Crusaders vs. Sharks: 5 Key Battles for Super Rugby Semi-Final

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Crusaders vs. Sharks: 5 Key Battles for Super Rugby Semi-Final
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The Super Rugby playoff campaign continues to rage on this Saturday, and after triumphing over the Highlanders in last weekend's qualifier, the Sharks now face a daunting trip to the Crusaders.

Head coach Jake White will still be ruing the fact that it could have easily been his side enjoying a home semi-final on Saturday, but they will have to make do with the cards dealt their way, and it's a difficult hand to play.

That being said, the Sharks managed to triumph on their last visit to Christchurch two months ago, earning a dogged 30-25 victory at the AMI Stadium despite playing more than 60 minutes with 14 men.

However, the landscape has transformed for both sides since then, and here we run through which head-to-head matchups will have the biggest impact on proceedings.

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