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    Lions vs Crusaders

    Super Rugby, 6 August, 2017

    Emirates Airlines Park
    Fulltime - Lions 17, Crusaders 25
    Lions   Crusaders
    17 FINAL SCORE 25
    2 TRIES 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Jaco Peyper
    Touch judges: Glen Jackson & Marius van der Westhuizen
    TMO: Marius Jonker

    Match result:

    The Crusaders have been crowned Super Rugby champions for 2017 after defeating the Lions at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg by 25 points to 17 in a hard fought and composed performance in front of over 60,000 fans.

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    Final score
    Lions 17
    Crusaders 25

    Match preview:

    The Crusaders travel to Johannesburg to contest the 2017 Super Rugby final agains the Lions at Emirates Airlines Park, with kick-off scheduled for 12am AEST.

    It’s boiled down to 1 vs 2 in terms of competition points to decide this year’s champion with both sides recording impressive semi-final victories to earn their place in today’s finale.

    Last weekend the Crusaders hosted the Chiefs in Christchurch and produced a defensive master class to keep the Chiefs at bay while ruthlessly keeping the scoreboard ticking over whenever the opportunity would present itself.

    The Lions survived a whirlwind start from the Hurricanes to produce a dazzling second half comeback and overrun the Hurricanes at home, recording a comfortable victory to not only book a spot in the final, but earn hosting rights to boot.

    The match up certainly appeals as a definitive clash of styles, the high octane attack of the Lions versus the defensively sound Crusaders – but that would be ignoring both sides’ capabilities across the park, excellent set piece, exciting and creative ball runners, powerful loose forward trios and gnarled packs. Certainly neither side will see themselves with any more advantage than the other.

    While many would expect an action packed fast paced game, there will no doubt be plenty of nerves to overcome for both sides in front of a packed crowd in Johannesburg and the side which can overcome the pressure and play to their expectations cohesively, particularly on defense, will likely win today’s encounter and this year’s title.

    Matt Todd certainly shapes as a pivotal figure for the Crusaders this evening, his ability to disrupt the opposition ball will likely play a huge role tonight in halting the Lions momentum while Malcolm Marx for the Lions shapes as a match changer also, his dynamic play and work rate could prove a difference for the Lions tonight.

    The composure of the men at the back, in particular Israel Dagg and Ruan Combrinck will be needed this evening.

    It’s tough, and probably has more to do with my own bias but I suspect the big game experience of the Crusaders will show through today – but, the Lions are an outstanding side and have shown once they have the momentum they are near impossible to stop.

    Crusaders by 1.

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    • 2:23am
      Misha said | 2:23am | ! Report

      Well done Crusaders – take away the travel and altitude and it would have been an easy 30+ points victory..

    • 2:18am
      Country boy said | 2:18am | ! Report

      Stats are ubeleivable, pity the red card killed the game!

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        Cadfael said | 4:50am | ! Report

        Blame Smith for that. The TMO had no choice. Jacoi should have sent him without going to thr TMO.

    • 2:17am
      taylorman said | 2:17am | ! Report

      Does put Blackadders era into perspective, 8 seasons, easily the longest of any Saders coach, without a title, now bookended both sides by titles.

      Did Razor do his breakdance, the live feed cut away too soon. Future AB coach for me.

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      Marius Ciliers said | 2:02am | ! Report

      Lions u played like trojand in that last 20.
      With 15 men it couldve gone either way.
      Ure an awsum player and its sad that red came to you.
      Lions u can hold ure head high.

      Congrats Boyz.

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      Corne Van Vuuren said | 1:59am | ! Report

      Lions fought bravely, but u;timately not good enough.

      Congratulations to the Crusaders and their supporters

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      Charging Rhino said | 1:59am | ! Report

      Well done Crusaders. Very good ruck and lineout work.
      Those early mistakes of the Lions that the Saders capitalised on ended up costing them in the end as they couldn’t repeat last weeks storm comeback within the 80 mins.

      Some key moments on the Crusaders try line where a combination of the Crusaders standing tall (lineout steals, huge clearing kicks) and Lions making huge errors (Janse van Rensburg knock on when in the tryline, losing line outs etc) were the difference.
      Not much between these two teams,

      Crusaders were very good tonight. Although I’d still back the Lions if they met again next week, in Joburg or Christchurch. Just not their night tonight.

      • 4:52am
        Coconut said | 4:52am | ! Report

        Each to their own Rhino… I thought the Crusaders dominated for quite long passages of that game, with 15 against 15… they did run out of steam in the last 20 though, that much was obvious. So I would back the Crusaders to win in any other place except Ellis park if they were to play again next week.
        One thing I really liked about the Lions was their pace and urgency with ball in hand, and ability for forwards and backs to link up at speed. They have improved greatly from last year, and are playing a very attractive brand of football, almost a NZ style (highest compliment I can give!). So well done to them, they can hold their heads high after that effort.

      • 6:30am
        BBA said | 6:30am | ! Report

        I would definitely see Lions favourites if they played the Ctrusaders next week. However I cant see how they would be favourites if they had to play the Crusaders in heavy and extremely cold conditions.

        The Crusaders record in home play off games is something phenomenal well into double digits in wins and no losses. I think they have only lost at home once to a South African team in the history of the comp (the Sharks when they were down a man for most of the game too).

        So I cant see how rationally the Lions would be favoured against them in Christchurch.

        Unless you just meant you would be supporting them and have faith to beat them rather than from any analytical considerations.

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      Nobrain said | 1:58am | ! Report

      Great job Digg!!!! Thanks blogging all yaer long!!! Congrats Crusaders and Lions for super season.

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        Diggercane said | 2:00am | ! Report

        Cheers Nobes!

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          Harry Jones said | 2:03am | ! Report

          Maul and LO throw defense (legal or just smart) was crucial. Lions had 3 clear chances snuffed out; once I thought the lifters sacked illegally.

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