Super Rugby 2019: Crusaders v Jaguares Final Prediction

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Super Rugby comes to an end this weekend with the Crusaders hosting the Jaguares in Christchurch. My Superbru challenge has fizzled out a little over the past few weeks, with most matches going the way of the favourite offering little chance to catch up.

And if you’re behind going into this weekend, you have next to no chance of catching up I would say, so just sit back and enjoy the final and rue those missed opportunities earlier in the year.

The men from Canterbury have won the last two Super Rugby titles, whilst the Argentinian side has never made the semi-finals before this season, let alone the final.

The Jaguares are much improved however, despite losing Nicolas Sanchez, and as an England fan, their form concerns me ahead of the Rugby World Cup, given that many of these players will pull on the Pumas jersey with Argentina in the same group as both England and France.

But realistically, this final is only going one way.

The Crusaders have won their last 30 (THIRTY!) home matches in a row, and they have beaten the Jaguares on the two occasions they have played previously – by 17 points in 2016 and by 26 points in 2018. The bookies are giving the home team a 13-point handicap.

I’m not necessarily saying it will be easy for the Crusaders, and the Jaguares can compete up front and potentially give them a scare, particularly with Ryan Crotty absent in midfield.

But the Crusaders know how to win, much like the All Blacks, and they’ll find a way to do so.

My Superbru Prediction: Crusaders by 8

7 thoughts on “Super Rugby 2019: Crusaders v Jaguares Final Prediction

  1. It is going to be a battle for supremacy in the Southern hemisphere.Argentina’s national team disguised as Jaguares against a All Black laden franchise.

    From humble beginnings, the 24 Argentine provinces were allowed to field one team in the Vodacom competition,in which they eventually achieved success.

    They achieved 3rd place in 2007 and 4th place in 2007.They made their entry into super rugby in 2016 end ended the competition in 13th place.

    As it was basically a National team they formed a solid and cohesive unit and if they pull it off against the Crusaders they will be formidable opponents in the World Cup.Crusaders experience should see them through.

    Crusaders by 3.




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  2. TRB must have ‘heard’ me! Well done (to them). Anyway, 2007 must have been a difficult yr for The Jags to have achieved 3rd AND 4th place!? V an ‘AB laden’ (@ least 12?), albeit ‘past their sell by’, team, it will be a tough one away from home for The Jaguares. Also tough for Canter, whom will have to be wary not to let The Jags get off to a flyer. Although The Saders have slipped up a couple of times this season, they ought be be able to contain the Arrgentines & pull away in the last 1/4er. Sure won’t want the big one get away @ home, so Crusaders by 8.




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  3. Guess TRB don’t work on Sunday, so have to post here for the SR final result. Bit of a grind of a game, with 1 try. Seems Canterbury’s ‘past their sell bys’ weren’t quite past it after all. Although The Jags won the territory, possession game, they couldn’t win the match. Plenty of endeavour, even skill, but with ltd try scoring opportunities on offer, they fluffed a couple of chances. Their wing was unable to dot it down & they kicked for same, but the miracle bounce went awry. Became more ragged in the last 1/4. Probably contributed to prior to this, by their reverting to too much kicking, too inaccurately. Better to have retained it & @ least kicked more judiciously & sparingly. 1 try might have changed the game’s balance, but in the end, in the conditions, @ home, Canterbury just had too much experience & nous. PS Wonder if the recently announced AB R Championship squad will feature here? Composition may be of interest to England fans ahead of the nearing WC?!




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  4. This is what the jaguares coach had to say after the match:(news 24)”I think our biggest achievement this season was that this team believed in themselves, in what they were doing and what they were trying to do.

    “With that big confidence they will start the Rugby Championship and prepare for the World Cup.

    “There were no injuries so the (World Cup) group will be this group plus all the international players who are in Europe, so I think that is a massive way of starting the preparation.”

    Pumas coach Mario Ledesma has brought in Europe-based forwards Juan Figallo (Saracens), Facundo Isa (Toulon), Ramiro Herrera (Stade Francais) and backs Nicolas Sanchez (Stade Francais) and Benjamin Urdapilleta (Castres) to his World Cup squad.

    But he has left out prominent wings Juan Imhoff (Racing 92) and Santiago Cordero (Exeter) believing the position is sufficiently covered by the Argentina-based Jaguares players.




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    1. That their ‘ biggest achievement this season was that this team believed in themselves’, might be tempered a little by the fact that their nr international side didn’t beat another nr international side missing a couple of its key AB’s.




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