38-14 in their quarter-final in Christchurch.
It may be the final round but there's still eight teams fighting for the final four wildcard places. Who'll make the 2019 quarterfinals?
The Crusaders will retain their name for the next Super Rugby season at least but their logo will be changed following an outcry in the wake of a mass shooting in Christchurch almost three months ago.
The Crusaders dismissed any potential concerns about a late-season form slump with a 66-0 thrashing of the Rebels in Christchurch.
There's plenty of mind games going on in Australia, while Liam Squire returns in New Zealand to press his All Blacks claims, and the Bulls have gone all in on Handre Pollard.
Only the Reds and Sunwolves are out of contention for the Super Rugby finals. We've analysed the form and run home of the other 13 sides, settling on some fearless predictions in the process.
With the Crusaders and Hurricanes in contention for a potential Super Rugby final, some key All Blacks could be spared a trip to Argentina. It's an opportunity for Steve Hansen to throw some fringe players into the World Cup mix - Craig Dowd writes.
It was a lopsided contest on paper, but the Chiefs came from behind to shock the Super Rugby-leading Crusaders in Suva on Saturday night.
Flyhalf Richie Mo'unga had a hand in all of the Crusaders' points as they put a controversial week off the field behind them to beat the Blues in Christchurch and extend their lead at the top of the New Zealand conference.
While the refereeing in South Africa has raised some eyebrows across Super Rugby, it's the increasing amount of scrum resets and general uncertainty that is really upsetting fans - Craig Dowd writes.
The Crusaders are defending star back George Bridge, who they say was their only player caught up in a Cape Town incident which has resulted in accusations of homophobic slurs.
The Crusaders have strongly denied allegations some of their players exhibited "homophobic behaviour" during an altercation with members of the public at a McDonalds restaurant in Cape Town.
Jean-Luc du Plessis slotted a penalty for the struggling Stormers with the last kick of the game to ensure a thrilling 19-19 draw against Super Rugby log leaders the Crusaders at Newlands on Saturday.
Winger Sevu Reece scored a hat-trick of tries as the Crusaders made light work of the Bulls with a comprehensive 45-13 Super Rugby victory at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.
Luke Jacobson is the latest back-rower to throw his name up for the All Blacks No. 6 jersey. There are a number of candidates, and Kieran Read could well be one of them -- Craig Dowd writes.
The Crusaders' Mitchell Hunt scored a try and added the conversion after the final hooter to snatch a 21-21 draw in their Super Rugby clash with South Africa's Sharks in Christchurch on Friday.
Rising teenage rugby star Nick Frost has joined the Brumbies after a stint at one of the best nurseries in the sport, the Crusaders.
Aaron Mauger has the Otago-based franchise humming, while the Reds can press a strong playoff claim this weekend. In South Africa, the teams each have key players injured.
Sevu Reece crossed for two tries and set up another for Braydon Ennor as the Crusaders sent a chilling message to the rest of the Super Rugby teams with a convincing victory over South Africa's Lions.
Star Crusaders five-eighth Richie Mo'unga has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby on a three-year deal in a major coup for the All Blacks.
We've reached the halfway point of the 2019 Super Rugby season. The Crusaders are clear at the top, but the chasing pack is not small in size. We review your team's progress here!
Super Rugby champions the Crusaders recovered from a halftime deficit for the second week in a row to thrash the Highlanders and extend their unbeaten run at home to 24 matches.
The Crusaders last weekend played their first home game since the Christchurch terror attack. ESPN was there on the ground as the nine-time Super Rugby champions navigated the situation with aplomb.
Super Rugby round 9 is highlighted by the Blues playing for their fifth consecutive win as they look firmly placed in the playoff race, while the Reds go on tour and the Sharks aim to solidify their place at the top of their conference.
The Brumbies have blown a chance to end their Super Rugby drought against the Crusaders, falling away in the second half to lose 36-14 in Christchurch.
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