Crusaders win Super final

The Crusaders travelled to South Africa and defeated the Lions in the Super Rugby final.

(Someone mentioned this earlier but I was avoiding it as much as possible, I have just been able to watch it).

The Lions started well but lost the ball hard on attack and the Crusaders opened the score with a try at the other end.

The Crusaders then applied pressure and eventually got another try to open a handy lead.

A Lions player was red carded after a Crusader had a dangerous fall after jumping to catch a kick, unfortunate but the only option to the referee.

The Crusaders gradually stretched their lead, and while the Lions came back with two tries the Crusaders defence was too good for them to get close.

The Lions were unbeaten all season until the final, beating the Hurricanes last week in the semi.

The Crusaders were the other dominant team. The Hurricanes beat them in the final round, and the Highlanders went very close twice, but the Crusaders were just too good through the season and in the final.


  1. lurcher1948

     /  August 6, 2017

    The Crusaders won,GREAT but the cold hard facts are they won by 8 points and played a 14 player team for 46 minutes MORE LIKE LUCKY.The lions WOULD have won with 15 players and thats a fact.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 6, 2017

    Yay to the Crusaders – carrying the Kiwi flag for two decades.

  3. Blazer

     /  August 6, 2017

    Big win…broke a hoodoo.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 6, 2017

    Gave my fluffies a lovely run and walk around Wairau park in Hikurangi on the way home. Another great facility that FNDC can’t match.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 6, 2017

      Oops, wasn’t supposed to go here!

      • Gezza

         /  August 6, 2017

        Dogs, or the Mrs & Steppie? 😳

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  August 6, 2017

          Steppie came too after a horsey weekend but mainly the four-legged fluffies.

  5. Ah no the Lions were not unbeaten all season Pete – they lost in Argentina in round 3…..

    The Lions record for the year was 14 wins, 1 loss. Same as the Crusaders. They finished top of the standings and hence the playoff seeding’s due to 2 extra bonus points. Lions 65 points, Crusaders 63.

    The Crusaders played 6 games against NZ opponents in the regular season – then two more in the playoffs. The Crusaders won 5 of 6 regular season games, then the 2 playoff games against NZ opposition

    The Lions play no games in the regular season against NZ teams…. the won 1 of 2 of the playoff games against NZ opposition, losing to the Saders in the final this morning

    The conference system and number of teams throws up this type of unbalanced schedule at the moment – but I like it. NZ is currently strong with 4 sides in the top 8 overall and the Australian and 2 South African based conferences are relatively weak.

    But that could easily change – NZ has field some pretty weak teams, even the mighty Crusaders were horrible in years 1 and 2 of the competition then know as Super 12…. competitive balance will return given time, especially with the reduction in SA teams next year…