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2011 has been a truly remarkable season for the Crusaders. After the Christchurch February Earthquake, they were left shaken and without a home.
This has caused them to effectively play every game on the road. And despite this they have still been able to play some top rugby and yet again find themselves in the top four.
They are a quality team all over the park and don't really have any weaknesses.
However, there are areas where they will need to target if they are to beat the Stormers. It can be assumed that the Stormers will play a similar game to the one they've played all year, so the Crusaders will know exactly what they have to do to win.
It is almost certain that the Stormers will be physical up front and look to smash the Crusaders' forwards, as was mentioned earlier. Therefore, the Crusaders must match this and be just as brutal, as they were when they triumphed in Cape Town earlier in the season.
If they can gain dominance in the rucks and on defence in the early stages of the game, they will be able to rattle the Stormers, who will have a hard time getting back into the game.
They boast the best loose forward trio in the competition and should they gain dominance at the breakdown, they will be able to make this count.
The Crusaders have the best scrum in the competition and will need to make this count if they are to get the ball to their dangerous backs.
In saying this, the Stormers have shown that they are capable of winning without the ball. It will largely depend on how well the Crusaders' backs play as to how important this will be.
The midfield, in particular, will be crucial. The 9-10 combination of Andy Ellis and Dan Carter will be good. Carter in particular will be influential, that goes without saying. The midfield is more erratic.
Sonny Bill Williams is potentially the most dangerous player in the competition; he is dangerous running, while also has the ability to create for others with his signature offload, which at times is undefendable.
But whether he brings this game is another thing. In the big games he has tended to go into a shell and look to distribute rather than create.
Likewise, Robbie Fruean has shown himself to have a ton of potential, but hasn't fired at all during the second half of the competition. He is dangerous running off Williams, and should they combine in the right way, they will be a handful for the Stormers.
Zac Guildford and Sean Maitland are both try-scoring machines, and both need to ensure they are involved in the game to make their presence felt.
Should all this fall into place, they will be tough to stop. And don't be surprised if it does—the Crusaders are masters of playing good finals rugby.
However, it isn't quite that simple.
Don't forget the Crusaders will be playing in Cape Town, in front of a vocal Stormers home crowd. South Africa has proven to be the hardest destination for New Zealand and Australian teams to win in this competition over the years, and this game will be no different. As mentioned earlier, only one team has ever travelled to South Africa and won a finals match.
But the other thing to remember is that this Crusaders team is used to playing away from home. They have played every game away from their home in Christchurch this year, and while it will still be a tough assignment, the home ground advantage won't be as important against the 2011 Crusaders. Also, the Crusaders have already beaten the Stormers in Cape Town this year, which will give them a psychological boost.
They are the team with huge spirit and physicality up front, coupled with an in-sync backline that should be enough to see them home. If their backs don't fire, they could still win. But it will be left much more up to chance as they will find scoring points that much harder, particularly against the Stormers.
It's still a big task, but if any team could go to South Africa and put all of this together when it matters, it is this Crusaders team.