17 May 2009

Three NZ teams make Super 14 semi-finals

6:44 am on 17 May 2009

The Chiefs, the Hurricanes and the Crusaders have all won their way into rugby's Super 14 semi-finals.

The Bulls of South Africa complete the final four, finishing at the top of the table after their 27-26 win over the Sharks in Durban on Sunday morning.

In their semi-final the Bulls will host the Crusaders, who beat the Blues 15-13 in Auckland on Saturday night.

Leon MacDonald potted a drop goal for the Crusaders four minutes from full time to get the win.

In the other semi-final, the Hurricanes will return to Hamilton to face the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes beat the Queensland Reds 37-28 to secure their third place table finish.

In other final pool play games this weekend, the Western Force beat the Highlanders 33-28 in Perth.

The Stormers beat the Cheetahs 28-22, in a match that also marked the end of the 15 year career of Stormers flanker AJ Venter.