Crusaders in good form ahead of big decider

AFTER dismantling the Sharks 38-6 in Christchurch, the Crusaders players would no doubt have hoped the Brumbies upset the Waratahs in the other Super Rugby semi-final to earn home ground advantage in the decider.

That wasn't to be, but the seven-time champions will still fancy their chances of taking title number eight, with star players such as Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Corey Flynn and Sam Whitelock all in great form.

But the player who has made a name for himself with the Crusaders this season is giant winger Nemani Nadolo (pictured). Standing 196cm and weighing 123kg, Nadolo, formerly known as Ratu Nasiganiyavi, grew up in Brisbane and signed with the Waratahs in 2009 before switching to French club Bourgoin in 2010/11, and then the Exeter Chiefs.

Nadolo has scored 11 tries in 13 matches this season after making his Super Rugby debut against the Rebels in round five.