Coach Ricki Herbert admitted this was a crucial victory for his side.

"Rest assured we'll give it our best shot to win it," Herbert said.

"I think it's in everybody's best interest now, you get yourself into a final to do what we can.

"We came across pretty confident (but at) half-time I was wondering where that confidence has gone," Herbert admitted.

"I think we backed ourselves, we knew with the results today what we had to do and a win would get a (home) final so we've achieved that."

"But more importantly it's going to be a great chance again to look at 90 minutes, I thought some of the players were quite outstanding tonight, (they) rallied around and showed that depth of character that is going to be hugely important in what's going to be a tough year."