The Crusaders scored two late tries to beat the Reds 27-21 in Super 14 rugby on Saturday.
The first-placed Crusaders, who have already clinched a home semi-final, trailed 14-8 at halftime, according to a report on www.news24.com.
Winger Kade Poki scored an early Crusaders try before Reds captain James Horwill did the same for the home side in the 12th minute. Winger Peter Hynes scored the second Reds try, giving the Reds a 14-5 lead.
Retiring flanker David Croft made a break from within his quarter and from the next phase Morgan Turinui bounced a pass to Hynes, who swerved past Poki and then ran over fellow winger Sean Maitland.
Crusaders playmaker Stephen Brett reduced the lead to six points with a penalty goal in the 22nd minute before Kieran Reid, Ali Williams and Daniel Carter piled on tries for the Crusaders to secure the win.
Crusaders 27 (Kade Poki, Kieran Read, Ali Williams, Daniel Carter tries, Stephen Brett penalty, Daniel Carter 2 conversions), Reds 21 (James Horwill, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper tries, Clinton Schifcofske 3 conversions). HT, 8-14.Tweet