2018 Super Rugby Final: Crusaders vs Lions live scores, blog

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    Crusaders vs Lions

    Super Rugby, 4 August, 2018

    AMI Stadium
    Fulltime - Crusaders 37, Lions 18
    Crusaders   Lions
    37 FINAL SCORE 18
    4 TRIES 2
    4 CONVERSION KICKS 1
    3 PENALTY GOALS 2
    0 DROP GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Angus Gardner
    Touch judges: Glen Jackson & Nic Berry
    TMO: Shane McDermot

    Match result:

    The Crusaders have won their ninth Super Rugby title in dominant fashion, defeating the Lions 37-18 at home in Christchurch.

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    Final score
    Crusaders 37
    Lions 18

    Match preview:

    The Crusaders host the Lions Saturday night at AMI Park, Christchurch. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 5:35pm AEST.

    The Lions beat the Crusaders by almost 30 points, two years ago. But that was at home in South Africa. Both teams were coached by different people who have since moved to the UK. That was the only win by the Lions in their past eight games.

    This season, Scott Robinson’s Crusaders have looked as invulnerable as his team last year, losing only twice. Their last loss was five months ago. This year, the Lions lost seven.

    The Crusaders is the second highest point scorer, 15 points behind the Waratahs 557. They are the dominating defending team of the competition – the only team conceding less than 300 points.

    Swys de Bruin’s Lions are third best in defence conceding 345 points. They are also third best in attack, scoring 23 points less than the Crusaders.

    Their last encounter was a close affair, with Crusaders winning by only six points. Their previous game was also in “Jozi” resulting in any another close antipodean win, by eight points.

    Their only match played in Chirstchurch was 2015, where Johan Ackermann’s Lions were smashed by 28 points though a comprehensive display of power, speed and smart.

    The Lions have improved since then. Therefore, the three things I look forward to in this match are:

    1. Set piece. Both teams are excellent extremely good scrummagers and line-out pilferers

    2. Lions defence around the edge of the field

    3. The speed of the Lion’s backrow versus the speed and power of the Crusaders backrow

    Prediction
    Both Crusaders and Lions are ensemble teams. Harry Jones predicted that the Lions have an excellent chance to raise the silver Octopus the if they win the LOTTO, which is Line-Out and Turn-Over. I tend to agree. However, I believe they have the same chance of doing that as winning the real LOTTO itself.

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    • Roar Guru

      10:16pm
      Nobrain said | 10:16pm | ! Report

      Congratulations Crusaders!!!!! Excellent team all around.
      Lions are one thing with ball in hand but they leak to many points in defence.
      Thanks RobC!!!

    • 7:56pm
      TheReds said | 7:56pm | ! Report

      Mo unga is the ultimate play maker you want at test level. A balanced fly half unlike Barrett who is more about his running game and maverick play.

    • Roar Guru

      7:31pm
      RobC said | 7:31pm | ! Report

      CONGRATULATIONS TO CRUSADERS AND THEIR FANS WHO WIN 37 TO 18 OVER THE LIONS

      FOUR TRIES TO TWO VIA ONLY 90 RUCKS (LIONS 124)
      RICHIE MO 100% FROM THE TEE

      MOST STATS THE SAME EXCEPT:
      – SADERS MISSED ONLY 1/7 TACKLES. LIONS: 1 / 5
      – SADERS 7 TURNOVER CONCEDED. LIONS 13
      – LIONS 13 OFFLOADS, 11. made no diff

      WHO’S YOUR:
      – MAN OF THE MATCH
      – MAN OF THE SERIES
      – REF / TMO OF THE SERIES

      • Roar Guru

        7:39pm
        Machooka said | 7:39pm | ! Report

        Thanks MrRobC.. not the best game but at least it wasn’t just one way traffic. As expected the ChCh mob took the chocolates but thankfully those Lions just didn’t roll over all easy like…

        Congrats Kia Kaha et al 😉

        • Roar Guru

          7:50pm
          RobC said | 7:50pm | ! Report

          cheers, MrChook. It was interesting, esp around 50 when it was a 10 point game

        • Roar Guru

          3:13am
          Kia Kaha said | 3:13am | ! Report

          Thanks, Chook. And thanks for your blogs this year and the game tonight, Rob.

