Qualifiers were defined at the end of the Super Rugby Trans Tasman. After the triumph against Western force, Blues secured first place. While the other square was left for Highlanders that on Friday he had beaten Brumbies.
The Auckland cast will play at home at the Eden park next weekend when he hosts Highlanders for the final of the competition.
Despite beating Rebels, Crusaders – five-time champion – was not enough to get into the decisive match as he had to achieve at least 32 points of difference to overcome Aaron Smith’s team.
The last title achieved by Blues was in 2003 when they beat Crusaders 21-17 in the Super 12 final. While, Highlanders was champion in the Super 14 2015 when he defeated the Hurricanes 21-14.
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