          • Roar Guru

            11:19am
            RobC said | 11:19am | ! Report

            Pleasure KK!

            Havent heard from you as much. Hope you / all are well, sir.

            Congrats again. Saders too good!!! Enjoy the win

            • Roar Guru

              5:11pm
              Kia Kaha said | 5:11pm | ! Report

              The kids keep me busy, Rob. Boundless energy and now in summer go to bed the same time as I do.

              Very much savouring this win, thanks.

    • Roar Guru

      7:28pm
      Kia Kaha said | 7:28pm | ! Report

      Hard luck to the Lions and their supporters. To make three consecutive finals with no joy is cruel. They played well in big patches throughout this game but this Crusaders defence is just so hard to breach.

      This has been a very pleasing title campaign from my point of view. They were faced with adversity early on but they strung victories together and just grew from strength to strength. Their incredible home record in the finals continues.

      Big shout out to Wyatt Crockett, Pete Samu and Seta Tamanivalu. Thanks for your service, especially the big prop who cruelly did not make the final. But you came back when your team needed you the most. Incredible resilience.

      • 7:37pm
        moa said | 7:37pm | ! Report

        Good shout out Kia.
        Crockett magic for ‘decades’.Taminivalu had very strong season.

    • Roar Guru

      7:27pm
      Kashmir Pete said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      worthy champs

    • 7:27pm
      moa said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      Gutsy from Lions but a bridge too far in the end.
      Well done those hardy southern men.

    • 7:26pm
      Mike said | 7:26pm | ! Report

      Congrats Crusaders, worthy champions once again. Wasn’t quite sure whether I was watching the Crusaders or the All Blacks!

    • 7:25pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      A good final … Crusaders fans congratulation …. I’m envious that you have such a great team to support and follow …

      Lions fans … OK you guys did not get the chocolates but you showed great heart and commitment ..pat yourselves on the back …heroic performance

    • 7:25pm
      Julz said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      Congrats Crusaders. Just a great rugby team, right up there with the great Crusaders teams of the past.
      Scotty Robertson is a future ABs coach no doubt.

    • 7:25pm
      System of a Downey Jr said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      Ruthless

    • 7:24pm
      Faith said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      Lions gave this a better shot than I expected. Best game I’ve seen them play all season in effort. Saders won this on defence and great tactics based on their homework on the Lions. Boyd was right – Saders have 20 points on next best teams Canes, Lions and Chiefs. And maybe 30 on next tier – Tahs, the Clan et al …

      • 7:30pm
        Nick said | 7:30pm | ! Report

        Except they beat the Tahs by 2

      • Roar Guru

        7:34pm
        RobC said | 7:34pm | ! Report

        Faith, Tahs lost by only 2 in AMI Park

        • 7:55pm
          Faith said | 7:55pm | ! Report

          Yes, and Saders beat Lions by 8 at home. Finals a whole different ball game. Saders had 20 on a Lions that steamrolled the Tahs. Saders therefore have 25 on Tahs …

          • Roar Guru

            7:58pm
            RobC said | 7:58pm | ! Report

            Sure Faith, still Tahs lost by only 2 in AMI Park

            • 8:09pm
              Pistol Pete said | 8:09pm | ! Report

              and we all know that the saders got a massive gift from the ref to win that game. funny how so many seem to have forgotten that.

              • Roar Guru

                9:07pm
                taylorman said | 9:07pm | ! Report

                Was it the final? No. You have to get there for that to be interesting here.

                What the Tahs did at some rare high point in their season is irrelevant now.

            • 8:23pm
              Faith said | 8:23pm | ! Report

              Sure RobC but Saders won 14 out of 16 and Tahs won 9 lost 7.

              • Roar Guru

                9:41pm
                RobC said | 9:41pm | ! Report

                Sure faith. But I dont care about either teams. Im a Reds fan

    • Roar Guru

      7:23pm
      RobC said | 7:23pm | ! Report

      82

      Crusaders 37
      Lions 18
      SILVER OCTOPUS GOES TO THE SADERS

      LO win. AGAIN.
      WW quickly to Kwagga. He spin runs through the tackler!
      The Saders still scramble

      A couple more desperate phases 5m out
      And ITS LOST. Kicked out

      THATS IT! GAME OVAAAAAA

      Saders to the end. DEFENCE IS TOOO GOOD

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